Friday was a great day of collaboration and pd at West Middle School!! April Daywalt, our Instructional Facilitator [interviewed in the video below] led group instructional discussions during planning periods on using Data Connections, a program the district has subscribed to.
I love the Shift Thinking behind this training! Before Friday, West MS has only used this program during our quarterly benchmark testing. The problem with this approach is it only gave us 3 opportunities to planned reteaching, acceleration and reflection. For student achievement, we cant afford to wait until the end to look at and plan with important student data! Opening up this program, expanding training to every teacher and having people on board who can help with answer questions will go a long way in making this part of our planning, teaching and learning culture.
Below are two interviews about training implementation and purpose, the second is Daywalt:
I love the EQ in the back! Thanks to all the teachers for the being active participants and planning on incorporating this into their practice and thanks to April for her shift training!