School Improvement Update

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through the year, but here we are! It seems like just yesterday we were about to start a new school year, and I was about to start this new position, and I honestly didn’t quite know what to expect. The School Improvement Coordinators had some excellent training and planning meetings this past summer to get us geared up for work in our new capacities, but I don’t think I was alone in feeling a little uncertain as to how everything would work in practice.

Now, as the weather turns chilly, I feel more confident in my role, but have also come to understand that that role may change depending on the needs of students and staff.

I will admit, I haven’t been able to spend as much time working with teachers in their classrooms as I had hoped, but I think that will begin to change very soon. Much of this first part of the year has been spent setting the groundwork for a variety of systems, applications, and processes that won’t require as much of my attention from now on.

Although at this point I am disappointed that I haven’t been able to collaborate with other staff as much as I’d hoped, I am proud of the work and learning I’ve done thus far. As much of that work has been sort of “behind the scenes,” I thought I’d highlight some of what I’ve been doing so far this year. Of course it doesn’t capture all that I’ve worked on this year, but the following list should provide some insight into how I’ve been working on school improvement:

  • Aided in implementation, maintenance, and administration of universal screeners for math and reading in grades 5-8
  • Creation and maintenance of the VMS Staff Portal
  • Maintenance of VMS Scheduler resources
  • Collaborative work with 7th grade Literacy on a digital trading card project
    • Unfortunately, not as successful as we’d hoped due to some limitations in the tool we used – but a good learning experience regardless!
  • Collaboration with 8th grade Literacy in Memoir Unit
  • Collaborative creation of resources and structure for Vernon’s new blended learning class, Personalized Learning
  • Oversight of Vernon’s student news YouTube show, KVMS
  • Tech Support for teachers at VMS
  • Research and trial of potential products and services for use at VMS:
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Research and Review:
  • Professional Development:
    • PLC Institute; Minneapolis, MN
    • iTech Conference; Des Moines, IA
    • Technology Coaching Course; GWAEA
    • iPad U; GWAEA
    • Functioning as a High Performing Team; Steve Ventura @ GWAEA
    • High Impact Instruction; Jim Knight @ GWAEA