Friday, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

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

Special Events for the Week of March 30-April 5, 2015
Monday:          PowerSchool Webinar - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday:         Local CBE Team Meeting - 8:30 a.m.
                         University of Iowa Science Department Skype - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday:    Weekly Admin Meeting - 7:45 a.m. 
                         CBE Coordinating Council Meeting - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday:       PowerSchool Meeting - Cedar Rapids - 8:30 a.m.
Friday:             No School
Sunday:           Easter

Midterm will be Friday, April 17 with reports due by noon on Tuesday, April 21

Youth Frontiers - The Character Challenge

Reminder:  #cadetnation Fridays are the first Friday of every month. This is a great way to show your Cadet spirit. THIS WILL OCCUR ON APRIL 10 FOR APRIL. Remember to wear your #cadetnation t-shirt!

Jazz Spotlight

Foreign Travel Breakfast

CBE - 3 Ways to Spot Student Centered Learning

Students are in the driver’s seat.
There are a few key questions to ask to determine if your child is in the driver’s seat of their own learning.
  • Do students move through content at their own pace and according to their own needs?
  • Do they have opportunities to choose work that speaks to their own passions and interests and opportunities to learn outside of the traditional school day?
  • Do they havevoice and choice” when it comes to their learning?
  • Is your child on a unique learning path or that s/he is marching through content with the rest of the pack?
  • Is your child motivated, engaged and encouraged in a way that feels supportive of learning?
Teachers and Students help plan the routes
Your child’s teachers should know where your student currently is academically, where they’ve been and where they are going. Ongoing, meaningful assessment of knowledge and skills is essential to obtain insights needed to personalize learning. This knowledge generated from these assessments should inform your child’s learning experience. Good teachers have long known the importance of getting to know individual learners and differentiating instruction in this way. We’re big believers in the potential of technology such as adaptive learning tools and blended learning classroom models to help teachers efficiently gather and track powerful student data to inform their instructional path.
  • How has the school organized its learning and assessments?
  • Where are you in terms of how the learning is unfolding for the students? Are they starting a new module, working on a new concept or skill, or applying concepts and skills they have learned to new situations?
  • What is the purpose of the assessment: is it within a unit or project, or is it a yearlong or culminating project such as a capstone?
  • How do teachers share their work together through designing and validating tasks, calibrating student work scoring, revising tasks, sharing instructional strategies, etc.?
  • How do students share their work with each other through collaborative work, peer review, etc?
  • Are there portfolio reviews, exhibitions, or other opportunities where students present to authentic audiences, such as members of the community, parents, or other students?
Everyone has access to the “map.”
In a student-centered learning environment, everyone – students, teachers, parents – has access to and understands the landscape – with an awareness of the roadblocks that may be coming ahead and a plan to work through them. To find evidence of the “map,” reflect on or ask these questions:
  • Does your child’s teacher have a system for tracking individual student progress toward overall academic goals across various content areas?
  • What is your child’s involvement in tracking their progress and setting their own goals?
  • Does your child have a strong sense of their strengths, weaknesses and overall progress?
  • Can parents easily access information about their student and get an accurate picture of how their student is progressing?

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