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Homecoming Week Ahead, September 25-29
As we continue forward with developing our Proficiency Based Diploma practices at LRHS, an ongoing focus has been our work in developing "student agency"--the skills, habits, and mindsets that students are responsible for their own learning and able to manage it independently for the rest of their lives.
Developing this independence is arguably our most important task as an educational institution--the greatest marker of whether we have been successful with our students or not. The challenge of that--as this article (thanks to Roger Smith for sharing something he is using in Psychology!) discusses--is that what we mean by independence is in many ways culturally and contextually determined.
For example--I know many parents have communicated to me that they don't want their student present in conversations about the student's academic progress, for various reasons. There are certainly conditions and situations where not including a high school student in a discussion of his or her progress might be appropriate, but it is certainly not a strategy that promotes the student's independence or agency.
A "slower" growing up process should inform our efforts to develop student agency, and may actually cause us to pull back on some efforts, but the overall question is the one implied by the article--How do we make sure that teens eventually get the opportunity to develop the skills they will need as adults: independence, along with social and decision-making skills?
It is Homecoming week, with tons of activities scheduled throughout.
Some of the particulars follow.
Dress up days:Monday 9/25 'Merica Day (red,white,blue)
Tuesday 9/26 - Tourist Day
Wednesday 9/27 - PJ Day
Thursday 9/28 - Trick or Treat Day (must be able to see face)
Friday 9/29 - Blue & Gold Day
Other Events:Parade is Thursday 9/28 at 6:30 at Highland Lake Beach to Stevens Brook Elementary with bonfire at 7:00 and back to high school for gym decorating until 10:30 PM
Pep Rally will be Friday at 12:50 in the gym
Dance is Saturday, September 30 from 7 - 10 PMT
Faculty Council will meet from 2:15 to 3:30, to hammer out action steps for the initiatives listed on the Vision and Growth Plan.
It will be a busy and fun week--everyone, have a great one!
A. Erik Good
Lake Region High School
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Proficiency Based Learning
4 months ago
Transforming to Proficiency: Element 1
Standards and Indicators
What are graduation standards and performance indicators?
Graduation standards reflect the broad, integrated concepts of each discipline and require students to demonstrate, apply, and evaluate knowledge in multiple ways—what we refer to as “transfer.” Performance indicators break down the more comprehensive graduation standards into learnable and measurable targets. They target knowledge applications from classroom assignments, projects, and assessments over a range of courses and throughout a student’s high school years. Over time, Demonstration Tasks on performance indicators are used to certify achievement of a graduation standard.You can see samples of the relationship between standards, performance indicators, and learning targets here.
Why are graduation standards and performance indicators important?
What supports and resources will help to create and house the identification of standards and performance indicators?
For a broad overview of the work entailed in developing standards and performance indicators, you can check out this webinar:
Additionally, these resources will support the process of developing standards and performance indicators:
And, these resources represent the existing bank of standards and performance indicators from which you can draw:
Once identified, standards and performance indicators will be uploaded to the platforms we use to document curriculum and instruction and to report grades. Right now, that list includes Infinite Campus, Rubicon Atlas, and Schoology.
If I wanted to learn more about this, what other learning opportunities could I look for to deepen my understanding?
The Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org) and the League of Innovative Schools (LIS) member site at the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (lis.newenglandssc.org; username: lakeregionme; password: nessc1) have tons of resources available on every aspect of Proficiency Based Learning.
To better grasp the context, meaning, and implications of content area standards, there are any number of workshops and conferences devoted to disseminating and unpacking those standards. The standards websites listed above may contain links to those learning opportunities; so too will the websites and publications for the content area professional associations.
And, of course, many schools in Maine are doing this work. You can always check out the websites of other schools and districts in the area, and from the list of schools on the LIS website, for examples of how others have identified their standards and indicators.