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2013-14 Focus at Waterville School is Learning and Leadership

posted Sep 8, 2013, 9:24 PM by Waterville School
Waterville Staff will focus on several major initiatives this year, with the goal of improving student learning. 

Common Core is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.  Common Core provides students with:

· Consistent learning expectations for all students

· Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization.

· Emphasis on the critical topics students need to succeed after high school.

· Faster testing results with a better, more focused online assessment system.

Waterville School piloted the new Teacher Principal Evaluation tool during the 2012-13 school year with 6 teachers and 2 principals.  By the 2014-15 school year, all certified teachers and principals must be evaluated with this new tool.  Waterville’s instructional framework, U of W 5 Dimensions CEL, provides the criteria for evaluations.  All Waterville teachers will use the TPEP evaluation tool during the 2013-14 school year.

TPEP Core Principles:

· Quality teaching and leading is critically important.

· Professional learning is a key component of an effective evaluation system.

· Teaching and leading is work done by a core team of professionals.

· Evaluation systems should reflect and address the career continuum.

· An evaluation system should consider and balance “inputs or acts” with “outputs or results.”

· Teacher and principal evaluation models should coexist within the complex relationship between district systems and negotiations.

“Leader In Me” Year Two:  All Waterville staff participated in Year Two “Empowerment” training on September 3; the “Leader In Me” Lighthouse Team  attended a September 4 “Achieving School Wide Goals” training.  Staff and students will continue to build our leadership model and integrate the 7 Habits into all learning opportunities—classroom, extra curricular, student government, staff collaboration, and curriculum development.  7 Habits training for our community will be scheduled for this fall—watch for more information soon!  Plans will soon be underway for Waterville School’s Leadership Day, an all-school event where students will showcase their leadership skills and successes in school, athletics, and community!

 

 

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