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Learning Criteria Resources
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
The Learning Criteria to Support Rigor, Relevance and Relationships is a tool that helps schools move from talk to walk. Like other useful tools, it cannot sit in the toolbox and perform miracles. The more you use it, the more effective you become in measuring how successful your efforts are in promoting your fundamental beliefs. It will also allow you to pinpoint the areas where your greatest efforts and resources are needed.

Effectively implementing the Learning Criteria to Support Rig...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Perhaps the single greatest indicator contributing to the overall culture of a school or educational organization over the past several years has been that of state test scores. These measurements, which inform us of whether or not we are preparing all students to meet the demands of the world in which they live, are indeed critical to the manner in which school culture is defined. Yet, as many of our staff and senior consultants have traveled across the United States in search of the nation...Read more
11 April, 201111 April, 2011 Research Research
Folder: Turnaround Strategies
Students who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time, and disadvantaged students who fall behind by third grade are 13 times less likely to graduate with their peers, according to new research. The author of the study said reading is taught until third grade, at which point students are expected to use reading skills to learn new material, meaning that students who fall behind likely will remain there.
Teachers give short quick assessments and make instructional decisions based on the data. Teachers give a 4-6 question assessment weekly that gauges whether each student is mastering the state standard/indicator or needs to be remediated. Teachers chart student progress and also, students chart their own progress and the next day the teacher provides either enrichment, to those who have met the standard, or remediation for those who have not. This short-cycle assessment tool lets a teacher...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations
9th period is a required after school remediation for students who are not passing one or more classes at a three week grading period. Locations for 9th period are set up as such: two locations for math, one location for English, one location for science, one location for foreign language, and one location for all other subject areas/computer needs. In each area a certified teacher or teachers is present. Student tutors are also available in math, science, and foreign language. Students a...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Meeting AYP Mathematics
  • High Expectations
29 April, 201029 April, 2010 Successful Practices Successful Practices
9th-10th mixed grade level looping of English classes using a balanced literacy model incorporating readers and writers workshop. All 9th and 10th graders are assigned to this English class, designed to meet the state standards prior to the end of their 10th grade year. Students loop with the same teacher for two years, while teachers utilize a two year English curriculum.
Components of School Excellence:
  • Address Organizational Structures.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations
24 May, 201024 May, 2010 Research Research
Folder: Adult Education
This study of four national English lan­guage arts college readiness standards sets compares content alignment and level of alignment of the standards statements in three comparison sets to a benchmark set, the American Diploma Project (ADP), and analyzes the cognitive complexity of all four sets. This study is part of SWREL's "Issues and Answers" series. Look for the dramatic differences in the number and types of standards across the 4 compared groups.
Model School
13 April, 201013 April, 2010 Case Studies Case Studies
Model Of
Assessment
Collaboration
Collaborative Leadership
Continuous Improvement
Creativity
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Empowerment
Engagement
High Expectations
in Every Leader
Inclusion
Interventions
Leadership
Learning Criteria
Literacy
Meeting All Students’ Needs
Year: 2006
The A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School program is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment are the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child — socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically — the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership. It is Combs’ culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence, differe...Read more
Model School
15 April, 201015 April, 2010 Case Studies Case Studies
Model Of
Advisory
Collaborative Leadership
Continuous Improvement
Creativity
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Empowerment
Engagement
High Expectations
in Every Leader
Leadership
Learning Criteria
Meeting All Students’ Needs
Mentoring
Parent Involvement
Personalization
Positive behavior
Year: 2007
The A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School program is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment are the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child—socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically—the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership. It is Combs’ culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence, differenti...Read more
Model School
12 August, 201012 August, 2010 Case Studies Case Studies
By The NumbersModel Of
846 students
53% white
20% black
13% Hispanic
35% free/reduced lunch
28 languages/68 countries
AYP met
Aggressive improvement plans
Collaborative Leadership
Continuous Improvement
Creativity
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Empowerment
Engagement
High Expectations
Instilling a Sense of Community
Leadership
Learning Criteria
Mentoring
Parent Involvement
Personalization
Relationships
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
Year: 2010
The A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School (Combs) program is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment are the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child—socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically—the program fosters a climate of principle-centered personal leadership. It is Combs’ culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence, differe...Read more


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