Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets provide an extensive professional development program that will create a monthly cycle of planning, instruction, observation, and analysis. Our focus for professional development for 2014-2015 is a deeper implementation of the Common Core State Standards and collaborative planning using the Linked Learning framework. See Ms. Lesure, Instructional Specialist, for more information on our PD. The professional development (PD) goals:
- The collaborative development and implementation of thematically-aligned curricula and common formative assessments
- Peer observations/feedback to gauge fidelity of implementation and to refine instructional practices
- The use of assessment data to guide interventions and curricular modifications
Common Core Standards
The state of California has recently agreed to implement national "Common Core" standards, beginning in the 2013-14 school year. In preparation for that transition, various PD opportunities will be made available to teachers. Our teachers are in full implementation of the Common Core Standards and will continue developing instruction with those standards being the center. For a preview of the assessments associated with the new standards, please review this PowerPoint presentation, developed by Deputy Superintendent Jaime Aquino.
Linked Learning prepares students for college and career success by providing a transformative high school experience where students are engaged through linked college-prep academic classes, high-quality technical education classes, and real-world experiences that prepare them for college and career success. In classes and internships, students work with professionals in their career pathways. Students are active learners, working collaboratively on projects developed from the interfacing of their academic and career pathway standards, to solve problems and present solutions. Personalized support services, including counseling and supplemental instruction, are provided to ensure students are successful in this work.