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?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I spent a large amount of time last night working through my thoughts on tier 2 intervention in regards to scheduling.  In addition to the "comment" I've included on the draft here are some of my other thoughts.

Changing the purpose of my classroom time from thoughtful observation and analysis, geared towards individualized interventions, to a push-in service model would have severe consequences on the quality of services I can provide for our students.  My present purpose for working in classrooms is to ensure that I am thoroughly versed in the material presented, as well as the methods and strategies teachers use to deliver that material to the students.  This allows me to most effectively identify the source of gaps in understanding, build from and supplement the student’s current knowledge and processes, and thoughtfully construct strategies to apply during our small group and individual time.

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