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									           The Vision
   Small Learning Communities




Larry Tibbs
Brennon Sapp
Thad Dusing
                       ”The Vision” Video
Our Journey to SOS
• District Leadership Initiated Discussions
    – Bill Daggett (Successful Practices Network)
    – The World is Flat - Thomas Friedman
•   Freshman Academy
•   Establish a Vision Team (School Level)
•   School/Site Visits
•   Conferences
•   Building Ownership within the School
•   Preparing for Implementation
•   Spreading the Word (Public Relations)
•   Curriculum Development
•   Establishing Business Partnership
•   What’s next?
District Leadership Initiated Discussions
• Rigor, Relevance, & Relationships
• Many students
  – Unmotivated
  – Unprepared for the next level of life,
    college, work force or vocational
• 15% of students successful in college
• How can we reinvent high school to
  – Motivate all students
  – Make high school more relevant
  – Make high school more rigorous
  – Involve the community/business
Our Schools
  of Study
                                             The School of

         Visual/Performing Arts and
                      Media (VPAM)

Characteristics:                Jobs:
  –   complicated                 –     composer
                                  –     musician
  –   emotional
                    Abilities     –     stage director
  –   expressive     writing      –     writer
  –   idealistic     musical      –     interior decorator
  –   imaginative    artistic     –     actor/actress
  –   impulsive                   –     event coordinator
  –   independent                 –     reporter
                                  –     artist
  –   introspective
                                  –     photographer
  –   intuitive                   –     advertisement
  –   nonconforming                     executive
The School of

Science, Technology, Engineering
         & Math (STEM)
Characteristics:             Jobs:
                                 –   mechanic
    – analytical
                                 –   aircraft controller
    – cautious Abilities         –   surveyor
    – complex mechanical         –   farmer
    – critical     mathematic
                                 –   electrician
                    scientific
    – curious                    –   biologist
    – Intellectual               –   chemist
    – introverted,               –   physicist
    – methodical                 –   anthropologist
    – precise                    –   geologist
    – rational                   –   med tech
                    The School of
      Law, Education, Health & Human
                     Services (LEHH)
Characteristics:              Jobs:
   cooperative                        teacher
   generous                           religious worker
   helpful
                Abilities              counselor
                   social              psychologist
   idealistic    verbal               social worker
   patient      emotional             speech therapist
   responsible                        police officer
   social                             lawyer
   sympathetic                        nurse
                                       nutritionist
   understanding
                                       physical therapist
   warm                               sociologist
                             (BIT)
                      The School of

  Business & Information Technology
Characteristics:                 Jobs:
   acquisitive                          salesperson
   adventurous                          manager
                                         business executive
   agreeable       Abilities            television producer
   ambitious       leadership           sports promoter
   extroverted      speaking            buyer
                      clerical
   energetic                            bookkeeper
   attention-getting                    stenographer
   impulsive                            financial analyst
                                         banker
   optimistic
                                         cost estimator
   popular                              tax expert
   self-confident
Freshman Academy

• Team approach
• Most critical year
• Various support programs
• Used as a vehicle to introduce
  students to the Schools of Study
  (Decision point)
• Freshman Coordinator and a
  Freshman Administrator
• Pathways (Advisory)
Establish a Vision Team

• A group to trail blaze the path to the
  New Dixie Heights High School
  – Professional development
  – Time line/steps
  – Advocates for change
• Hand Picked Committee (12)
  – Teacher leaders
  – Representative group
  – Visionaries
School/Site Visits
• South Grand Prairie (TX) sgphs.gpisd.org
• Kennesaw Mountain (GA)
 www.cobb.k12.ga.us/~kennesawmountain
• Pulaski County (KY)
 www.pcva.us/schools/pchs/index.html

Conferences
• Model Schools Conference
  – Nashville
  – Washington DC
• National Career Academy Coalition
Building Ownership

• Sharing of “The Why”

• Sharing of “The How”

• Site Visits (yes we took teachers)

• Job imbedded Professional
  Development
Preparing for Implementation
• Professional Development
  – Two day/district wide
  – Team of 18 teacher from South Grand
    Prairie
  – KDE Support Staff
  – Business Partners
• Arrangement of the Building
• Teacher Driven Change
  – Surveys
  – School of Study Assignments
  – School of Study Development
Spreading the Word
• “The Vision” – Promotional Video
• School of Study
  – Websites
  – Brochures                   •   SOS Sample Videos

  – Videos
  – Parent Information Nights
• To Students
  – Surveys
  – Videos
  – Freshman Academy (lessons, advisory,
    and posters)
Curriculum Development
• Model Lessons

• Flavoring of Core Content Classes
  (Relevancy)

• Collaborative Lessons

• Business/Community Involvement

• Development of New Electives
Science Then
• Three Required Classes
  – Biology (1 credit-freshman)
  – Earth/Space Science (1 credit)
  – Integrated Science (1 credit)
• Electives
  – Chemistry (1 credit)
  – Anatomy & Physiology (1 credit)
  – Physics (1 credit)
  – Environmental Science (1 credit)
  – AP Chemistry (2 credits)
  – AP Biology (2 credits)
                                   Science Now
Three and a Half Required Classes
•   Scientific Investigations (1/2 credit-freshman)
•   Life Science (1/2 credit)
•   Earth/Space Science (1/2 credit)
•   Physical Science (1/2 credit)
•   1½ credits to be spread out in electives
Electives (all ½ credit, save AP Classes)
    –   Chemistry A & B          –          Medical Science
    –   Anatomy A & B            –          Radio Technology
    –   Physics A & B            –          Horticulture
    –   Environmental Science    –          Geology
    –   Forensics                –          Meteorology
    –   Zoology                  –          Anatomy for Artist
    –   Astronomy                –          AP Chemistry
    –   Chemistry & Community    –          AP Biology
    –   Oceanography/Marin Biology
Establishing Business Partnership


• Business Partnership Receptions

• Business Partner Liaison

• Externships

• Business Panels
What’s Next?
• Trimesters

• Scheduling

• Continued Professional Development

• Continued Curriculum Development

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     Questions?

   www.dixie.kenton.kyschools.us
www.bsapp.com/Schools_of_Study.htm

								
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