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                   Family Life Academy Charter School and M.S. 224

Through the dissemination program, Family Life Academy Charter School (FLACS) has partnered with M.S. 224. Through the partnership, FLACS has provided professional development to M.S. 224 on instructional leadership, effective use of data to guide classroom instruction, and establishing and supporting professional learning communities (PLCs).

The leadership of M.S. 224 participated in a two-day leadership workshop. During this workshop, the leadership staff evaluated progress toward the goals of the dissemination grant.  Leadership systems and structures—such as teacher formal observation rubrics—were reviewed and refined. The assistant principals are now able to provide precise information and constructive feedback to teachers as per the Danielson model.

The team also developed strategies for using data to guide instruction. Data binders were created for each teacher: Student performance data was collected, organized, and analyzed from formative and statewide assessments, and the data was used by teachers to develop individual student action plans. Teachers schedule ongoing conferences with students to develop goals and track progress. According to Ms. Elizabeth Stewart, Humanities Teacher at M.S. 224, the training on data analysis was one of the most helpful she’s ever received. She said, “As a new teacher who was unfamiliar with reading student data magnitude, I was able to fully understand and analyze my students’ data by looking at their education history and determining where growth is needed. As a result with the assistance of the staff I was able to develop accurate student action plans for every student in order to help them with their learning. Overall, I see much improvement in my students’ literacy skills and confidence in their learning.”

In addition to training, teachers meet regularly in PLCs to analyze student work and data.  They engaged in meaningful problem solving and develop a sense of collective responsibility for improving student achievement. Utilizing a protocol and norms, teachers analyze student writing in order to develop strategies to support growth toward individualized action plan goals.

Last Updated: April 23, 2014