Curriculum

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Curriculum

Common Core Aligned Curriculum Programs.

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Go Math! Click here for the presentation that will walk you through the entire CCLS aligned program. Teachers have already participated in professional development for the new program and will continue to do so throughout the school year.

***Note**** You will need speakers or head phones to hear the presentation. The presentation is 28 minutes long and will introduce you to the entire program.

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Second, I want to share our revised ELA program. Teachers at P.S. 101Q have being conducting a form a balanced literacy for years. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s Reading and Writing Units of Study are completely aligned to the CCLS. It is a “Balanced Literacy” approach to reading and writing.

The following article describes what balanced literacy is:
 
- Toward a Definition of a Balanced Approach to Reading Instruction
Read through some of the articles written about schools affiliated with the Teachers College Reading and Writing project:
- Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Has Rewards Schools Across New York State
- TCRWP School Wins Multiple Morgan Book Project Awards
- Testimonial: Houston County Schools of Georgia
- Principal at Livingston Reward School Gives Recipe For Success
- Read through some of the research around Teachers' College work in schools.

 

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Feel free to browse the website @ http://readingandwritingproject.com and view some of the lessons in action.

You can find the video lessons on the top right corner of the home page. This year, P.S. 101Q teachers will be given all of the CCLS aligned units of study from Teachers’ College/ Columbia University for the 2016-2017 school-year. In addition, 20 in-school professional development days will be offered. All classroom teachers will participate in 10 days of PD for 2 periods each session. Furthermore, there will be 25 professional development days at Teachers’ College offered. Teachers will be given the opportunity to choose the day they feel will best meet their professional needs. Each teacher will attend up to two of those days. Lastly, the Reading and Writing Project will provide the school with many additional instructional tools that teachers will have access to throughout the year.

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Positive Action - Our Social Emotional Curriculum

Positive Action is an educational program featuring a series of scripted lessons, for each grade level Pre-K through 12th.

The program is presented in a kit, which includes all the materials required for implementation. The lessons are scoped-and-sequenced, allowing schools to create a unified environment. No training is necessary and the lessons are easy to use.

It works by teaching and reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions. The program teaches the positive actions for the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional areas of the self.

The philosophy is illustrated by the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle where positive thoughts lead to positive actions, positive actions lead to positive feelings about your self and positive feelings lead to more positive thoughts. With more than 2000 lessons across 22 products, imagine what Positive Action could do for your students". http://www.positiveaction.net

We would like to extend our gratitude once again to the Parents' Association for their support with this endeavor. Parents understood the importance and realized the vitality for a strong social emotional curriculum in our school. Every class will engage in a minimum of three lessons per week. In addition, there will be a monthly assembly addressing the content that the curriculum covers in that given month. Please support your children by having conversations with them about what they are learning in our social emotional curriculum.

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Parents as Learning Partners

Third Friday of the month
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We are fortunate in our school to be at the point to be able to thread the use of technology into every subject area in every classroom. We are excited to move into the next phase of our school's technological development. The Common Core Learning Standards call for the integration of technology throughout all of the core subjects. All of the above curriculums integrate technology into daily practice. Every teacher will be utilizing technology in the classroom on a daily basis. For example, every classroom has a working Smart board and all of the Go Math lessons, along with many of the other lessons (ELA, Social Studies, Science, Project based learning) will be conducted on the Smartboards. In addition, many of the units of study for the Reading and Writing Workshop require teaching students how to conduct research via the Internet.

Students will be afforded the opportunity to utilize technology in their independent practice. For example, they will type up their published pieces in some of the writing units, they will conduct research on classroom laptops and iPads, and engage in project based learning on the computers. Furthermore, many of the assessments for the above curriculums will be conducted online in order to compile student data to inform further instruction. Taking the online assessments will also prepare students for the New York State Tests, which will ultimately be online tests. Thanks to our Parent Association and the generous donations from many parents, students in fifth and sixth grade will also be able to integrate the use of iPads into their daily work.

Teachers will be scheduled to go to the Media Center once a week to engage in research, assessments, projects or educational intervention activities with their students. All teachers will have laptops available to sign into their classrooms for projects that will be mandated through the curriculums. Teachers will be provided ongoing support for the integration of technology into their daily practice. Furthermore, teachers will participate in professional development around the usage of technology in their lessons. There will be a CUNY technology intern employed at the school to support the teachers with our technology initiatives. Lastly, teachers will be studying research-based peer reviewed articles that focus on the integration of technology into the classroom each month. The first article is Making Best Practices Better; When Incorporating Technology, Don't Force Yourself to Change Everything You Do. Instead, Use it to Build on What You Already Do Well by Mike Dappolone.

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The cluster teachers (Social Studies, Art, Music, and Physical Education) will be embarking on a new endeavor this year as well. They will be working together to integrate some of their units of study around the Common Core Learning Standards. The content of the units will be Social Studies based. Art, Music and Gym will integrate their lessons to the content that students are learning in Social Studies. For example, if the class is learning about the Civil War, the music teacher will instruct about music during that time period, the art teacher will instruct on art work from that time period, and the physical education teacher will instruct on dance and/or sports from that time period. In addition, all of the clusters will be integrating technology into their instruction. This integration is yet another step we are taking to ensure that our students are college and career ready.

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Teacher Effectiveness

In addition to all of the new curriculums for our students, teachers will be evaluated for the first time in 80 years by a new evaluation system. New York State passed this new educational law two years ago. It was put into effect for NYC on June 1, 2013. Teachers will be receiving three hours of professional development per month during their preparatory periods around research based teaching methods and the new evaluation system. All of the programs chosen for next year are research-based programs that align to the CCLS and the Danielson's Teaching Framework, which teachers will be evaluated by.

Data

Based on feedback that the school received from parents, there will be an online system that streamlines student data. This system will enable more feedback to parents about their child's progress. Parents will be able to log into the system once it is live.

 

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