Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

Academics ~ Activities ~ Arts ~ Athletics
Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Tim Felderman
tfelderman@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter: tfelderman78






Special Events for the Week of November 25 - November 29, 2013
Monday:       
Tuesday:        High School Climate/Culture BLT - 3:30 pm
Wednesday:   1 Hour Early Out Schedule
Thursday:       Thanksgiving Day
Friday:            No School

Competency Based Education - Here We Go!
This week was the start of formal, state level meetings regarding CBE. Key learnings from the meeting:

Working Definition of Competency Education:
1. Students advance upon demonstrated mastery.
2. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.
3. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
4. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs. (If a student doesn’t hit mastery, there must be an intervention.)
5. Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions. 

TIME MATTERS! The end point of the goal should be reasonable and within teacher expectation.

Competency: A competency is an enduring understanding that requires the transfer of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to complex situations in and/or across content areas and/or beyond the classroom.
Proficiency: Demonstrated skill or knowledge required to advance to and be successful in higher levels of learning in that content area or using that content.

What Will the Howard-Winn CBE Team Do?
  • Develop and begin to use a common definition of competency.  
  • Develop a continuum of transformation from traditional to competency-based that districts can use to self-assess and plan.
  • Develop a Competency Validation Rubric and model competencies aligned to the Iowa Core and universal constructs. 
  • Develop an Assessment Validation Rubric and model assessments aligned to the competencies.  
  • Develop effective and efficient ways to record and report student progress on competencies. 
  • Connect with post-secondary institutions to provide smooth transitions for students. 
  • Work toward pre-service teacher and aspiring administrator training. 
  • Develop appropriate professional development for in-service educators. 
  • Work toward parent and community understanding and support.

Great Video of CBE in Oklahoma Math Class  
This video takes you inside the classroom of the 2013 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year 2013, Elaine Hutchinson, as she uses the approaches of CBE to teach students to apply mathematical equations to real-life situations. It also shows Ms. Hutchinson sitting down with her building's principal and a new teacher to talk through teaching skills. It's a great view into how the tenets of CBE support real world learning.

Please click the link below:
Spanish Collaborative
Spanish teacher Libby Schwade worked with Angie Holzer, Spanish teacher at  Charles City High School, this week on unit competencies and their outcomes in Spanish levels I through IV. They chose to focus on the competencies of speaking, reading/listening, and writing within each unit of study and the grading of the competences and outcomes. Schwade and Holzer also discussed the use of formative and summative assessments in the Spanish classroom. In their study, they researched practices from other districts and states. Schwade stressed to Holzer that flipped learning was determined to be a powerful tool for guiding students through the practice and completion of the competencies.  

Math League
Twenty CHS students participated in the Math League Competition on Saturday, November 2 at the Waverly-Shell Rock High School. The competition included four rounds of questions, two of which were individual events and two of which were three-person team events. Four of the students placed in the top three for their grade level in individual events: Skye Meinecke - 3rd place for 10th grade in the Target round; Shane Trautsch - 3rd place for 11th grade in the Target Round; Corey Gossman and Hunter Praska tied for 2nd place in 12th grade in the Target Round; and Hunter Praska also got a 3rd place in the Sprint Round for 12th grade.

Fillmore Central Visit
Administrators from Howard-Winn visited the Fillmore Central High School this week to learn more about their 1:1 MacBook Air Project that incorporates Schoology as a learning management tool. The parallels between the two school districts are amazing. The agenda for the day included:
  • History of 1:1 Initiative at Fillmore Central
  • Use of Schoology
  • Tour of Technology Integration in Classrooms
Node Chairs are Here
Mrs. Nance's classroom now has node chairs! This style of seating allows for collaboration and flexible learning spaces while still allowing individualized learning to occur.

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