Knox Education incorporates the strategies of Strategic Schooling developed by Dennis Parker. Charlotte Knox worked with 22 schools last year using the basics of Strategic Schooling and these results show that it works.
All 22 schools met their 2010 API
12 of the 22 schools met both API and AYP targets
20 of the 22 schools experienced gains in both ELA and Math for “ALL STUDENTS”
8 of the 22 schools achieved gains in ALL SUBGROUPS in both ELA and Math
In the notes for each school there is a reference to “Backwards Planning” or “Backwards Mapping.” This is a comprehensive planning session to map out what needs to take place for the remainder of the school year before the CST. It includes strategizing standards-based interventions for targeted students, research-based teaching strategies, collaboration techniques, testing preparation and practice, and much more. In January or February each year we call this the “Half-time Huddle” – and we literally plan each remaining day of instruction leading up to the test date.
We acknowledge the support and effort of the teachers, staff, principals, and districts to follow the guidelines of these strategies and strive for success. We worked hard together and the results were excellent. Each of the schools listed below showed API gains and AYP results scores for the 2009-10 academic school year.
Franklin-McKinley Unified School District: In this district each site got at least two days of training/strategies, including testing preparation, “Backwards Planning”, walkthroughs, demo lessons, and more. In addition we did the “Half-Time Huddle” in January at which many of the schools were represented. For McKinley, Michelle Karns and I both worked with the school extensively and Michelle wrote and facilitated the application of their new Alternative Governance Plan. McKinley has moved up 114 points in two years and was one of only 23 PI 5 schools in the state of California to exit PI last year.
Atwater Elementary School District: In this district each site got at least three days of training/strategies, including test preparation demos, “Backwards Planning”, walkthroughs, and more. The principal at Olaeta is absolutely committed to helping every teacher and student be successful.
Crescent: January: a shared Saturday “Half-Time Huddle” with Root,plus five days of demo lessons, grade level planning, walk-throughs, and principal coaching.
Fairview: Began in January after principal left and a subsititute took over, with 4 days right away: Friday Folders, test preparation, and a big awards assembly CST prep rally.
Gordon: This staff was about 40% new hires this year. Facilitated half-day “backwards mapping”, principal and vice principal strategy sessions, and produced and printed student binders/Friday Folders.
Root: January: a shared Saturday “Half-Time Huddle” with Crescent plus two days of demo lessons.
Sheldon: Retreat in August, plus 6 days during the year. Constant contact with principal. Had a challenging group of teachers, particularly with upper grades; with 3 teachers leaving by the end of the year. The school is now poised to make a big gain this year.
Los Molinos: One day training; “half-time huddle” workshop. They seem to really take the “get-it” aspect of teaching seriously. Principal is focused on achievement with an amazing “data wall”.
Rosa Parks: School has been working hard and is finally moving. Provided test prep training for the district on site; also some demos, coached literacy coach, Jen Corn, and summer planning with the principal.
Pomo: Provided a three-day training on the writing campaign – a comprehensive school-wide campaign to improve writing – with awards, group efforts, etc. This is the first year the middle school shares the campus.
Sierra Avenue: Two days in January: test prep, and a non-fiction writing focus.
Think College Now: A focused campus; upwardly mobile all the time. Charlotte has been working with them for 7 years– mentoring-consulting strategies ongoing; frequent consulting with leadership. On campus two days this year plus Dennis Parker for one day.
Walnut Grove: One day in March: test prep workshop and demos. They really wanted this and I believe they did an excellent implementation after training.
Wyandotte: February – three days; teachers embraced the “backwards planning”, student folders, test prep strategies, and they jumped into “data walls”.