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

PLP Focus Group Tuesday Reflections

PLP Focus group

GOALS for the group and for the end of this week:
1) Determine the purpose of PLP for the students and teachers and families
2) Work on student engagement piece before the actual PLP begins: “who am I”?
students to explore identity, disposition, learning styles, mindset
3) Timeline/map for implementation of PLP (short and long-term goals) big picture through 2018-19, and nuts and bolts for 2015-16 for next year and to think about the continuum within WWSU (challenge after lunch)
4) Develop a student-friendly and student-driven mission statement based on ACT 77 - given that there is no language in the law about student input in the process

The PLP group explored the difference between a PLP at the 5-6 level and the 7-8 level. We discussed having the 5-6 PLP for this year's rollout be more about "Who am I?" and being called an EEP - Explore Everything Plan (thanks, Melissa!) with perhaps a Personal Goal for 6th grade, and the 7-8 PLP being more evidence-based and including more academic and "the future"-related goals. We talked about building the PLP gradually over 4 years, so that the first COHORT in 2018-19 will have experienced most aspects of the PLP process.

The group honored the work of last year's pilot group, and looked at materials and the timeline provided by that group's members.

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