Thursday, April 15, 2010

Reflection Week 14

SAGE: Student Achievement Gap Elimination
  • The culture behind Nevada’s school improvement process embraces high expectations for every student and is built upon the foundation of the following beliefs:
    1. The work of schools is student learning;
    2. All children benefit from challenging and relevant curriculum;
    3. Curriculum, instruction, and assessments must be closely aligned to State Standards;
    4. Every teacher can be an expert when provided collaborative and sustained professional development focused on improved instruction;
    5. School culture and the learning environment can promote continuous improvement.
    6. Parental support and involvement are critical to improved student performance;
    7. Effective use of data is vital to continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Comprehensive improvement plans take several years to implement and demonstrate improvement in the targeted areas. A continuous improvement cycle provides the opportunity for ongoing identification of effective practices and/or actions that should be continued and ineffective practices and/or actions that should be revised or eliminated. There have been many successful school improvement efforts. The education research literature includes hundreds of examples of school improvement that have resulted in increased student learning, improved parent involvement, decreased dropout rates, and an increased percentage of students who enroll in college. The SAGE (Student Achievement Gap Elimination) school improvement process provides schools with a framework for problem solving to target the school improvement efforts best suited for them.
5-Step Plan for Dealing With Stress
  1. Identify the stress risk factors
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risks
  4. Record your findings
  5. Monitor and review