The Great Conversation
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- 1. The Great Conversation
Inspired by Jamie Vollmers book, Schools Cant Do It Alone
Presented by Julie Bastow Ed. S., ELA Consultant, AMA ESD
Meaghan Gauthier Ed. S., Literacy Consultant, AMA ESD
& Courtney Huff Ed. S., Literacy Consultant, AMA ESD
- 2. Todays purpose
The beginning of The Great Conversation, a new community-wide discussion, designed to increase student success, and ultimately, improve the quality of life of everyone in the community, whether or not they have kids in school (Vollmer, 149).
- 3. A series of phases
Phase 1 Objectives:
Connect with as many people as possible
Describe the benefits that will happen when we work together to support student achievement
Help everyone understand what these benefits mean for the community
- 4. Why now?
Shift from Industrial Age to Knowledge Age
Less on making and moving
More on generating and sharing knowledge
Dramatic increase in what ALL students need to know
An adequate education just 30 years agono longer sufficient
- 5. Local Good News
Targeted Writing Project (TWP)
Students across 4 districts receive 45 minutes of systematic writing instruction daily
Supporting Teachers and Readers Successfully (STARS)
Cycle #1: 270 students serviced, 94% improvement
Cycle #2: 219 students serviced, 88% improvement
Cycle #3: 295 students service, 83% improvement
- 6. More good news
Proactive vs. Reactive
Teachers Meet Together to Review Student Data
- 7. Meanwhile
our schools have done all this while feeding tens of millions of children nutritious meals twice a day, transporting them billions of miles each year in safe, reliable buses, and providing them with quality health services and medical expertise
If that were not enough, Americas public schools are the cultural heart of their communities (Vollmer, 155).
- 8. Restructuring schools
What are the necessary changes schools need to make to increase student success?
Why are these changes important?
What will they mean for EVERYONE in the community?
Feedback from community is vital!
- 9. Schools cant do it alone
For all publics educations remarkable success, no generation of educators in the history of the world has been asked to do what Americans now demand of their schools (Vollmer, 156).
- 10. Did you know
Alpena schools buses travel the distance from Disney World and back in ONE day, plus a few extra miles to make a round trip to the Mackinaw Bridge (averaging 2,990 miles a day!)
- 11. Time to reflect
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