Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A group of us have been reading up on best practices in instruction based on research and have been looking for common themes and/or terminology. At the same time we have been investigating how those fit into the Danielson framework. Based on that research I have been trying to cross reference all of it to come up with a common statement that describes the best practices and philosophies that will help to lay groundwork for each domain.
Here is what I have so far:
What are your thoughts?
Posted by HCT at 6:35 PM
Monday, April 02, 2012
Over the past couple of years we have "tightened our belts" across the district. The technology budget and plan is dedicated to maintaining current technology. Yet we still want to encourage our teachers to create and enhance instruction with technology - especially using best practices.
To encourage this we have begun a process called "Enhancing Technology Proposals" (here is the template for the requests: http://goo.gl/G3h6o). The goal of this is to allow teachers to propose innovate ways to use technology in an action research format. This will accomplish a few things:
- There has to be some investment in the plan behind the instructional change
- The focus is on instruction and research
- We should learn from data gathered from the project
There have been several requests this year for adding additional technologies in various areas around the district. As you know, the current technology plan only has funds for maintaining current technology. However, the Cabinet would like to receive proposals for new technology enhancements that may improve instruction.What process do you use for these types of requests and how to you ensure they are instructional in nature?
Proposals for next year (or future years) can be submitted to the Cabinet by completing this proposal form (http://goo.gl/G3h6o) and sending it back to me by April 27th of this year. The proposal format is designed to favor ideas that are built around best practices of instruction and are research based. Teachers are encouraged to work on proposals, but the proposal must be submitted by an administrator.
There is no guarantee that we will be able to fund any of the proposals we receive, but we are open to reviewing them and trying to find creative ways to make some of them happen.
Posted by HCT at 12:14 PM