Staff meeting time is allocated twice a month for sharing of information, strategies, and resources to increase teacher effectiveness. Our staff has been working together to develop questions and tasks for the different DOK levels. Currently, at least one teacher from each grade level has received in depth training in PLC, and we are diligently working towards answering the 4 guiding questions: What do we want students to learn? How will we know if they are learning? How will we respond if they haven’t learned? How will we respond if they have learned?
This year the Instructional Rounds process is teacher led. A team of teachers will be collecting data on our Problem of Practice: At Van Allen School we will develop number sense through collaborative conversations, Number Talks, targeted mathematical tasks, key academic vocabulary, math games, and use of manipulatives. Learning that is gleaned from this process is shared with the entire teaching staff to ensure that outcomes are increased for all students.