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