As evidenced in the SES Band Data, which content area(s) will be the focus for improving student achievement and why was this area chosen?
As evidenced by the FSA data, the focus area for improving student achievement is Mathematics. Mathematics was selected because 62% of our students scored Level 1 and 2 on the FSA. Additionally, there was a decrease in the number of students making Learning Gains from the previous year.
What specific BEST Practice(s) will be implemented or scaled-up to improve teaching and learning in order to increase performance within the SES Band?
BEST Practices that will be scaled-up to improve teaching and learning include: participation of authentic PLC's with a focus on (CARE) Curriculum, Assessment, Remediation and Enrichment, using student data to guide and support instructional decisions and professional development training to provide teachers with effective practices to address the needs of students with learning challenges.
Describe in detail how the BEST Practice(s) will be scaled-up.
- iCivics teachers will utilize the Westpine Civics Review website & EOC folders (interactive notebook) as a resource to prepare for the EOC exam.
- Teachers will use USA Test Prep as an interdisciplinary tool to administer common formative assessments for remediation and enrichment.
- The Civics department will use the 7 strategies model to teach students how to deconstruct a Civics EOC Question.
- Teachers will provide a Civics camp to prepare students for the state exam.
- Teachers will review key concepts and test taking strategies in preparation for the state exam.
- Mathematics department will participate in professional development sessions focusing on Productive Struggle, Problem-Based Learning, and i-Ready implementation.
- Through Professional Learning Communities, teachers will work to create, review and modify activities in order to ensure that they are aligned to the standards and follow the appropriate level of rigor.
- Teachers will assign weekly formative assessments on a weekly topic. Data will be reviewed during Professional Learning Communities in order to make decisions regarding remediation and enrichment.
- Teachers will assign rigorous, standards based formative assessments to students in order to make decisions based on the focus and pacing of their courses.
- Math teachers will provide additional support to struggling students through afterschool tutoring, push in, or pull out sessions.
- Teachers will share best practices through modeling during pre-arranged teacher visitations.
- Science teachers will implement close reading, annotation, vocabulary and informational text strategies into the curriculum to assist struggling learners and improve reading comprehension.
- Science teachers will participate in weekly professional learning communities to deconstruct standards, develop common formative assessments and review critical data to make instructional decisions.
- Teachers will incorporate hands-on activities into the curriculum to improve scientific thinking skills.
- Teachers will provide Extended Learning Opportunities across all grade levels (Push-Ins/Pull-Outs).
- The Science department will implement a course recovery module on Canvas designed to help students meet state standards, redo coursework, remediate science skills and content.
- 8th Grade Science teachers will utilize the Florida Coach Jumpstart, as a resource to help students with testing format, reinforce content and strengthen skills in preparation for the Statewide Science Assessment (SSA).
- Biology teacher will provide an EOC camp to prepare for the state exam.
- Biology teacher will conduct afterschool EOC review sessions to remediate standards and review key concepts prior to the state exam.
- Language Arts teachers will utilize technology to teach writing and grammar. This will be accomplished through the digital dashboard of Collections on my.HRW.com. Grammar Notes, Performance tasks, and MyWriteSmart will all be employed.
- Language Arts teachers will also incorporate weekly common formative assessments of "knowledge check questions" across grade levels.
- Reading teachers will use novel based-instruction to teach reading strategies and to write short and extended responses.
- Literacy coaches will be visiting classes in the content areas to reinforce reading and writing strategies.
- Elective teachers will incorporate reading strategies to help students learn new words and definitions.
- Elective teachers will provide the articles or students will research articles using the Newsela app at the beginning of class.
- Elective teachers will use the paraphrasing strategy and graphic organizers to help students summarize key ideas, cite textural evidence and monitor understanding of content using their own words.
- Elective teachers will use word walls to increase vocabulary knowledge and improve literacy skills.
What specific school-level progress monitoring data is collected and how often?
The school-level progress monitoring data that will be collected school-wide includes:
- Teachers in 6th grade will USA Test Prep to incorporate monthly common formative assessments to monitor student master of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards to determine curriculum changes and remediation strategies.
- Teachers in grades 7th and 8th will integrate monthly common formative assessments using Canvas to monitor mastery of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards; clarify misconceptions and adjust their teaching methodologies to meet the needs of all students.
- Grade level teams will create an instructional cycle based on the curriculum focus calendar in mathematics.
- Students will take an online tutorial and assessment to review concepts using i-Ready at the end of each week.
- Teachers will utilize reports to analyze student performance while in their Professional Learning Communities.
- Teachers will remediate and enrich utilizing grade level and re-teach resources.
- Weekly focus standards and assessments will be used to prepare students for their monthly common formative assessments.
- Literacy teachers in grade levels 6-8 will conduct weekly Knowledge Check Questions (KCQ's) in all classes.
- Reading teachers in grade levels 6-8 will administer FAIR Testing to all Reading students.
- Teachers in grade levels 6-8 will administer quarterly Common Formative Assessments from Collections.
- Social Studies teachers in grade levels 6-8 will administer bi-quarterly Common Formative Assessments using USA Test Prep.
- All grade levels 6-8 will create and administer monthly teacher made assessments to monitor student progress.
- Electives teachers will use a culmination of weekly and/or monthly homework; teachers generated quizzes and assessments to monitor student progress.
How does the school ensure the fidelity of students not progressing towards school and district goals?
To ensure the fidelity of students who are not progressing towards school and district goals Westpine will implement the following programs:
- After school tutoring for lowest quartile students.
- Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) and Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Camps for targeted bubble students.
- Push-in model from literacy coaches.
How does the school ensure that all classroom instruction is accessible to the full range of learners using Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) for effective instructional design (planning) and delivery (teaching)?
Westpine will ensure all classroom instruction is accessible to a full range of learners using the following Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) strategies:
- Engaging enrichment and remediation opportunities.
- Professional Development opportunities designed around the reflection of specific needs of students with deficiencies.
- Teachers will implement multiple means of action and expression when presenting curriculum.
- Teachers will integrate multiple engagement strategies into lessons (Kahoot, Quizlet, hands-on activties, centers).
How does the school ensure Tier 1 Standards-Based classroom instruction is being implemented properly and effectively?
Westpine will ensure Tier 1 standards-based classroom instruction is implemented properly and effectively using the following methods:
- Teachers will be provided with ongoing Professional Development training to promote a better understanding and implementation of Tier 1 strategies into the classroom across all content areas.
- The school-based RtI team will continuously execute action plans that provide support for students with academic and/or behavioral challenges.
- Support facilitators will provide small group and one-to-one assistance to struggling learners.
- Push-In models will be implemented into general education classrooms.
Describe texts used for core, supplemental, and intervention programs at each grade level. How does the school ensure students have access to a balance of literary and informational text in a variety of mediums?
The text used for core, supplemental, and intervention programs at each grade level are:
- All Science teachers in grade levels 6-8 will use the new Florida State Adopted Stem scopes 2.0 consumable textbook and online digital learning by Accelerate Learning.
- 6th grade Science Teachers will use USA Test Prep, an online curriculum resource for common formative assessments and remediation.
- 8th grade Science teachers will use Florida Coach Jumpstart 2.0 Edition.
- 8th grade Biology students will use the HMH Science Dimensions: Biology textbook and online digital website
- 8th grade Biology students will use the Florida Coach EOC book and EOC Jumpstart Biology 1 Test Booklet.
- Teachers in grade levels 6-8 will use the Go Math HRW.
- Algebra teachers in grade levels 7-8 will use the Algebra 1 Honors: Explorations in Core Algebra 1.
- Algebra teachers in grade levels 7-8 will use Algebra Nation as an online supplement.
- The 8th grade Geometry teacher will use the Holt/McDougal Larson Geometry.
- All teachers in grade levels 6-8 will provide student access to HMH Collections.
- All Literacy teachers in grades 6-8 will use Newsela.com.
- All Literacy teachers in grades 6-8 will use Vocabulary.com.
- All students in grade levels 6-8 will have access to Achievethecore.org (electronic resource).
- All students in grade level 6-8 will use National Geographic Inside.
- All Grade 6 teachers will use World History: Ancient Civilizations (Florida Edition); National Geographic publisher.
- All Grade 7 teachers will use Civics: Integrated Civics, Economics & Geography; Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt publisher.
- All Grade 8 teachers will use History Alive: The United States Through Industrialism; Teacher's Curriculum Institute publisher.
- Elective teachers will use the Gmetrix app for the purpose assessment review and test taking strategies.
Westpine Middle will ensure students have access to a balance of literacy & informational text by using the following mediums:
- Students will be provided with take home textbooks and supplemental workbooks.
- Students will have online access to textbooks and supplemental resources such as (Canvas, Khan Academy, i-Readiy, MyHRW, floridastudents.org and Vocabulary.com).
- Students will have access to computers to conduct research, complete online assessments, and cite textual evidence.
- Students will have access to Newsela across all content areas.
How does your school implement the Broward County Public Schools Social and Emotional Learning Standards to ensure students are developing social and emotional skills?
Social and Emotional Learning Standards will be implemented using the following strategies:
- Using character education through core content subject areas.
- Providing positive behavior implementation programs with a reward system that recognizing student behavior.
- Cultivating a school climate that shapes a culturally sensitive environment through professional development training.
- Peer counseling services will be provided to aid students with conflict resolution, study skills, and building positive peer relationships.
In which ways are the five competencies of the Social Emotional Learning explicitly taught and/or integrated school-wide and in the classroom?
In order to integrate the five competencies of Social Emotional Learning in the classroom and school-wide, the Guidance Department will perform classroom visits to teach students different lessons that facilitate Social Emotional Learning. Our focus topic will be Conscious Discipline.
How does your school-wide policy and practices support the social emotional learning for students?
The school-wide policy and practices that will be used to support emotion learning for students include:
- A LEAPS behavior change program will be implemented for students who show a high recidivism of inappropriate behavior.
- Mentoring with non-profit organizations to development and increase social and self-awareness in a targeted population of students.
- Free mental and family health referral services available for all students in need.