C1. STANDARDS-BASED STUDENT LEARNING: INSTRUCTION
All students are involved in challenging learning experiences to achieve the academic standards and the Expected School-Wide Learning Results.
Standard and ESLR based Instruction
Focus on Implementing Critical Thinking Strategies
An ongoing expectation of all teachers is to provide differentiated instruction on a daily basis. During the 2009-2010 school year
Resources Teachers in Math and English Classes
Another component that has enabled Morse to provide challenging learning experiences for the students of
Emphasis on the Co-Teaching Model
At Morse we also emphasize the co-teaching model in several core content areas where a Special Education teacher is partnered with a general education teacher. Co-teachers in core classrooms enhance the learning of special education and general education students by using multiple strategies to meet the needs of students of all learning modalities. Co-teachers work together to assess students and make adjustments to the instruction based on student necessity. Co-teachers provide support through techniques such as small group instruction, use of visual representations and critical questioning. In most cases co-teachers share in delivering instruction and both provide timely feedback to all students in the classroom, allowing students to benefit from different teaching styles. An additional adult in the classroom helps both instructors refine the lessons and monitor student progress regularly.
Fostering Self-Monitoring of Learning Progress
Rigorous Course Offerings and Emphasis on College-Readiness
Since all Morse classes are college preparatory, all students are provided a challenging learning experience that is standards driven. Students are aware of the expectations of each class they take. All teachers issue their students a course syllabus which clearly details the course description and expectations. This year, Morse teachers have also made their course syllabi available on their teacher page on the Morse website. Teachers also post daily objectives and agendas in their classrooms so that all students can clearly see each day’s instructional purpose and the ESLRs that will be addressed throughout the lesson.
· ESLRs posters
· Sample teacher posted agendas
· Student projects addressing ESLRs
· Critical thinking lesson plans
· Agenda from Critical thinking professional development
· Student observation forms
· Resource teachers’ schedule/calendar
· Sample DataDirector reports
· Lesson plans
· Co-teaching schedule
· Lesson plans
· Graphic organizers
· Student Connect Reports
· Sample student DataDirector report
· CST quizzes
· Morse Course catalog with course descriptions
· UC approved course list
· Articulation student schedule planning cards
· GEAR UP calendar of events
· Sample course syllabi from core content areas
· Teacher web pages
C2. STANDARDS-BASED STUDENT LEARNING: INSTRUCTION
All teachers use a variety of strategies and resources, including technology and experiences beyond the textbook and the classroom that actively engage students, emphasize higher order thinking skills and help them succeed at high levels.
Easing the Transition into High School
All freshmen are offered the opportunity to partner with mentor seniors and select juniors called Link Crew leaders. Link Crew is group of upper classmen who mentor underclassmen by supporting them in the transition into high school by offering campus tours, giving advice about which courses to take and by informing them about all the clubs and organizations on campus. Morse values our Link Crew because they help freshmen become part of our community which sets them up for success in their academic and extracurricular lives.
Differentiated instruction is expected of all teachers at
Increased Use of Technology
Additionally, there has been a sustained increase in the use of technology to support and actively engage students. Of particular note is the i21 upgrade that has been occurring for the last three years and will continue beyond the current school year until 100% of the classrooms have received an upgrade. As this upgrade unfolds, each classroom is being equipped with: a Promethean interactive whiteboard, a class set of wireless netbooks, a surround sound system, complete with teacher microphone and a document camera. All of these upgrades in the Math and English classes have allowed for greater student involvement and engagement in the classroom and have provided more opportunities for student-centered activities in these classrooms. Students use netbooks for learning activities such as completing standards-based research and preparing multi-media presentations. Student access to netbooks has enabled them to work towards mastery of the ESLRs and content standards in a more efficient manner that will enable them to enhance their technological skills as well.
Other technology which is in use at
Hungry Tiger students learn both culinary skills and job experience. The Hungry Tiger is a licensed restaurant and catering business. Their hands-on experience enables students to learn professionalism and feel prepared to pursue a career in Culinary Arts. Through State Farm Insurance and Ford, Auto Body students are afforded the opportunity for off-campus internships as well. Students experience the technical side of repairing automobiles and have the opportunity to explore careers in the insurance industry. Morse Child Development students learn strategies to meet the needs of all students and get real-world experience at a community elementary school and the Morse Preschool. They design and implement lessons and as a result, they learn the skills necessary to become educators.
Every course on campus incorporates our ESLRs and includes lessons that emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and communicating effectively. It is expected that all instructors on campus integrate the ESLRs within every unit of study.
All students are encouraged to volunteer for community service. In particular, 12th grade students are required to perform a minimum of 30 hours of community service or plan and execute a service-based project requiring at least 30 hours to facilitate. By emphasizing a connection to our local community organizations and career exploration options, Morse students become more prepared to enter a career in the 21st century.
Professional Development focused on Improving Instruction
Teachers are encouraged to attend professional development which will strengthen their instruction. In the core content areas, teachers are encouraged to take two release days per semester in order to work with the other teachers on their content teams. During these release days, teams analyze student performance data, create common assessments and rubrics, and share best teaching practices. As the i21 implementation continues to unfold, teachers are trained to use the equipment and software, in particular the Promethean board and the Active Inspire software that provides an interactive experience for students. Teachers also are trained to use their class sets of netbooks and the Active Expression software which links the netbooks with the Promethean board. In addition to district provided i21 training, several teachers have also participated in Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) training which emphasizes methods of differentiated instruction focused on helping English language learners. The strategies can be used to improve instruction for all students. Most Morse AP, Honors and Advanced teachers are GATE Certified and have participated in AP training. We continue to build our own professional development on campus through working in interdisciplinary school improvement groups on Modified Wednesdays.
· Link Crew description
· Link Crew agendas
· Group project rubrics and assignment descriptions
· Lesson plans
· Student work samples
· DataDirector reports
· Student work samples
· Student NetBooks
· Flip charts
· Student projects and multi-media presentations
· Learning Upgrade reports (ESL, Math)
· LAS Links data (ESL)
· ALEKS data
· Rosetta Stone Progress Reports (ESL)
· Course descriptions and program brochures
· Student work samples demonstrating he ESLRs
· Community service forms
· Senior Portfolio requirements
· Home group minutes/agendas
· DataDirector reports
· Student projects
· End of Course exams
· Student Observation form
· Staff survey results
· Release day notes
· Professional development listed by department
Areas of Strength
· Increased technology in classrooms and on campus
· Objectives and expectations posted in classrooms
· Increased use of DataDirector and common assessments
· Increased use of differentiated instruction with an emphasis on critical thinking
· Several teachers use their teacher page on the Morse website
· All students and parents have access to Student Connect and Parent Connect
Areas for Improvement:
· Common course expectations, grading scales, and syllabi
· Increased opportunities for relevant professional development
Continue to improve instruction by incorporating more critical thinking strategies