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The Successful Practices Network facilitates the sharing of best practices and innovative ideas among its member schools. Each member school is visited by an SPN coach who meets with the leadership team of the school to identify successful practices that will be shared to the full membership. These successful practices range from school program and course curriculum to projects or individual classes’ programs and activities. These successful practices are solicited based on their impact on student achievement and growth. All successful practices are consistent with the idea that rigor relevance and relationships for ALL students.  These descriptions are associated with the individual school that submitted them. Successful practices that are reviewed highly are often subjects of future podcasts and webinars to facilitate greater discussion and dissemination.

 

Benefits:

  • “Real world” successful practices that are tested and proven in the schools.
  • Connected to shared pedagogy of Rigor/Relevance/Relationships for ALL students
  • Format encourages schools to be innovative
  • Helps schools who are experiencing challenges find similar schools who are finding success
  • Successful practices are used to begin partnerships around persistent problems among member schools.

 

You can search the Successful Practices by completing the search indicators below.  Questions can be directed to Dale Eggebraaten, dale@spnet.us

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6 April, 20106 April, 2010
"The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace."

"Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. "

"The CBI is avail...Read more
Additional Connections:
  • Partnerships
  • Multiple Pathways
11 May, 201011 May, 2010
For the past two years, we have found funding for a Pre-Planning workshop. The workshop, held in the days leading up to the beginning of school, invites math, reading and science staff to review FCAT data from the past year, review present teaching assignments, and begin to plan for a successful year. During the three days, speakers are brought in to address whole group needs. Part of the time is also spent in small, content specific sessions focusing on establishing goals and plans for each ...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Meeting AYP Mathematics
  • High Expectations
23 September, 201123 September, 2011
According to the National Middle School Association (March, 2002) “...schools must reach out to parents, helping them to become more knowledgeable about young adolescents' developmental needs and concerns, and encouraging ongoing parental involvement in their children's education. A strong home and school connection can create a seamless web of support for children in transition....” Parents and students fear everything from the amount of homework to “mean teachers” and possible “b...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
5 April, 20105 April, 2010
David Douglas School District has worked extensively on curriculum maps for various subjects and grade levels. Included in this best practice are templates and master copies of curriculum maps as well as the sample maps for the following grades/subjects:

• Seventh Grade Social Science
• Eighth Grade Social Science
• Eighth Grade Math One, Two, and Three
• Eighth Grade Science

Curriculum maps are excellent tool to use in order to align state standards with district goals, obj...Read more
10 May, 201010 May, 2010
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
7 April, 20107 April, 2010
Counselors have scheduled students in to 4 ninth grade teams and 3 10th grade teams. The teachers have a collaborative group to work at making sure the student is successful. Minutes, agendas, etc. are taken and shared with administrators. Meetings are held to address successes, as well as needs. Parents find it easier to work with a group of teachers that are constant.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations
11 May, 201011 May, 2010
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
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
7 April, 20107 April, 2010
A+ Credit Retrieval program allows students an opportunity to re-capture credit in core courses that they were previously unsuccessful in completing. Students work at their own pace in a lab to complete computer based lessons which correlate to the course objectives and goals (TEKS). The lab is open and available for student use before and after school and on Saturdays.

Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
3 May, 20103 May, 2010
During October-December each student review with their Homeroom teacher, the California Standards test scores and grade information to identify strengths and set goals for achievement. Students reset goals after each grading period and “peer promoters” remind each other weekly about their progress. In February, students then share their “Academic Tune-ups” with parents during our spring Student-Led Conferences. English Language Learners have three additional meetings with teacher ment...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations


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