School Improvement Plan

Thomas Jefferson Junior High School

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Goal

  • Jefferson Junior High staff will successfully implement the Win Win Discipline Program as a Tier I Behavioral Intervention by the completion of the 2017-2018 school year.

     

    Jefferson Junior High staff will continue its commitment to the  phases of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework, focusing on implementing and developing the fine nuances of guided practice/instruction by the end of the school year.

     

Rationale

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    In an effort to continue to further develop and promote its commitment to the Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Framework, Jefferson Junior High will be placing a focus on the Guided Practice phase of the GRR Framework.  It is our intention to utilize this phase of instruction to meet the individual needs of learners, differentiating instruction to appropriately enrich for learners who progress quickly through a given unit of study, or to remediate learning for students who present that they are struggling with acquiring assigned skills.

     

    In order to develop a more robust universal behavioral support system, Jefferson Junior High will be implementing the Win Win Discipline Program.  This program will ensure that a common vocabulary is spoken across Jefferson Junior High in regards to student behavior.  The Win Win Discipline program will provide staff with a common language and strategies to prevent misbehavior, address misbehavior in the moment of disruption, and provide strategies for following up with students after a disruption occurs.  The program validates the position that students are in at anytime, but refuses to accept student disruption.  The premise of the program is to put student and teacher on the same side, develop collaborative solutions, and ultimately help students develop learned responsibility.

     

Success Criteria

  • It will be a successful first year of implementation of Win Win Discipline program if all staff have mastered two “in the moment of disruption” structures and two “follow up” structures.  It will also be a successful year of implementation if all staff are able to accurately utilize the vocabulary/language of the program and are successful at identifying students’ disruptions, inferring students’ positions, and manage students’ behavior with the Win Win Discipline philosophy.  We will be successful if each staff member is able to meet students’ behavioral needs by getting on the same side as the student, developing collaborative solutions, and helping students to acquire learned responsibility.  Implementation of this program will be a success if staff are evaluating their preventative procedures, “in the moment of disruption” structures, and “follow up” structures to address student behavior and meet students’ needs.  It is our hope that as a staff we begin to develop a high level of proficiency with this program and that student behavior decreases over time.

     

    It will be a successful year of implementation of Guided Practice/Instruction if staff members are analyzing students’ performance on formative assessments and utilizing this information to drive remediation and enrichment with in all sections taught.  Staff should be strategically pulling groups of students with common misconceptions in order to strategically remedy the misconceptions with prompting, cueing, questioning, and/or remodeling the skill for struggling learners. Staff should be working in collaboration with their data teams 3 times per week to review student performance on common formative assessments and problem solving how to differentiate instruction to meet all students’ needs by answering the questions: What do we expect students to know?  How will we know if they know it?  What do we do for students who don’t understand?  What do we do for students who already know it?

     

Activities/Strategies

    • In order to help educate our staff in regards to the Win Win Discipline philosophy, teach the vocabulary used in the program, and give staff the needed tools/structures in the program, staff will participate in a two-day workshop led by the Kagan Professional Development Company and led by Jeff Dane, one of company’s lead trainers and developers of the program.
    • Staff will receive ongoing professional development during School Improvement/Institute Days and Wednesday Morning Meetings.
    • A Win Win Discipline Club has been developed to conduct a book study to practice and develop structures for “in the moment of disruption” and for following up with students.  This club also gives staff an opportunity to safely practice identifying misbehavior, inferring student position, and planning structures to implement in similar situations.
    • As far as the implementation of guided practice, Jefferson staff will be utilizing Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey’s model for guided practice, focusing on strategically utilizing prompting, cueing, questioning, and reteaching to remediate misconceptions and enrich for students who master skills ahead of schedule.
    • Professional development on the nuances of guided practice will be provided to staff during inservice days and during Wednesday morning meetings.
    • Leslie Loboda, JJH Instructional Coach, will be providing weekly professional development to data teams each Monday to best meet their needs in implementing this phase of the instructional framework.
    • Teachers will be supported through regular classroom walk-throughs, instructional coaching cycles, and monthly microteaching sessions.