Transformational Education Strategies

Differentiated, data-driven instruction

Direct instruction
Small group instruction
Technology integration
Team teaching
Guided and independent reading
Individualized instruction
Peer support
Project-based learning
Computer-assisted instruction
Stations and centers
Hands-on activities

Embedded professional development

Whole school trainings once a week
Leadership team, grade group, and content area meetings each week
Master teachers mentoring/coaching classroom teachers
Field testing of instructional strategies
Rubrics provide a common language and unified culture of growth
Announced and unannounced classroom observations
Longitudinal data on teacher performance from consistent walkthroughs
Responsibility surveys provide cyclical system of accountability
Data always drives professional development

Supports for special student populations

Special education students English Language Learners (ELL)
Behaviorally-challenged youth
Over-age, under-credited students
Students below and above grade level
Mentally Gifted (MG)

learners Dual language options

Bilingual instruction
English Language Learner (ELL) supports
Spanish as a Second Language
Other world languages as electives

College-going / Career-preparation Culture

Student Excellence Center
TRIO Educational Talent Search, College Access, Upward Bound
Credit recovery
SAT tutoring
AP courses
Internships
Mentoring
Accelerated program for over-age, under-credited youth
Dual high school/college enrollment options
Advisory periods

 

Leadership development at all age levels
Leadership knowledge and skills integrated into daily instruction
Incentive program for leaders among their peers
In-school Leadership Training Institute
Afterschool leadership clubs
Annual leadership retreat
Civic action projects required in middle and high school

Extended day / out-of-school time (OST) / summer activities
Afterschool programs (grades K-12)
Afterschool clubs (grades K-12)
Afterschool tutoring (grades K-12)
Summer programs (grades K-8)
Afterschool athletics (PIAA) (grades 6-12)
Summer transition programs (incoming 9th and graduating 12th graders)
Afterschool credit recovery (grades 9-12)
Afterschool internships (grades 9-12)
In-school and afterschool mentoring (grades 9-12)
Summer work experiences (grades 9-12)

Adult capacity building / parent involvement opportunities
Parent Empowerment Program
Home and School Associations
Full-time, bilingual Parent and Community Liaisons
Parent/teacher conferences
School communications and events
12-week courses in GED preparation and computer skills

Emphasis on health and nutrition
Healthy school meals produced in-house
No fried foods or high glucose corn syrup items
Fresh fruits and salad offered daily
Daily physical activity
Transforming gym classes into fitness centers

High-quality, safe learning environments
Freshly painted schools
Schools cleaned daily
New furniture and equipment
Technology purchases and upgrades
School uniforms
Core beliefs and norms
Transformation of the cafeterias and school food
Behavioral academies
Safety team members trained on restorative practices
Surveillance cameras
Student IDs
Staff participates in arrival and dismissal

 

 


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