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Instructional Foci 2019-20

Teachers will use culturally responsive strategies that value all learners’ backgrounds, identities and abilities and provide access to high achievement for historically disadvantaged and marginalized student populations by: 

  • Using curricula and pedagogy that academically challenge all students through a lens of equity and honors and reflects the diversity in our student body 
  • Building strong relationships with students by seeking to understand and celebrate their identities
  • Developing restorative approaches to discipline and classroom management and create emotionally safe spaces
  • Examining one’s own personal beliefs and interrupting implicit bias
  • Leading and participating in school activities that promote a positive and college-going culture

Instructional Focus 2018-19

Teachers will use writing strategies across all subject areas to deepen their understanding of content and check students’ comprehension by

  • Planning language objectives
  • Teaching sentence expansion techniques
  • Increasing vocabulary knowledge
  • Providing feedback for effective revision
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Instructional Focus 2017-18

Teachers will increase opportunities for student-to-student interaction by:

  • increasing the frequency of student-centered discussion
  • employing flexible grouping strategies
  • giving students access to tools and technologies that foster collaboration (e.g., Google Docs, Google Classroom)
 

Instructional Focus 2016-17

Teachers will help students build knowledge in the content areas by increasing student access to complex texts across the curriculum using a variety of strategies including

  • close reading
  • explicit teaching of academic vocabulary and language objectives
interdisciplinary connections through content, texts and vocabulary