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    Instruction

     
    Our educational community strives to ensure that:
    • every student demonstrates essential life and academic skills and plans for continued growth;
    • every student is engaged and heard, and demonstrates personal responsibility for learning;
    • every student demonstrates a commitment to contribute by participating in projects that are meaningful to the student and to the community. 

    Instructional Practice Initiative:

    Empower teachers to lead instructional change using the Marzano Instructional Framework; increase student engagement and enhance student growth.

     

    Desired outcomes:
    • Learning and teaching improves district-wide

    • Lessons foster conceptual learning; not just recall

    • Lessons characterized by questioning and discussion; students explain thinking

    • Lessons with clear purpose; “what” and “why” throughout lesson

    • Lessons characterized by a safe, positive, collaborative, differentiated and challenging learning environment;

    • Students assume more responsibility for their learning and use data to monitor their own progress

    • Staff use data to inform and guide instruction

    • We align curriculum to meet Washington State learning standards

    • We adopt instructional strategies and tools to enhance rigorous and engaging learning

    • Our work together is conducted through a commitment to collaboration, communication, and coordination

    • We foster and model a growth mindset

     

    How this is achieved:

    • Implement the Marzano Instructional Framework with fidelity

    • Teacher teams (PLCs) coordinate professional learning walks, providing opportunities for reflective practice, peer learning and inspiration.

    • Targeted professional development regarding framework components

    • Learning rubrics aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are developed and shared with students

    • PLCs work together to develop group learning goals

    • PLCs align instruction to state standards

    • Students and teachers use a collaborative team approach to learning

    • Appoint strong teacher leaders and help develop strong instructional teams
     
     
    Resources
    Academic Skills:
    Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Learning and Teaching 
    Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Your Child's Progress 
     
    Life Skills: 
     

    Essential Life Skills (VISD Draft March 9th 2017)

    Productive: To be productive, a student should demonstrate setting a goal, planning to meet the goal, prioritizing the steps, and meet the objective through an organized process.

    Empathetic: An essential life skill, because students will not only be able to hear and understand what others communicate, but also be able to learn and adopt (temporarily) the perspective of others.

    Curious: The innate ability to want to explore the world around you. It encompasses a number of other skills, including: research, asking questions, and observation. 

    Persistent: The ability to not give up - especially when something doesn't come easily. It is being able to face failure, be resilient, rebound, not give up and thrive.

    Creative: The ability to imagine and innovate; seeing things from a unique perspective, or at least a new one.

    Reflective: Metacognition, to pause and think about how you self-reflect (academically and personally) on your own understanding.

    Clear communicator: Includes speaking, writing, listening, and understanding body language.

     
     
     
    You are an important part of your child’s education! Your child’s school should communicate with you—in your language—about your child’s education. This often includes translated documents and a language interpreter for meetings and conversations. You have the right to these services even if you speak some English and even if your child can speak or read in English.
     

    Our schools should communicate with you in your language about important information and opportunities for your child. This includes information about:

    • Registration and enrollment in school
    • Grades, academic standards, and graduation
    • School rules and student discipline
    • Attendance, absences, and withdrawal
    • Parent permission for activities or programs
    • School closures
    • Opportunities to access programs or services—including highly capable, advanced placement, and English language learner programs
    • Special education and services for students with disabilities

    Interpretation and Translation Services

    Under state and federal law, all parents have the right to information about their child’s education in a language they can understand. Title IV Regulations | Chapter 28A.642 RCW | Chapter 392-190 WAC
     
    Please click here, for more information about this topic posted on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website.