Planning – Priority 7 Detail

Vision – We engage all students in learning, raising the aspirations of all students by embracing them in a learning environment designed to meet the needs of all learners.  We provide a comprehensive curriculum aligned with state and national standards that challenges and prepares all learners from Pre K to 12 and beyond.  The curriculum is research-based and consistently integrates best practices to provide a focus that is aligned horizontally and vertically across all grades and addresses the needs of all students.  The Melrose Public Schools employs highly-qualified teachers and administrators who engage students in a positive and dynamic manner, are student-focused, and work individually and collaboratively to effectively deliver instruction and assessment and advance student performance in all areas of learning.  (excerpt:  Melrose Public Schools Strategic Plan 2010-2015)

Theory of Action – If educators plan instruction with clear learning objectives, develop a culture and climate that fosters strong relationships within the school community, design a current and well-articulated curriculum, and apply the best instructional practices, then teaching and learning will advance and realize high levels of growth and personal success for all learners.

Strategic Objective – Planning: Employ purposeful and deliberate planning that is designed to provide each student the opportunity to achieve a high level of content mastery and skill development.

strategic priority – Working with Great Schools Partnership, develop an understanding of proficiency/competency based learning and identify grades, classes, content areas in which current practices could be expanded.

 

Updates

Sessions for parents were held during Parent University on competency/proficiency based learning.

Grades 6-12 staff were introduced during the November PD day to proficiency based learning.  The staff also began working on draft “Habits of Learning.” The work of the day was summarized by the Curriculum Review Working Group. The team will continue into the winter to develop indicators for other grade spans. The document will then be shared with additional groups for feedback.

A representative group of staff from the high school visited Nobles High School in Maine to learn more about implementing competency based education.

A representative group of staff from the middle school visited Coventry Middle School in Rhode Island to learn more about implementing competency based education.

A site visit is planned for March to an elementary school to learn more about implementation of competency based education at this level.

A representative group of educators form Grades K-12 developed draft standards for indicators in Humanities. the draft will continue to be revised this winter as well as developing indicators for each grade level.  The document will be shared with multiple stakeholders.

Art and Music K-12 teachers have met regularly with GSP consultant to develop and articulate graduation competencies.

Secondary art teachers are creating an Art I competency portfolio.

Draft Habits of Learning have been developed. The Habits were shared with various groups to help revise the document further. In the summer, scoring criteria will be developed for the Habits of Learning.

Humanities completed a draft of content area standards. Revision of the standards and beginning of scoring criteria will begin this summer.

Art and music have draft content area standards. These will be revised this summer while also developing scoring criteria.

Faculty and Great Schools Partnership coach presented to School Committee a review of CBE research and development to date.   Plans for next year’s piloting and further development will be finalized this summer.