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  1. page Use of Data edited ... Data Driven Decision Making Schools can be so much more effective when they use data: data ab…
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    Data Driven Decision Making
    Schools can be so much more effective when they use data: data about what students are learning and how well they are doing. This is especially valuable in schools where the curriculum is delivered through project-based learning. When you're doing projects, Educators know the power of formative assessment - feedback. The more students get, the better they learn. But collecting data in a meaningful way can be time consuming and difficult for teachers.
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    Technology infusion throughout the program provides sophisticated multimedia and communication tools for projects, a system for archiving student work, an online learning portal, simplifying the process of tracking each individual student’s progress. Student work is documented and archived as artifacts and evidence of learning so that it can be analyzed by teachers and staff to determine the degree to which learning is demonstrated and mastery achieved. A student learning management system helps staff monitor students as they address and master state standards and the curriculum of the school district. Teaching staff use data to analyze each student’s acquired skills, understandings and curricular needs to ensure a complete education for all.
    {http://bp2.blogger.com/_I9QtvzCffHI/ReztmEtstjI/AAAAAAAAAAc/lF-rkzsWDkk/s320/SWN_ClassroomObservation.jpg} Part of Data Driven Decision Making (and positive pressure and support) is knowing where your teachers are in terms of implementing the teacher practices. We figured that if we had a teacher observation form we could use it to collect objective data on to what degree teachers were implementing the desired practices. Having a collection of observations from throughout the school over the course of a day or so would give a snap shot of where the school was. Having a series of observations for single teacher over time will help track a teacher's strengths and challenges.
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    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
    The Schools We Need Project is a joint project of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington
    and ResulTech Educational Services
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  2. page Phased Implementation edited ... Because some students need more than direct instruction. The Schools We Need Project is a joi…
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    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
    The Schools We Need Project is a joint project of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington
    and ResulTech Educational Services
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  3. page ProfDev edited ... But breaking conventions, developing a school program designed to apply and contextualize lear…
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    But breaking conventions, developing a school program designed to apply and contextualize learning while creating an engaging and meaningful learning environment, is more complex. A school with an innovative program must focus its professional development on helping teachers navigate a paradigm shift as they move from conventional practice to more innovative methods. This work requires more than informational workshops.
    Teachers need good models, both the kind they can observe (videos or classroom observations), and the kind they can try out (model units/lessons). They need coaching and support. They need access to the right resources. And they need strong leadership that clearly expects this work and backs it up with how they supervise and evaluate teachers.
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    New workshops and institutes will be developed and offered based on the expressed needs of teachers at the school. Given the inevitable turnover among teachers, the opportunity to constantly improve and refine practice and the requirement to check and refine progress, staff development should not be a narrowly defined activity.
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    Teachers will then develop their own project-based or problem-based real world learning units. This is vital if projects are to be responsive to the needs of students, teachers, and the community, and to the ever-changing world of business, industry, and higher education. Teachers will work closely with students, parents, and community members to create the real and ever-evolving curriculum of the school. Project-based and problem-based units, rich in content from the District curriculum documents, will be strongly linked to the community and lives of the students.
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    Developing Teacher Leaders
    For the most accomplished of the teachers, we provide curriculum development, speaking, training, and demonstration opportunities through which these teachers can help other teachers. Not unlike the real world project-based/problem-based focus on demonstrating competence, these opportunities will give successful teachers the ability to be recognized as the professionals they are. These opportunities may be within the District, through neighboring districts, or through national conferences or other avenues.
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    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
    The Schools We Need Project is a joint project of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington
    and ResulTech Educational Services
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  4. page Online Learning Portal edited Learning Management System “Portal” ResulTech The Citadel Group schools' educational Project…

    Learning Management System “Portal”
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    Project Foundry - Learning Management System (LMS): Our students will earn credit through "hours logged" and "standards met" instead of traditional seat time in courses. How do you manage that kind of learning? With a powerful, online tool called Project Foundry.
    Building on the strengths of student-centered project-based learning, Project Foundry™ was developed to engage students and dramatically reduce the amount the paperwork traditionally associated with this highly effective learning model. Students record daily journals, log project hours and complete various assessments and rubrics. In a matter of one click, Teachers can quickly discern what a student is working on, the ways he/she can help the student along as well as how well the student is progressing towards his/her academic goals. By aligning every student project with school learning standards, a school can quickly and easily see not only how a student is progressing towards graduation, but also, know how well the student accomplished the standards.
    The Academy School@44 actually has two "instances" of Project Foundry: one for teachers to work with their students, and the other for the Educational Program Team to work with the teachers.
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    These curriculum and learning resources include core content areas—English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science—plus health, second languages, and other engaging electives. Resources also include a searchable streaming video learning library with more than 30,000 video clips indexed to state standards.
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    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
    The Schools We Need Project is a joint project of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington
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  5. page Real World Learning edited ... Good educators have always known that schools need to balance the steak and the sizzle. School…
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    Good educators have always known that schools need to balance the steak and the sizzle. Schools are pretty good about the "steak" and have a good handle on curriculum. But, traditionally schools haven't been as good at the sizzle. Many students need the sizzle in order to get to the steak. This section contains information about project-based learning, curriculum organized by career clusters, and plans for engaging projects.
    The separate subjects are still taught, just not as separate classes. Students learn important, standards-based content through the hands-on, project-based work that they do. Instead of test and quizzes, their work becomes the evidence of the learning. There is still lecture and reading, but only in support of learning by doing and working on the projects. Projects come first, then the occasional lecture, reading, or computer-based instruction, as needed to complete the project.
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    Real world learning is new to many teachers, and those teachers often find it helpful when the real world learning program is phased into implementation. Real world learning also requires a more flexible way to award credit and manage grade promotion than traditional courses.
    Components of Real World Learning
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    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
    The Schools We Need Project is a joint project of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington
    and ResulTech Educational Services
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  6. page CareerClusters edited ... Homeland Security Each career cluster typically serves multiage students. Throughout their te…
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    Homeland Security
    Each career cluster typically serves multiage students. Throughout their tenure at SWN schools, students will rotate through each of the four career clusters.
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    The Schools We Need Project
    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
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  7. page Partnership edited ... The Citadel Group and the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning The Schools We Need Pr…
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    The Citadel Group and the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning
    The Schools We Need Project is a partnership between The Citadel Group and the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning (McMEL).
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    Pat Wright, President of Educational Services for The Citadel Group, has been a teacher, high school principal, and executive in the cable industry. Most importantlt, Pat created the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) an award winning Project Based Learning high school in Fresno, CA. CART was recognized in 2005 by the US Department of Education as an exemplary high school based upon 6 years of outstanding student achievement.
    {McMEL_logo3.jpg} McMEL, a center at the University of Maine at Farmington, is dedicated to helping teachers find ways to motivate and engage every learner. McMEL both disseminates information on motivating underachievers, and learning and teaching with technology (especially 1to1 learning with laptop initiatives), and works with partners to design and implement engaging educational programs.
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  9. page CareerClusters edited Career Clusters ResulTech Citadel Group schools, such Professional Science Biomedicine ..…

    Career Clusters
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    Because some students need more than direct instruction.
    The Schools We Need Project is a joint project of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning at the University of Maine at Farmington
    and ResulTech Educational Services
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