CBMS- MGI Mission Statement

Focus Statement for our work at the MGI, and in year #1, with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education: In year #1 of our partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, CBMS staff will analyze and re-design the CBMS learning environment, with the goal of supporting an increase in personalized learning and meaningful pursuits for our students. We will be aiming to create a learning environment which allows our students to engage in learning that incorporates interests, questions and concerns about issues of personal and social significance in a democratic society. This work will begin in the Middle Grades Institute in June, where we will run a jigsaw approach towards exploring this lofty goal. Small groups will focus on:
*The utilization of time- how can the CBMS daily schedule change to better allow us to meet this goal?
*The roll-out of Personal Learning Plans @ CBMS- what needs to happen for these plans to quickly become a cornerstone of personalization?
*1:1 environment @ CBMS- what can this look like, and how do we get there?
Student Empowerment and Student Voice- how can these be ramped up @ CBMS?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

During this week, I plan to incorporate the plp process into literacy for a six week "PLP-Literacy Unit"  I am bouncing off of Brian Dumais' and Ron Taylor's ideas.

I have consulted with John Downes, Jen Hill, and Alex Houston about this idea -- and they have all provided good suggestions and insights.

The goals include:
- address the problem of the concept of personal learning and actually providing this time in a core class.
- Make this available to other LA teachers.
- Write biographies that are transferable to AG leaders and other teachers.  (People can make suggestions and learn about the students also.)
- Connect to the Vermont Transferable Skills.
And.... many other aspects yet to come...  

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