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American Studies Clustering PLC, 2012-2013

SSHS’s Vision: Utilizing the best teaching practices, we will ensure that our students have the essential academic, ethical and workplace skills and knowledge to be successful in an ever-changing world.

 

Goals for PLC

  • Identify, utilize and share pre- and post- assessment tools in order to gauge what students know and can do.

  • Provide targeted, differentiation strategies to use with our ELL and GT clusters in the American Studies and English 9 classrooms.

  • Use common language to use when discussing and making decisions around clusters, differentiated instruction, and other aspects of our courses.

 

September:

Thursday, 9/3: Why clustering and where are we?

  • Purpose of clustering: Improving instruction so that we better meet the needs of our ELL and GT students.

  • Self-assessment questions on iPads

  • Discussion of first question, “What are your best hopes and worst fears for clustering during the 2012-13 school year?”

  • Distribution of The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Academic Achievement for All

  • Assignments for next time:

    1. Read pages 1-9 in The Cluster Grouping Handbook.

    2. Read pages 25-37 and 63-85 in the green packet.

 

October:

Monday, 10/15: Getting to know our clustered students and Using Pre-Assessments

  • How to find, read, and utilize Advanced Learning Plans and ELL Plans.

  • Identifying common language in plans.

  • Dissecting and designing Pre-Assessments

  • Assignments for next time:

    1. With your partner, create a pre- and post- assessment that you can use with your students prior to next month’s meeting. For the next meeting bring…

      • 10 copies of the pre-/post- assessment

      • Student results

    2. Read pages 38-56 in the green packet.

    3. Read pages 84-155 in The Cluster Grouping Handbook (Chapters 5 and 6).

 

November:Differentiating lessons

Monday, 11/12:

  • Protocol to examine Pre- /Post- assessments

  • Lesson designs: Accessing differentiation tools and strategies

  • Preview of GT conference in Denver

  • Assignments for next time:

    1. With your partner, design a lesson using one at least one of the strategies examined today or in the readings. For the next meeting bring…

      • Student work samples from clustered students

      • Student work samples from non-clustered students

December:Gifted & Talented Clusters and strategies

Mon. 12/17

  • Compacting and differentiating curriculum

  • Presentations and sharing by the attendees of the GT conference

  • Assignments for next time:

    1. With your partner, design a lesson using one at least one of the strategies presented today. For the next meeting bring…

      • Student work samples from clustered students

      • Student work samples from non-clustered students

    2. Reading to be determined.

 

January:ELL Clusters and strategies

Wed. 1/23

  • Sharing our GT lessons

  • WIDA & English Language Proficiency Standards

  • ELL strategies

  • Assignments for next time:

    1. With your partner, design a lesson using one at least one of the strategies presented today. For the next meeting bring…

      • Student work samples from clustered students

      • Student work samples from non-clustered students

    2. Reading to be determined.

 

February:ELL Clusters and strategies

Tues. 2/26

  • Debriefing WIDA & CELP

  • Sharing our ELL lessons

  • Assignment for next time:

    1. Readings to be determined.

 

March

No meeting this month(conferences and TCAP testing)

 

April:Evaluating the Cluster Grouping Model in American Studies

Mon, 4/15

  • Protocol on the readings

  • Successes & Struggles with Clustering this year

  • What do we want to know from our students? How do we get this information?

  • Assignment for next time:

    1. Readings to be determined.

 

May:Looking ahead

Mon., 5/20

  • Debriefing student feedback

  • Planning for the future

 

 

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