Meeting 12-20-11

Attendees: Boyd, Cook, Ebeling, Flanagan, Graz, Ladson, Slowneski, Stanley, Laura Woods, Lonze, and Bartlett

Support Teacher compared Teaching
Own Their Learning
  • More projects
  • College initiative
  • Seminar career skills
21st Century Skills
Moral of the Story
  • Some of us enjoy the traditional model with tweakes in class size
  • Some of us would like to see a change in curriculum with standards based grades and students’ class size varies based on objectives

Face to Face
Set time where students report
  • Group of students at sometime
  • Individualized learning
  • Different for each type
Keep traditional
  • However, we could possibly work more
  • Flex time which allows smaller classroom
  • The need for more hands on: Creating connections
  • All students need to be involved in something
  • Community involvement
  • Timeframe
All teachers should have an active online class
Focused on Student Learning
  • Attendance is an issue
  • What can be done for these students?
  • Should the alternative school be autonomous or authoritative?
  • Can a checklist of skills be effective?
  • Mastery Learning
  • Different breed of thinking
Face to Face
Students need to be responsible for their own learning
  • Let’s reframe what learning looks like; learning isn’t passive
Flexible scheduling
  • More time (smaller groups) with kids who need it
  • Less time with kids who do not
Open up time for kids passions/vocational abilities
  • Get them through “requirements” in a more meaningful way
  • Moving kids in and out of classes at their own pace or they meet course objectives
Teacher role shifting more to facilitator
Changing 4th year –college exp/co-op (intern/extern), ind. study specialized to kids’ interests
“Rich tasks” (higher order thinking) / Project-based learning?
Blend of Face to Face with online aspect to provide some of instruction
More time with small groups that need it
21st Century Skills
  • Collaboration among departments
  • Showing kids connections between content/departments

Meeting 1/24/12
Name Suggestions

Face to Face

Customized Learning Environment (CLE)

Individualized learning:
Sub group

Different for each type:
Of what?

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Flex/Time which allows smaller clssrms:


Has to exist with

Group of students @ sometime:
Expand (what/when)

Totally symbiotic

Overarching statement:
Deliberate infrastructure thru flex/time creates true individualized learning

2 most important pts:
Scheduling will look different

Differentiation will happen when students are flexibly grouped

Flexible Scheduling
(Cohort Model-Students travel as a group to a teacher who is the expert in a content standars)

Overarching Statement:
Customized opportunities for learning

Two Most Important Points:
Get them thru "requirements" in a more meaningful way

Focused small group instruction

More time(sml grps) w/kids who need it:
Redesign seminar for individualized and small group work

Get them thru "req"in a more mean way:
(context standards)

Moving kids in/out of classes @ their own

pace or they meet course objectives:

Senior focused:

Changing 4th yr-college exp/coop, intern/

extern, ind. Study, specialized to kids'

placements difficult to find

Open up time for kids' passion/vocational

Only academic; must start freshman yr (articles prove this)

College initiative:

Concerns Moving Forward

Focused on Student Learning

How will we fund this?

Overarching Statement:
Mastery of skills thru small group learning

How much would we be working with?

2 Most important pts:
More time w/small groups that need it

What does the community think about this plan?

Checklist of skills for mastery learning

All members not just involved parents

Are they supportive?

Can a checklist of skills be effective:
A checklist of skills CAN be effective

The success or failure of this is TOTALLY

Different breed of thinking:
Different breed of THINKERS

dependent upon HOW we organize this

Please do it well….Infrastructure is key

Seminar career skills:
Mentoring "interest groups"

Doesn't have to be just academic

Accountability----who is responsible for a

Career cuising-isn't it happening?

student that is not in front of a teacher?\

Own their learning:
$ to reach mastery

Scheduling w/flexibility

21st Century Skills

Overarching statement:

Learning becomes student driven,

student paced, & real world connected

2 Most Important Pts:

Teacher to facilitator

Small groups (real world)

Some of us would like to see a chanage in

What does this mean?

curriculum w/standards based grades &

students' class size varies based on objectives:


Collaboration among depts

Showing kids connections betw content/depts

The need for more hands on Creative Connection:

"Real World" Creating connections

Community involvement:

Who? Kids/business?


Better as part of flexible scheduling

Meeting 2-21-12

  1. Time for training!
  2. Afraid it will remove creativity from teaching.
  3. What does the structure of the school year look like?
  4. How will we manage all the kids working at different places at different times? Won’t that eliminate the truest form of interpersonal/emotional buy-in?
  1. Training!!
  2. If class sizes remain the same, what does classroom management look like?
  3. Parents need to be informed—this is a HUGE change.
  4. How do we compare data on assessments if assessments are taken at various times?
  1. Should help eliminate students falling through the cracks.
  2. Should increase student buy-in. They will feel more in control
  3. Increase student enrollment.

  1. How to grade everything.
  2. Offering multiple lab times/projects (safety and equipment)
  3. Unmotivated students
  4. Giving up control
  5. Students traveling to teacher to get labs/unsupervised travel time
  6. Flexibility in curriculum
  7. Students can move ahead of planned curriculum
  8. Makes sub plans easy (students will already know how the class should run)
  9. Choices at the student level
  10. Students can own learning

Social Studies
  1. Buy in from ALL for the long haul
  2. Admn—for their convenience & are inconsistent with what is best educ.
  3. Access to tech
  4. Parent/student buy in for the 3 academies
  5. Look like?
  6. Grading shift (i.e., what if they don’t finish?)
  7. Parents/community in loop
  8. Get to kids that are in need of additional support
  9. Mentoring—really working with kids
  10. Excited again about teaching
  11. Smaller classes

World Language
  1. Student accountability / independence
  2. How to manage students working at different places
  3. How to make students realize the amount of practice inv. with independent work
  4. Some curriculum will necessitate more f-to-f time; how can we make sure students don’t resent this?
  5. How to train [students] to be more independent, make good choices fro themselves

  1. More real world oriented—[answers] what is the point?!
Special Education
1) Where do students receiving Special Ed services fit in?????
2) Since FHS is the only high school in Michigan with a Peer to Peer program in the environment (versus a contained SE classroom) AND we are in active collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Social Work via Professor Tony Alvarez....How will we continue this very valuable and noteworthy program???