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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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21 August, 201221 August, 2012
Deming High School implemented interdisciplinary Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with their teachers beginning in January 2011. This Share-a-thon event was an extension of the high school’s PLCs. The PLCs were designed to increase teacher collaboration for student learning. The groups, made up of at least one teacher from the core subjects and non-core subjects, met every other week and the Share-a-thon was the culminating project for each of the eight PLCs. Each PLC was responsib...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
17 April, 201217 April, 2012
Students Offering Support (SOS), developed at Woodside High School over the past 21 years, is an established, award-winning, youth education and prevention program whose mission is to offer teens the opportunity to participate in meaningful peer driven roles within the school community. In 1999 Sequoia District acknowledged the success and sustainability of the program and financially supported its dissemination (in collaboration with the Peninsula Community Foundation) to the other three com...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
Learning Criteria:
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
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
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Public Resource 23 June, 201123 June, 2011
In June 2010, members of the Instructional Leadership Team of Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Oklahoma City, OK) attended the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools (ICLE) Conference and learned about many valuable tools provided by ICLE and the Successful Practices Network (SNP). As a result and to further the goals of their Pathway to Excellence vision, the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) made a decision to begin implementing the Rigor and Relevance Framew...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Multiple Pathways
20 June, 201120 June, 2011
The goal of this program is for students to develop the ability to make educated guesses about unfamiliar words they encounter when reading. If students can break down unfamiliar words into parts, reading comprehension improves.
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Accelerated / AP Enrollments
  • Alternative Education Program
  • High Expectations
11 May, 201111 May, 2011
Each fall at Cambridge Primary School all kindergarten students and parents are given a warm welcome to school, as each family participates in entrance week. The purpose of kindergarten entrance week is to make the transition into kindergarten a positive experience for children and parents. During the first week of school each student will attend one day for a 90 minute block, accompanied by his/her parents or guardians. During the visit students will participate in small groups of five to ...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
Learning Criteria:
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations
10 May, 201110 May, 2011
For four Saturdays, Fort Meade Middle Senior Middle and High School students utilized Smart Response systems to track their performance on FCAT Reading and Math. Students tested for 70 minutes. Following the assessments, teachers reviewed the data and conducted error analysis with the most missed, difficult test items. Students in grades 6-12, with the assistance of teachers, discovered new test taking strategies, learned to eliminate incorrect or distracter answer choices, and improved the...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Meeting AYP Mathematics
28 April, 201128 April, 2011
In the spring of 2011, the principal of La Quinta High School conducted small-group discussions with all sophomore students about the upcoming California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). These “CAHSEE Chats” were conducted in each of 27 World History classes and included the use of an engaging animated PowerPoint presentation containing released test questions/answers for each of the state standard strands in ELA and Math, along with information about a boot camp preparation course, test...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Meeting AYP Mathematics
  • Retention Rate
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate
  • College Going Rate
28 April, 201128 April, 2011
"At Rocky Heights Middle School, our student centered culture practices collaborative decision-making and continuous improvement in a safe, supportive, professional learning environment.” In order to honor this vision, Rocky Heights has adopted a combination of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Discipline with Dignity strategies.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is based on a foundation of research-based practices including: defining school-wide behavior expectations, teaching behavio...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
27 April, 201127 April, 2011
“Kids of Character” are chosen daily by any staff member who sees a student showing the character traits of Honesty, Self-Discipline, Compassion, Respect, or Responsibility. The staff member fills out a certificate describing the behavior and character trait. The students are announced daily during the morning announcements and have their picture taken. The picture is attached to the certificate and it is displayed on the” Kids of Character Wall” next to the office. The students are...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
Learning Criteria:
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations


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