What happens on 509-J late-start Mondays?
Wonder what teachers are doing during late-start Mondays?
An explanation of the Monday teacher training was presented by Superintendent Ken Parshall at the Feb. 12 meeting of the 509-J School District Board of Directors.
Teachers in the district are developing "professional learning communities," which focus on four main questions:
. What do we expect students to learn? (standards)
. How will we know if they learn it? (assessment)
. How do we respond when students have difficulty learning? (intervention)
. How do we respond when students do learn? (enrichment)
There are several situations children cannot control, but in a professional learning community, teams of teachers collaborate on areas that can be controlled.
For instance, kids can't pick their parents, but a school can offer caring and encouragement. Kids can't pick where they live or which school they attend, but a school district can offer a good curriculum with research-based teaching techniques in all its schools.
Grade-level teacher teams in each school work together on unit planning for the subjects taught. Ways to see if students understand the subject include performance, scoring, paper and pencil work, and observation.
Different types of assessments to see if kids are learning include:
. Benchmark assessment, tests given two or three times a year to measure grade-level proficiency.
. Common assessment, the same test given to all students in a course by all teachers of the course.
. Formative assessments, monitor students to provide ongoing feedback to students and their teachers to improve learning.
. Summative assessment, evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit.
Under personnel, the resignations of Madras High School construction teacher Jacob Struck, and Warm Springs K-8 sixth grade teacher Jonathan Becerra were approved.
Struck is one of the teachers who helped restart the high school's hands-on construction and metals classes, which had been dormant for seven years.
Struck helped reopen the shops in August 2016. Prior to that he worked as the project manager for the Skanska company, which built the Madras Performing Arts Center.
Struck was not at the meeting, but board member Jamie Hurd publicly thanked him, saying, "I'm so grateful for the foundation he has put in place and for getting that program back up and running."
Board member Tom Norton added, "I hope we can stay in touch with him," referring to a possible student connection to Struck's next venture.
Under citizen's comments, MHS metals instructor Ben Anderson signed up to present a proposal to the board, but before he began, Parshall told him the board's policy was that citizens have only three minutes to speak.
Anderson was surprised by that news and said there was no way he could give his presentation in three minutes, so he was withdrawing his name from the speakers list.
In other business, a change in date and location for the March 12 budget committee and board meetings was made. Both will now meet Wednesday, March 14, at Warm Springs K-8 Academy, with the budget committee at 5:30 p.m., and board at 7 p.m.
For the Warm Springs school, a Community Engagement night will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, to gather feedback and suggestions from parents and community members on graduation data, student participation, school policies, etc.
The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m., Feb. 26, at the district office on Buff Street.