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

Teacher Advisory Workshop

  • What is the hope of what TA/AG will be
  • Create a clear vision statement
    • this is the purpose of AG
    • make it a shared vision statement
    • make sure that every student has at least 1 adult advocate in the building that they develop a deep sense of connection with
    • students need a positive connection with an adult
    • share the vision statement with kids and get their feedback
  • TA/AG should be stressed as equally important when compared with academics
  • Scott found that TA was most effective during the middle of the day (no tardiness or early dismissal)
  • TA has the power to be a “culture changer”
  • Avoid letting TA turn into “homeroom” and make sure that it is purposeful
  • Asking the students what they want out of TA, what kinds of activities are meaningful to them, what would they like to do
  • Will need to pursue the possibility of providing resources and funding for TA activities
  • had students write a letter to themselves and give it to them at their graduation
  • There should be a focus on what the purpose of each year of TA should be
  • A community map of resources that was generated by the TAs..identified the expertise from the parents and relatives
  • have each TA create their own flag and/or their own t-shirts...something to enhance the sense of community and relationship to one another
  • Suggestions for things to do in TA/AG (components of TA:  academic, community, service, movement and one day a week for PLP and specifically reflection time)
  • At least 1 academic check-in each week
  • team-building activities that will establish the group as a community
  • service-designing an activity that has a cause or purpose (letters to soldiers, doing something for TBPS students...etc)
  • something that includes movement

Characteristics of effective TAs
  • sense of community
  • promote open communication
  • know and care about their advisees
  • closely supervise advisees academic progress
  • problem solvers and advice givers
  • students and advisors perceive the advisory directly improving academic performance
  • students and advisors perceive the advisory function as a community of learners

**establish a student advisory committee to help in the on-going development of TAs

Five key dimensions of successful advisory programs

  • shared purpose
  • thoughtful organization
  • relevant advisory program content
  • ongoing assessment
  • strong leadership

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