Stout Middle School and Salina Intermediate successfully kicked off the school year with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Come check out the bulletin board in the lobby of ASC with student testimonials on how AVID is already impacting their learning.
Two of our Language and Literacy schools, Salina Elmentary and Geer Park, worked collaboratively in grade level teams with Amy Markos (National L&L trainer) and Nadra Shami (District L&L trainer) last week to plan for instruction with the standards in mind. From understanding how the ELA and Math CCSS standards are structured to the pacing out of instruction, the staff at both Salina and Geer are taking a standards-based approach to teaching and learning.
The EL Department’s district staff launched the year with their first workshop/meeting with resource staff. Every building has a bilingual resource teacher to support the needs of English learners (ELs) and staff working with ELs.
Resource Teachers interactively developed norms for all 2015-16 meetings.