Posts Tagged ‘student-centered curriculum and instruction’

Positive Pressure and Support: Driving Your Initiative to a High Level of Implementation

June 14, 2012

Ok. It’s no secret.

Just having professional development doesn’t mean that your initiative is going to get implemented or implemented well. It doesn’t mean that your initiative will have it’s desired effect on your school.

Sure. PD is critical to getting where you’re going. But it isn’t sufficient.

Level of implementation matters.

A lot.

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get better at implementing your laptops, or you’re using Bright Futures to look at your middle level practice, or if you’re working on a literacy initiative, or implementing the Common Core, or on Customized Learning, if you want your initiative to have the impact you’re looking for, then you need to insure that you have a high level of implementation with a high level of fidelity.

So, how do you get to a high level of implementation with a high level of fidelity?

The answer is possitive pressure and support.

Positive pressure and support has three easy pieces: expect, supervise, & support.

Expecting includes strategies like starting simple, participating yourself in trainings and meetings, having teachers set goals, and collaboratively setting expectations.

Supervising includes checking with teachers, talking about implementation at meetings, doing walk throughs, and talking about the walk through and level of implementation data.

Finally, support includes things like celebrating successes, facilitating the sharing of ideas, providing opportunities for PD (of course!), providing resources, and removing barriers and running interference.

 

How could positive pressure and support help your work at your school?

 

Students at the Center: Reaching High Standards Celebrating Innovative, Powerful Learning in Our Schools

February 8, 2012

MAMLE and the Middle School of the Kennebunks will sponsor the first ever exposition in Maine devoted entirely to student-centered learning within a proficiency-based school culture. Sessions, led by both students and their teachers, will be exciting to attend as we discover how teachers across grade levels and curriculum areas are creating innovative, student centered units and programs that stimulate learners intellectually and challenge them to think critically and creatively while meeting standards. This unique event will occur on Friday, April 13 at the Middle School of the Kennebunks.

This day-long conference will highlight student-centered, performance-based units and projects (classroom, school, or community-based) from across the K-12 spectrum. The presenters will demonstrate how their particular learning opportunity…

1. Engages students in innovative, creative ways

2. Focuses on specific learning outcomes

3. Incorporates student voice

4. Provides multiple ways for students to demonstrate learning

You need to attend if…

  • You and your students have examples of student-centered, performance-based units and projects to share.
  • You want to do transform your teacher-centered instructional approach to one that is more student-centered, and you need to see some concrete examples to give you ideas how to do it.
  • You’ve had no experiences with student-centered, performance-based units and need to find out the basics.
  • You want to be inspired by students and teachers sharing their exemplary work.

Every superintendent in the state of Maine has received a copy of Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning, and the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning is growing exponentially as more school districts explore the concept of customizing learning through student-centered, proficiency-based curriculum and instruction. The Students at the Center event provides an opportunity for students and educators to share strategies for transforming education from a teacher-centered approach to one where students’ learning targets, learning styles, and interests combine to provide optimum success for each student.

All details about presenting and/or attending are available at http://www.mamleonline.org/.

Questions?

Contact Dr. Wallace Alexander, Executive Director of MAMLE

wallace_alexander@umit.maine.edu


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