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March 13, 2015

Week-in-Review

Accreditation Report

We rocked accreditation. Just saying. #mcslearn #jchsfaculty

Tuesday, the accreditation team from AdvancED came to observe the school. Everyone did an amazing job, and the team seemed very impressed. Wednesday followed with an accreditation report meeting at Central Office. The report discussed the system as a whole and did not point out any one school in particular. There was a diagnostic process to stimulate and guide continuous improvement with a focus on: impact of teaching and learning, capacity of leadership and the use of resources discussed by the team. The external review contained powerful practices, opportunities for improvement, improvement priority, index of education quality, and accreditation recommendations. The stakeholders interviewed for the report included: 1 superintendent, 5 board members, 98 teachers, 24 staff, 38 students, 15 community/stakeholders= 224 total. These interviews were then added to information gathered at the school visits.  The lead evaluator, Dr. Galette from Louisiana Tech, first reported the systems overall scores. Scores range from 100 to 400. The external review IEQ score column is our score as a system. The AE Network average is the global average in that catergory. As you can see, we surpass global averages in every catergory.

Then the lead evaluator, explained the individual domains examined in school visits. He gave us powerful practices (PP), opportunities for growth (OP) and suggested action for improvement (IP). Domain 1 reviewed the teaching and learning impact. The external review team examined: student performance results, instructional quality, learner and family engagement, support, etc

PP: The system partners with families in meaningful ways, informs them of student learning progress, and collaborates regularly to increase student achievement (3.8).

OP: Design and implement an ongoing teacher mentoring, coaching, and induction program to support instructional improvement consistent with system values and beliefs about teaching and learning (3.7).

IP: Design and implement a program in all schools where each student has an adult advocate that supports the student's educational experience (3.9).

We- MCS- scored higher than national and global average in all ELEOT indexes except digital learning environment (1.54/ 1.88).

Domain 2 reviewed leadership capacity. This was a strongest domain with no suggestions for improvement or growth.

PP: The governing body works diligently to provide clear, direct polices and practices that support and monitor the purpose and direction of both the system and the schools to enhance student achievement (2.1).

PP: The governing body takes great pride in making sure that leadership at all levels has the autonomy to meet goals for achievement and instruction and to manage day to day operations effectively (2.3).

PP: Leadership and staff at all levels of the system foster and work to protect the vibrant, family-like culture they have created that is consistent with the system purpose and direction (2.4).

PP: The governing body takes great pride in making sure that leadership at all levels has the autonomy to meet goals for achievement and instruction and to manage day to day operations effectively (2.3).

PP: Leadership and staff at all levels of the system foster and work to protect the vibrant, family-like culture they have created that is consistent with the system purpose and direction (2.4).

Finally, Domain 3 reviewed resource utilization.

PP: The system utilizes stakeholder groups and outside agencies to strategically plan for long-range resource management (4.4).

We-MCS- were all above the global average. Overall score 303.66 (global average 282.45).

Our ELOT scores were valued at 1-4. As you can see, we surpassed global averages on that as well.  The report concluded with MCS receiving accrediatation until 2020.

Inquiry Based Instruction

In the upcoming flight school next week, we will use inquiry based instruction to examine the essential question: Why do some students not succeed? This flight school will be flipped, and so I've asked that you watch a four minute introductory video to inquiry based teaching from the Teaching Channel before coming to flight school.

(watch link below)

Mrs. Crouch's Spanish 2 class used a guided approach to inquiry based instruction this week to examine the song by Shakira "Waka Waka (Esto es Africa)", the official song of the 2010 World Cup. (Click below to listen to the song used in Mrs. Crouch's instruction).

Mrs. Crouch used a more guided approach than we will use March 18th, but it was effective and necessary since the students were 'inquiring' in a language they are trying to learn. First Mrs. Crouch provided students with background knowledge on the World Cup and the location in Africa of 2010 game. Then using the 'I do,' 'We do,' 'You do' approach, students translated the song. That led to inquiry of comprehension and into the deeper meaning of the overall message. Finally, inquiry led to personal connections with themes and situations regarding the song. Mrs. Crouch used a handout which she also projected on her to guide students through the inquiry of the songs.

Many of you already use a form of inquiry based instruction. Think about how you may already use this technique as you watch the video clip in preparation for flight school.

WHNT Helps APES for Exam

Mrs. Lilavois's APES (AP Environmental Science) class had a guest speaker on Wednesday, WHNT meteorologist, Jason Simpson. Mr. Simpson addressed many topics concerning weather and climate that will appear on their upcoming APES Exam in May. Topics included everything from the pineapple express, ozones and convection currents. When Q & A began, students were especially curious about tornadoes and storm chasing. Mr. Simpson will return to Mrs. Lilavois class next week to continue their review for the exam.

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Contact Me

Kristi Combs, MFA

Instructional Partner, James Clemens High School

Madison, AL

256-216-5313

kcombs@madisoncity.k12.al.us