Strategy One: Design The Personalized Learning Of The Future
Objective 1.1: Flexible Personalized Learning System - School Schedules That Accommodate Personalized Learning
Executive Sponsor: Jon Dejong, Deputy Superintendent
Benchmark Objectives, Actions, Barriers and Outcomes
- WHS will convene a committee to study and recommend a master schedule that provides additional credit earning opportunities to assist students in meeting Core 24 requirements and has longer learning periods that allow for pedagogical approaches such as STEAM and PBL.
- WHS will need to form a schedule committee with broad staff representation for the purpose of making a recommendation to the board sometime in the spring of 2016.
- The committee will review relevant research, consider program and pedagogical approaches, identify questions and concerns related to potential schedules, gather information via phone calls and site visits.
- Committee representatives will provide periodic updates to WHS staff, cabinet, and the school board.
- In the event the proposed schedule will require additional staff or other resources, committee representatives will need to provide cost estimates.
- Potential impacts on elective courses, AP offerings, additional staffing, changing instruction to fit longer class periods, additional curriculum costs, additional hardware/software costs and additional training costs/on-going support.
- Study 9-12 educational and program offerings that allow more flexible educational paths (WHS/Westside/WVSTC) and reduce enrollment at WHS.
- 9-12 administrators from WHS, WSHS, and WVTSC will do some preliminary conceptual exploration into adding a wider variety of educational programs at grades 9-12.
- 9-12 administrative reps will evaluate facility availability/appropriateness, staffing needs, as well as other needed resources.
- 9-12 administrative reps will communicate with staff and recruit to fill program needs.
- Design and identify necessary resources for student placement into the above mentioned flexible educational paths at 9-12.
- A recommendation will be brought to the board in the spring of 2016.
- Overcoming community attitudes towards 9-12 education. Meeting potential resource needs, including additional staffing, changing instruction to fit longer class periods, additional curriculum costs, additional hardware/software costs and additional training costs/on-going support.
- Middle Schools will begin researching schedules that provide longer learning periods that allow for pedagogical approaches such as STEAM and PBL.
- The Middle schools will constitute a committee to study master schedules.
- The master schedule committees will review research, consider program and instructional needs, conduct phone research and do site visits, identify resources necessary to implement a new master schedule.
- Potential impacts on elective courses, additional staffing, additional curriculum costs, additional hardware/software costs and additional training costs/on-going support.
- WHS will provide specific requests for the curricular resources, staffing, professional development, staff technology, etc. that will be necessary to implement the new master schedule. Those requests will inform the district’s 2017-18 budget.
- Gather feedback from parents and problem solve areas of concern. (Complete)
- The WHS schedule committee will develop an implementation plan that will include specific needs, such as staffing, space, instructional materials, technology, professional development, etc. (Complete)
- Any necessary professional development will be provided prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. (Complete)
- Implement first phase of flexible educational pathways that include additional options at WSHS and WVTSC.
- Identify gaps or problem areas in the process of recruiting and enrolling students in the Freshman Block and address them.
- Middle Schools will continue studying master schedules that provide longer learning periods that allow for pedagogical approaches such as STEAM and PBL.
- In the event that Pioneer or Foothills is ready to implement a schedule that is cost neutral, they have the freedom to do so.
- Schedule committees will provide cabinet with estimates on staffing, technology, curricular resources, etc. that will be necessary to implement a new schedule. (Complete)
- Recommended schedules will be evaluated by cabinet in light of budget capacity by the winter of 2017. (Complete)
- If recommended schedules are approved, an implementation plan will be developed by the spring of 2017. (Complete)
- Implement a new schedule at WHS.
- Professional development- Eric Jensen (2 days), BER- Strategies for Teaching in a Block Schedule, ESD Learning Labs- Math/Science.
- Identify metrics for reviewing the block schedule.
- Winter- identify adjustments to the structure of the schedule for 18-19.
- Winter- identify new course offerings for 18-19.
- Survey staff regarding professional development for 18-19.
- Implement second phase of flexible educational pathways that include additional options at WSHS and WVTSC.
- Implement a new schedule at Foothills Middle School.
Who needs to be involved in the planning discussion and action steps for this objective?
- Building administration.
- Food service.
- Transportation (possibly).
- Cabinet and School Board.
What measures need to be developed to monitor the outcomes of the objective benchmarks?
- Periodic updates to Cabinet and School Board and then final schedule recommendations.