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School Learning Plan

Vose Elementary School

Our Story:

Vose School was built in the year 1960. It was the first school in the Pacific Northwest that was constructed in a circular shape. Vose currently houses students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth. At present there are approximately over 700 students enrolled at Vose.

In the 2017-18 school year, we welcomed our staff, community and students into a brand-new, eco-friendly school building and campus in the original location. Our school community loves our new building and is proud to be designated a community evacuation point due to the earthquake readiness construction and central location. We are also proud of the modern design, recycled materials and innovative and sustainable practices that were used during the building’s construction. Our status as a STEAM school is a source of pride as well.

This one of the last pictures of the 1961 Vose, in spring 2016.
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Our reflection on our potential school priorities has involved utilizing the ORIS Framework, student, staff and parent surveys as well as discussions, classroom observations and meetings with staff, community members and parents in the spring and fall. We have also reviewed student achievement and assessment data to determine what students need within our school through our needs assessment culminating last spring in our decision to implement a schoolwide collaborative co-teaching model. We worked from December - May last year with a team of 15 certified and classified staff to research best practices, conduct school visits, and analyzed past and current data regarding our learning progress for our English language learners. Through collaborative efforts with our entire staff, we determined a collaborative co-teaching model would be implemented schoolwide starting this school year.

Our outreach and community gatherings have informed us that we need to continue to expand our efforts to include, engage and support our diverse family and broader community. Our current efforts have increased family support and involvement but we feel we can continue to improve.

Vose Elementary School currently has two strands of instruction. One is Dual Language (DL) immersion in Spanish, the other is English Only (EO). This year (2019-20 school year) we are continuing to expand our DL program to include 3 classrooms in each grade level in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. We have two classes per grade level in 3rd-5th for dual language. There are two classes of English-Only in grades K-5th. In both DL and EO classrooms, we use the workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Focus on knowing the students as a learner, reader, and mathematician continues to be a primary focus for designing and implementing instruction. Use of the IRLA/ENIL for reading provides specific guidance on where the students are as readers and what strategies need more refinement. In writing, authentic published writing and continual daily practice provides us with a roadmap for instruction. In math, we use math congress, Fosnot strategy landscapes, and continual use of the eight mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting the individual learners. Each of these areas necessitates conferring to set up individual goals, and strategic grouping during work time to link instruction to need.

At Vose we are moving to full-implementation this year of the co-teaching ELD model and high levels of collaboration to ensure that students are not pulled out of instruction with their age alike peers. To best accomplish this, every classroom has their classroom teacher as well as a highly qualified co-teacher who is ELD licensed and in the classroom for a minimum of 45 minutes every day. The classroom teacher and the co-teacher collaborate daily to create specialized instruction with an emphasis on literacy. We have built a school schedule that supports this time, as well as 45 minutes every 7 school days for each grade level team to collaborate with their ELD co-teacher. We would like to continue to support these efforts with PD, coaching and support as we monitor and adjust the implementation.

Equity

Equity Area of focus:

Communication systems in place to develop and sustain active and engaging relationships among educators, families and stakeholders

Equity Goal:

All parents/guardians will have access through email to all district and school communications, surveys and input-gathering systems as well as online apps that help connect and inform them around their students’ learning and progress at school (including SeeSaw, DreamBox, etc.)

Community Partnership Team’s goals and focus will align with our school equity, academic and collaborative goals.

Key Strategies:

1. Create and implement outreach efforts and events to provide opportunities for parents/guardians to sign up for emails, get instruction on apps to connect to teachers and staff

2. Develop and expand Community Partnership Team to represent and support the collaborative interests of the school’s goals and areas of focus

3. Provide interpreters and childcare as well bilingual flyers and emails for all parent meetings, community events, PTO meetings, etc.

 

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence area of focus:

Knowing the students as learners using multiple assessments for all academic areas to create individualized pathways to improvement within the workshop model, as we work to add in STEAM and inquiry methods.

Academic excellence Goal:

All students will make growth in all academic areas.

Students enrolled in Dual Language will increase language (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) skills in both languages.

Key Strategies:

1. Alignment of consistent implementation of literacy, writing and math instructional supports K-5th

2. Conferring with students within the workshop model in math, reading, and writing will establish individualized goals and direct instruction opportunities “in the moment.”

3. Formative assessments will help create strategic grouping within the workshop model and identify key strategies for small group instruction

4. Consistent feedback cycles between administrators and teachers focused on consistent curriculum implementation through a lens of equity

5. Strict adherence to a Dual Language program that starts with 90% of their day in Spanish in kindergarten to 50% by fifth grade.

6. Align and increase the influence of pre-K early student success through implementation of inquiry methods into K-5th through our partnership and pilot with the Children’s Institute

Collaboration

Collaboration Area of Focus:

Teachers share responsibility for all students. Classroom teachers have a team of teachers to collaborate plan, refine, and reflect on instructional practices.

Collaboration Goal:

All teachers will refine practices to impact student results through implementing a collaborative co-teaching ELD model schoolwide

Key Strategies:

1. All classroom teachers will have a high quality co-teacher for 45 minutes daily.

2. All student data  is reviewed with team of practitioners to engage in reflective dialogue and modify instructional practices including interventions.

3. Practices within the classroom will be “de-privatized” through the use of peer observation, peer coaching, and PD aligned to impactful instructional strategies

4. Frequent coaching, consulting, and support provided to all certified staff both by peers and administration

Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019


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