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?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Last day thoughts...

I think Tiffany and Sarah and probably others expressed this: We are all here with the best of intentions.  As I worked and watched others throughout the week -- I kept thinking of my two years at Tuttle Middle School.  It was 1968 when it first opened.  We really did get the best of the best in terms of care, inspiration, and education.  When I moved to SLC right after that, I was a full year ahead of the students in Utah.  I still remember my English teacher, reading and seeing Romeo and Juliet; Mr. Means, my science teacher, who taught so much like the model we strive for today.

I am lucky.  I am here again - and I am with Educators who really want to create the best learning environments for our students.  My new unit will be challenging, and that is a good thing.  Thank you.

Victoria Taylor Smith
Language Arts Teacher, Titan Team
Crossett Brook Middle School

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