The Big Four
As we complete our first (post NCLB visit) week, we have a lot of work ahead of us. The “emerging themes” to address program improvement under NCLB for our school are; Communication, Collaboration, Professional Development, and Standards Based Instruction / Rigor. These are universal themes that most NCLB Era schools are dealing with. There has been mixed reactions to this process from the teachers at the school. Most teachers are still unsure what positive effects Program Improvement has on their instruction and their classroom practices. The leadership team began to tackle the first theme; Communication. Once we are able to work through this first theme the other three should be easier. We are on a 6 week timeline. Our response (amendment to our school plan) should be complete by this time. Our initial work is concentrated on breaking down this concept into concrete actions. We are on our way!!!