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

Student Voice Committee

Student Action Team
Goal: To infuse more student voice into the daily goings on of the school day. (The why)
Who:  Each team sends 2 kids per team. (Senate style)  These students will gather information from the different teams and will bring these ideas to the action team meeting.  There will be 2 teachers on this team as well.  Each team chooses which students go (student voting, teacher choice, speeches, however the team sees fit). 
What might be discussed at these meetings:  
  • Assembly planning
  • School climate
  • TV in lobby
  • PLP
  • Attending/participating in other staff action teams
  • Newspaper
  • Other student ideas!
When:  This student action team would meet one Wednesday a month from 2:00-3:00 (students and teachers are relieved of duties during that time.)
Where: Conference room.
How it changes the daily goings on:
  • Students come up with action steps
  • How is this rolled back to the teams?  Through team meeting and survey/email notifications.

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