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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Learner-Centered Staff Development



Session Purpose: The purpose is to provide techniques to increase reading comprehension for students, specifically Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students on the state Reading assessments at the end of the school year.

Learning Objective to Be Addressed: The learning objective is the use of graphic organizers to support reading comprehension for English Language Learners in 4th Grade so that 70% of all 4th Grade low LEP students meet or surpass the state Acceptable Standard on the state Reading assessment at the end of the current school year.
Approving Principal: Cindy Harrison
Presentation Date: January 6, 2013
Grade Level:
4th and 5th Grades (school wide)
Facilitator:
Stacy Williams
Location:
Underwood Elementary (school site)
Start Time: 3:00 p.m.
End-Time: 3:45 p.m.

Learner-Centered Activity
Purpose
Description
Steps
Estimated Time
Prezi Presentation
Develop comprehension through the use of Graphic Organizers
Overview and Set Objectives/Goals for Graphic Organizer Workshop

Present Goals
2 Minutes
Beginning Rating on Standard
Link Standards to Profession Learning
Rate Level of Teacher Understanding and daily use of organizers in the classroom

Teachers rate themselves according to the provided rubric. Status of overall ratings are summarized.

3 Minutes
Book Discussion
Summarze/share important ideas from professional reading completed by teachers prior to this profession learning.
Use SIOPs book as reference.
Lead discussion of how teachers’  ideas for use of  the Graphic Organizers according to SIOPs reading in selected chapters.
5 minutes
Prezi
Develop use of Graphic Organizers
Completetion of example Concept Web
Fill a web out together using the different types of graphic organizers and possible uses.
5 minutes
Prezi
Use Graphic Organizers
Completetion of Concept Webs
Divide teachers into groups of 4 to 6 and use jigsaw method with books brought from their classrooms to fill out various orgainizers.
20 minutes
Prezi
Graphic Organizers to address ELL student needs
Match ELL  needs with additional strategies
Highlight concepts that ELL students may need additional support and ways to accomplish the support.
5 minutes
Prezi
Develop use of Graphic Organizer in Classrooms
Reflect on Graphic Organizer Use
Fill out the “What Did You Learn” handout and pair to discuss how the organizers are linked to each other and their uses.
5 minutes

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Weekly Webconference Reflection

After some technical difficulties, Dr. Borel demonstrated flexibility and continued her web conference through another channel. Emails were sent to our site supervisors. My site supervisor indicates that she filled mine out and sent it back. Questions were also clarified concerning the internship logs. Dr. Borel used an old Power Point since the new one would not save correctly and she could not show us. The old one was beneficial to us, but she let us know this was not up to her level of expectation. She seems to like to run an expedient meeting that sticks to a purpose. This week’s purpose was to review expectations and help us answer a few of the APA questions. Her guidance was helpful, but using the APA style is difficult and cumbersome. It took quite some time to look up how to do the citations and then I’m still unsure of myself.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Research Action Project Update March 2013

The focus of this action research revolves around this question: What is the relationship between students who were part of a Transitional-First Grade (T1) class or retained in elementary and their success at the end of middle school or in high school? During the last few weeks the process of gathering data has started. I meet with the middle school principal who is also interested in the data and conclusions that may be drawn as the research progresses. The middle school counselor provided access to the testing data. Data from 2009 state test was not located at that time, but it can still be found through individual results. I have begun to organize the data by student and student’s birth date to compare with the normal age for the class. Then I will be able to determine the reason for the age discrepancy. Next, I plan to list the achievement data by grade. I hope that trends will develop as more data is gathered. I still need to meet with the high school principal and counselor to acquire data from that site. I have scheduled a meeting to begin that portion of the data gathering process. Everyone involved in the process thus far has been curious about the action research question and helpful in the process. I plan to do the bulk of the research and analysis during the summer months. At this time there are no changes to this plan. I am considering whether it would be wise to focus on a single subject area for achievement results, or whether possibly Math and Reading would provide sufficient data and results.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

EDLD 5326--Partnership Presentation




5326 School Community Relations--Partnership Timeline



Task
Who?
What?
When?
Write plan


Stacy Williams
Write and submit the plan for approval to school administration and the Site Based Decision Making Committee.

March 2013
Plan approval


Stacy Williams
Obtain approval from school administration and the Site Based Decision Making Committee.

March 2013
Form committee


Stacy Williams
Form a committee of teachers, administrators, and community members to implement plan.

April 2013
Elicit volunteers


Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee
Elicit volunteer tutors from high school students, parents, and citizens throughout the community social media, community billboards, and fliers.
April 2013-August 2013

Elicit Partners

Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee
Elicit community/business partners by presenting at PTO meetings, churchs and civic organizations and social media.

April 2013-August 2013

Title I funds

Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and Site Principal
Obtain funding from Title I sources.

May 2013-allocation
August 2013-funding
Community Partner funds


Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee
Obtain additional funding from community partners.

May 2013-August 2013
Organize tutor training
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and Site Principal
Organize initial training for tutors.
June 2013-August 2013


Secure Facility/Technology
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and Site Principal
Secure facility and technology for tutoring use.

May 2013
Arrange snacks
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and Food Service Director
Arrange snacks for tutoring from school Food Service Program.

May 2013 and August 2013
Arrange Transportation
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and Transportation Director
Arrange transportation for tutoring.

May 2013 and August 2013
Identify student/Permission forms
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and classroom teacher, site school counselor
Identify students and obtain permission from parents to provide tutoring services.

August 2013
Student Needs Reporting Procedures
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and site administrator
Hold meeting to inform teachers of procedures for reporting student needs.

August 2013
Grouping
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee and teachers
Match students, needs, and tutors in pairs or small groups.

August 2013
Begin Service
Stacy Williams, Chairman of the Tutoring Project Committee, teachers, and tutors
Begin tutoring services and review student needs weekly.

September 2013