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NEASC IN TEAMS - week of November 8th, 2010
As a critical part of our NEASC work, we are required to develop YHS’s Core Values. The good news is that we have them in place and have been practicing them for several years now, driving our work as a school. To formalize this however, we must receive feedback and input from faculty/staff, community and students on the following draft:
Personalization, Academic Rigor & Success for Every Student
The YHS community does whatever it takes to help students succeed. Each person is valued as a meaningful member in this community. Our school is built upon intellectual honesty, high standards, a commitment to open inquiry fostering lifelong learning.
In addition, we are required to glean from this a formal set of measurable 21st century learning expectations. These 21st century learning expectations identify the school-wide essential learnings that the community has identified for all students. These expectations must address competencies in the following THREE areas:
- academic (e.g., effectively analyze and evaluate information and evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs)
- social (e.g., act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind)
- civic (e.g., participate effectively in civic life through knowing how to stay informed and understanding governmental processes)
Most schools will elect to limit the number of school-wide (intended for ALL students) learning expectations. In most cases they will be competencies that cut across disciplines, but in some cases they will be competencies that are unique to a particular discipline. What is essential is their relevance to what all students need to know to be successful in the 21st century and that there are sufficient opportunities for students to practice and achieve each one. Schools usually have more expectations that address academic competencies than those that address civic and social competencies. These must be measurable and a rubric will eventually be required for each.
TEAM WORK for student feedback:
- Friday, Nov 5: outline the work for next week with your kids.
- Monday, Nov 8: receive feedback and input on the CORE VALUES
- Tuesday, Nov 9: brainstorm school-wide ACADEMIC expectations/competencies
- Wednesday, Nov 10: brainstorm school wide SOCIAL expectations/competencies
- Friday, Nov 11: brainstorm school wide CIVIC expectations/competencies
This is exceptionally important work, and a great opportunity to connect with our TEAM kids in a unique way. At the end of each day OR at the end of the entire process (your call), please email all feedback and ideas to Rob Westerberg. Thanks and good luck!!!
The YHS community does whatever it takes to help students succeed. Each person is valued as a meaningful member in this community. Our school is built upon intellectual honesty, high standards, and a commitment to open inquiry fostering lifelong learning.
Integrity - Perseverance - Responsibility - Citizenship - Moral Courage - Respect