Monday, October 13, 2014

October 16

Crestwood Secondary Schools (7-12)
Twitter: @Crestwood_HS 

Special Events for the Week of October 20 - October 26, 2014
Monday:          Iowa BIG Idea School Visit - Leave at 9:45 am 
Tuesday:         Admin Meeting - 1:00 pm
                         Observation - 2:30 pm
                         Listening Post - Lime Springs - 6:00 pm
Wednesday:   Teacher Professional Development - 3 Hour Early Out
                         Periods 5-8, Homebase Schedule
Friday:             University of Iowa Visit to Howard-Winneshiek

                         Counseling/At-Risk Weekly Meeting - 1:00 p.m.

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

The Concept is Simple:  
Learning is best measured by mastery rather than time spent in the classroom.

Competency education ensures students gain the academic and lifelong learning skills they need to be successful in an ever-changing world. Schools can personalize the learning experience, offering a variety of ways for students to learn and demonstrate learning. Students have more voice and choice, taking ownership of their learning. Students get the instructional support they need to succeed, even if it takes them multiple attempts over a little more time to achieve mastery. Academic rigor is sustained by measuring achievement against a common set of standards.

In competency education, students work at their academic level, understanding what they are learning and what they need to do next. Teachers provide timely assessments and extra support until students can demonstrate that they have mastered the concept. Students get the help they need, when they need it, so they can advance to a higher level of studies as soon as they are ready. This system ensures that our most under-served students are no longer left behind, and that all of our students can take their education as far as they are able.

How Do We Set the Tone of the Classroom?

State CBE Collaborative Update
The following is the agenda from the State CBE Collaborative from October 14:
  • Update on Writing Competencies
  • Peer Review of Action Planning
  • Personal Purpose and Vision
  • What Did We Learn from Our Partners? What is Our Plan?
  • Genius Hour at the Collaborative
The Howard-Winneshiek CBE Team will have an Action Plan planning day on November 13 to develop our work for the upcoming years.

Iowa BIG Idea School Visit
Becky Bohr, Deb Day, Crystal Hegg, Kirsten Johnson, Brenda Knobloch, Rhonda Vobr, and Kris Ward will be visiting the Iowa BIG Idea School on October 20.

What is Iowa BIG?
We are a public school partnership of several districts in Iowa’s “Creative Corridor.”  The Cedar Rapids Gazette Companies and Cedar Rapids Community School District created and piloted the program in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, we are proud to announce that College Community School District has partnered with Iowa BIG. We exist to connect the problems and initiatives that our local businesses, organizations, and government agencies want done with the learning and experience students need. Our students learn rigorous content through projects they elect to work on with organizations that need them done.

What are BIG Projects Like?

They’re, well, big. We differ from most schools in that we employ personnel–our Director of Strategic Partnerships–whose job it is to travel the community drumming up projects, placements, and opportunities for BIG’s students. This person then pitches these projects to our students, who vote to decide on what projects BIG should take on. We demand that our students work on something they care about for an audience who has interest in getting the project done.

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