I wanted to share this with you from Dr. Dehlinger’s weekly update to Administrators…
“More from Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty…
Payne explains the most often-repeated words in research about what works with students from poverty are insistence, expectations and support. The supports these students need are cognitive strategies, appropriate relationships, coping strategies, goal-setting opportunities, and appropriate instruction in both content and discipline. Payne states “The lack of these unseen attributes handicaps in every aspect of life the individual who does not have them” (p. 139). What does this mean in the school setting?
- The focus in schools should be on learning.
- Instruction in the cognitive strategies should be part of the curriculum.
- Staff development should focus on a diagnostic approach rather than a programmatic approach.
- Efforts to promote learning should pay greater heed to what is in the student’s head.
- Insistence, expectation, and support need to be guiding lights in our decisions about instruction.
The good news for school leaders is all of these recommendations are supported by the Seminole County Instructional Model. Just think about DQ1, DQ8, DQ9, and all the indicators in Domain 2, along with 50, 51 and 52. When we support teachers to become more and more effective in these areas, what happens in the classroom (DQ 2, DQ3, DQ4, DQ%) will result in significant effects on student learning. This effect can be life-changing for students.”
Your SSMS leaders and Support Team strive to support you. Open Door Policy, is just what it means….. Open Door Policy… Because Knowledge is Power : ) Don’t hesitate to drop in, send an email or call with concerns/”deltas”. We share a common goal and we must continue to move forward. We enjoyed the opportunity to hear your input and recommendations on Wednesday. We will be implementing some of the suggestions right away. Making Connections is the key to effective communication and ensuring everyone, because ALL means ALL, sees and understands the “End in Mind”. In doing this, we will ALL be on the SAME PAGE.
SSMS WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS 2014-2015
#1 : Create a culture that empowers student leadership by infusing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Leadership opportunities in all classes.
#2: Students will become Leaders of their Learning by setting goals, tracking progress and celebrating leadership roles.
#3: Through implementing high yield instructional strategies that promote academic Rigor, students will make learning gains in all academic areas.
BUILDING LEADERSHIP: ONE STUDENT AT A TIME!
The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge is a team-based, service learning program that fosters teamwork in an effort to help students learn and develop key leadership skills as they take action to solve real-life hunger issues. Throughout this leadership program, students will participate in a student leadership development program adapted from David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. In addition, you will have access to USA TODAY’s e-Newspaper, video messages from David Novak and social media outlets to connect and communicate throughout the program.
CLICK HERE for Lead2Feed Lesson2-Activity 2 Powerpoint-11-11-14
CLICK HERE for leadership-semester-1-schedule1-1
Lead 2 Feed Registration Doc
LEAD2FEED registration link
Don’t forget to register!
Ms. Madrid has your additional copy in her office, if you have not already picked it up.
SEE IF YOU CAN “GUESS WHO”?
INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATES & PD OPPORTUNITIES
Instructional Coaches: Fisher, Mandell, & Hunziker
CLICK HERE for SCPS CMAP Training
District PD Opportunity at South Seminole Middle School
FSA TRAINING MODULES AND PRACTICE TESTS
Take a moment to review trainer modules and take sample tests individually or as a PLC
CLICK HERE for FSA Writing Update from FLDOE*********IMPORTANT!
Florida Standards Assessments Training Tests
FSA User Trainer Modules
FOR THE LOVE OF DATA
TEACH DOWN THE GAP
2014 Ascension & Regression Explanation
South Seminole MATH 2014 Ascension & Regression
South Seminole READ 2014 Ascension & Regression
PLC Teach Down the Gap Plans are Due to your Curriculum Administrator
- PLC meetings can be held independently on November 11, 2014. You will NOT need to report to your normal location. The location can be determined by your PLC. A revised PLC format will be discussed with you via your Curriculum Leaders ( after we meet on 11/12/14)
- Differentiated Scale Training November, 12th in the Media Center from 3:00 – 4:00. Refer to the published SSMS PD Calendar
- November 18, 2014 is one of our required evening events, Magnet Night! Magnet Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. At this event, we welcome parents of potential 6th grade students to tour our school and learn about our magnet program. ( for teachers with additional night/day events i.e Science Fair, History Fair, The Arts performances, contact Ms. Ciocca)
Have a Great Weekend!