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Department School Improvement Plan
Through the course of the year our department will be responsible for using our early release times to improve our practice so as a school we can meet the school improvement goals. Our area of focus for the English department will obviously be the goals which focus upon reading. There is a huge variety of things we as a department can do, and below I have begun a list of possibilities. Please add to the list as ideas occur to you.
A series of round table discussions could utilize our camaraderie and knowledge within the department as well as give us a chance to hold one another accountable and inspire one another to better practice. I for one would love to pre-arrange periodic round tables (lasting, say, an hour) that cover particular topics.
Getting students to read instead of faking it
Improving feedback (particularly with writing)
Improving our effect with particular standards (like the cultural influence standard)
Strongest aspect - a conversation about each of our best traits as teachers and how that positively affects our teaching
Sub-group success: What can we do to help our subgroups improve?
Overlapping curriculum: of activities, speeches, movies, etc.
Justin Gibson - Perhaps we could also "map" out which cultures and time periods we are discussing in various grades and see where we are overlapping and where we may have gaps.
The cultural piece: a discussion & investigative time about how to meet this standard better
"We're all doing it, but they're not learning it": The lit terms: What should we do?
Time to put heads together and share resources is helpful to us and a legitimate use of improvement time. We could do this in a number of ways.
A session of contributing to "English Central"--a department wiki where ideas and resources can be dispersed and shared
Time to talk specifically about what units or projects one is interested in doing or passing along (in a sense, a time to express needs and then see if anyone can help those)
Round table and collaboration and learning: "Wikipedia? The 'new age' in research and how to teach it better"
Perhaps we could each bring copies of one of the most influencial/helpful chapters or articles about teaching/education that we have found helpful, and we could use the time or two to read and discuss them.
Looking at the data: time (& technical help) for teachers to look at how past students fared on the DSTEP
Let's let Connie come back and do whatever she wants for an afternoon. I miss her.
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