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?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reflection on Day Three at MGI

    After beginning the day on a foggy note due to the deep and meaningful discussions about learning and taking action steps that went late into the night, I became more excited as the day went on. We made real progress in the schedule group, beginning with actually thinking about limitations. We had grand plans coming into this, and we still have them, but for having something viable to begin the school year with, we focused on the main goals we had for a new schedule. We realized we had achieved the most important of those, and then hammered out the details. Presenting it to the rest of the staff at the end of the day was very satisfying.

   The other event that was pleasing today was having the consultation with strand leaders due to my "hybrid" status here at the institute. I now know exactly what I have to do to earn my graduate credit and it something completely attainable during these last couple days of here. 

  After two days of a lot going on in multiple directions with no clear end in sight, I feel much better about my time here and the viable and meaningful changes we could bring about at our school come fall.

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