Race to the Top news
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In November 2010, 21 area school districts pooled $3 million in federal Race To The Top grants to form the Capital Region Network Team, an unprecedented regional collaborative charged with raising student achievement. Members of the Network Team An Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the participating districts, run the Network, deciding what support it needs (in terms of training and staffing), what direction it will take and how to use the pooled funds.
Districts participating in
City School District of Albany
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Access an evolving, collaborative
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Below, find Race To The Top news and information shared with members of the Capital Region Network Team. The latest update is listed under each subject heading. Click "Archives" for additional news in that subject area.
The Learning Registry
The power of the Internet in teachers' hands
From U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan:
"After much hard work, a diverse group of collaborators has created
a tool that will make it much easier for teachers to have access to
learning materials that will help them do their jobs."
Visit The Learning Registry
Inquiry teams: what you need to know
Instructional services offers trainings to get districts started
As part of the Federal Race To The Top initiative, each building in a school district is required to form an inquiry team — a group of teachers and building principals charged with analyzing data, identifying student achievement gaps, and formulating steps to close those gaps. Full Story
Help with Common Core Learning Standards
Instructional Services coaches offer
opportunities, individual coaching, and intensive training to districts
For school districts across the Capital Region and New York State, the transition to the Common Core Learning Standards as part of the federal Race To The Top initiative will be one of the most challenging undertakings since No Child Left Behind. This year will be especially intense, as 12 "shifts" in curriculum and instruction are required to be completed by the end of the school year. Full Story
This year’s Regents Review 2.0 will soon be available! This comprehensive TV and web-based test-prep series is designed for high school students studying for the June 2011 Regents exams. The series features one-hour, in depth review programs on 14 different subjects – one program each for the specific NYS curriculum areas tested annually through Regents exams. The shows will begin airing in early may on all nine NYS Public Television stations. http://www.regentsreviewlive.net/
The Office of State Assessment has released the following
resources that relate to the Grades 3-8 Testing Program:
• Memo: Update on Grades 3–8 Elementary and Intermediate Level Testing for the 2010–11 School Year (PDF 61 KB)
• 2011 Scoring Site Operations Manual (SSOM) (PDF 1.34 MB)
• 2011 ELA Scoring Leader Handbook, Grades 3-8 (PDF 272 KB)
• 2011 English Language Arts Tests Teachers Directions, Grades 3, 4, and 5 (PDF 266 KB)
• 2011 English Language Arts Tests Teachers Directions, Grades 6, 7, and 8 (PDF 281 KB)
McKenna, DiCaprio report on ESR pilot process
A special thank you to Lori McKenna, Director of Federal and State Grants, and Joe DiCaprio, Principal at Pleasant Valley CSD representing Schenectady City Schools, for reporting on the pilot they undertook with the Educational Systems Review (ESR) process at the past RttT meeting.
McKenna described the administrative function on coordinating the implementation and the importance of the comprehensive planning in a district. DiCaprio described the building process and the positive impact. He spoke of the process the team went though to look deeply into their building, their leadership, teaching and learning, the use of data, resources and climate to develop a plan that was meaningful to the building. He expounded on the engagement and ownership of all staff, parents and community members and then detailed the action steps they will be pursuing for their students.
They reported the ESR proved to be a tool that got to the core issues and their root causes. Their candid review illustrated the potential of looking at the educational system in all buildings.
Thank you, Schenectady City Schools for your willingness, and to Lori and Joe for your great work!
The Education Department issued a statement yesterday on the appeal of the APPR court ruling. You can read it here
The Education Department has also issued new guidance, dated
September 13, 2011, on APPR, in conjunction with
View the updated guidance on APPR here
There are two different documents for your review.
First, the document entitled “Guidance to the Field on Teacher and Principal Annual Professional Performance Review” has a detailed questions and answer section beginning on page 72, discussing how the recent court ruling impacts APPR. Please review these pages specifically.
The Department’s guidance on how to proceed in light of the legal challenge to the regulation is that “school districts and BOCES should complete the negotiations needed to implement the new APPR system, assuming the provisions declared invalid are not in effect.” (SED APPR Guidance, R3., page 73, updated 9/13/11). We understand that this guidance is not as definitive as one would hope.
Second, the document entitled “Summary of the Provisions in the Regulations” updates what is commonly referred to as the “green sheet”. Please review these updated tables specifically.
New Report: Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
The Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project have published Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. The framework, written by college and high school faculty, describes the rhetorical and twenty-first-century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success. http://wpacouncil.org/framework