Rapides Parish District Visit January 19-‐20, 2012
Table of Contents
Page 1 Agenda Page 2 Contact information Page 3 District Overview Page 4 Partnership Overview Page 5 Implementation Evaluation Plan Page 6 Professional Development Overview
Thursday, January 19, 2012
9:00 -‐11:00 Observe Administrator Academy Session II 11:00 -‐12:30 Lunch with Carol Passmore at Verona’s (address) 12:30 -‐ 2:30 Classroom Visits Friday, January 20, 2012 9:00 – 11:30 Observe Challenge Based Learning Session
Contact Information Contact: Carol Passmore Title: Director of Rapides Foundation Grants Office: 318-‐447-‐3900/318-‐449-‐3140 Cell: 318-‐253-‐7015 Email: Carol.Passmore@rpsb.us Shipping Address: 502 Beauregard Street Alexandria, LA 71309 Discovery Partnership Contact: Carol Wetzel Office: 240-‐662-‐2997 Email: Carol_Wetzel@discovery.com Discovery PD Lead Contact: Sarah Johangiry Cell: 714-‐653-‐8405 Email: Sarah_Johangiry@discovery.com Discovery Specialist: Emily Murn Office: 312-‐739-‐5369 Email: Emily_Murn@discovery.com
Alexandria, LA Overview Located in the heart of Louisiana, Alexandria is quickly emerging as one of the nation's best places to start a business, raise a family, and explore the great outdoors. It is a national leader in new and expanded business development and was recently named one of the twenty best cities in the country to find a job. National Geographic Traveler ranks Alexandria as one of America's top ten "wilderness towns" because of its incredible access to the one of the country's most beautiful and expansive national forests.
Central Louisiana has become known as "The Crossroads," a place where all of Louisiana comes together -‐ from culture to food and music. With a population of over 46,342, Alexandria continues to grow in every sector of our society. Today, the city and the area have changed. Cleco, Procter and Gamble, Union Tank Car, and Dresser Valve Works are just a few of the large corporations that have chosen to call Central Louisiana home. The Red River is now navigable thanks to the Red River Waterway Project. Central Louisianas work in several industrial sectors, with the largest being education, health and social services, followed by retail. Closely trailing behind retail are construction, manufacturing, public administration and the arts, entertainment, recreation and hospitality sector. Timber and Forestry products remain the #1 crop for this area. Cotton, Sugar Cane, Sweet Potatoes, Corn, and Soy Beans are also being farmed.
Rapides Parish District Overview
51 Schools 1,571 Teachers 24,046 Students 63% Free and Reduced Lunch
47% Minority Students 93% Attendance Rate 9% In-‐School Suspension Rate 8% Out-‐of-‐School Suspension Rate 88% of Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers (2009-‐2010) $9,007 Current Per Pupil Expenditures
Spring 2011 LEAP Results
(January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011) for 51 School Sites Last Year
16000 14000 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 January February March
Schools with Highest Usage
August September October November December
Alexandria Middle Magnet School Hadnot-Hayes Elementary School Martin Park Elementary School Northwood High School James I Barron Elementary School Pineville Elementary School Carter C Raymond Elem School Mabel Brasher Elem School Rapides High School Poland Junior High School
Alexandria Middle Magnet School
Oak Hill Elementary School
January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011) for 13 School Sites 2500
Resource Title Critters! Atoms Building Blocks What's in a Name? Classifying Animals Cat Classification superposition The Many Faces of Mountains Same Species Different Species Family Tree
Resource Type Virtual Lab Simulation Reading Passage Simulation Interactive Video Simulation Animation Reading Passage Simulation Simulation
Usage 241 190 174 144 138 110 92 87 74 73
Overview of Partnership with Rapides Parish
For the past two years, the Discovery Education Professional Development team has been committed to a continued partnership with Rapides Parish Schools (RPS) to deliver a direct, consistent, and transformative professional development implementation plan focused on student engagement and academic achievement as well as the district’s focus on the Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning. Together we have strived to support educators as they move towards a model of facilitated learning using Discovery Education to enhance integrated inquiry based learning with rich multimedia resources and technology to provide students the opportunity to express new skills and knowledge through dynamic and meaningful ways. Professional development opportunities continue to be designed to impact: • Educator direct and differentiated Instruction • Educator content knowledge across the k-‐12 curriculum • Educator process skills and utilization of research based instructional strategies • Student engagement and academic achievement through inquiry and challenge based learning • Student engagement through the use of Web 2.0 applications to create, communicate and collaborate on projects • Opportunity for student creation of authentic projects using multimedia and technology • Opportunity to maximize the use of electronic whiteboard and other technology available to teachers and students
Rapides Parish Program Implementation Evaluation Plan
The Discovery Education professional development team is committed to consistent evaluation throughout the entire implementation of our professional development programs; fidelity of implementation is key to achieving desired results. All survey data is collected through an online survey system. Data collected will be shared with the district. All data is anonymous and used to bend and mold the training to the needs of the participants and inform both our trainers and the district of the need for additional support and or training. The following is a list of additional data that can be collected and reviewed by Rapides Parish throughout the partnership to verify efficacy of the implementation: • Rapides Parish principal classroom walkthrough data • Rapides Parish classwork artifacts: Student performance based projects • Rapides Parish benchmark, course assessments and State assessment data
Deliverables At A Glance
2010/2012 Discovery Education Professional Development Deliverables:
Administrator Academy Sessions On-‐Site Train the Trainer Sessions On-‐Site STEM Sessions On-‐Site Full day Saturday Sessions
School Visits Days of Discovery Challenge Based Learning Sessions
One (1) Administrator Academy Session School administrators will learn how educators can effectively utilize Discovery Education in the classroom to impact learning, how to locate usage data, and how the data can inform future professional development opportunities. Fifteen (15) Full Days of On-‐Site Train the Trainers Professional Development Three (3) Cadres of Train the Trainers to receive five (5) days each including: Integrating Discovery streaming, Maximizing Student Engagement, Multimedia Presentations, Digital Storytelling, Web 2.0 in the 21st Century Classroom, and 21st Century Lesson Development Five (5) Full Days of On-‐Site STEM Professional Development One (1) Science Teacher Cadre (approximately twenty-‐four (24) Science and or Math teachers). The cadre will receive five (5) on-‐site days of professional development that focuses on all aspects of the STEM initiative and 21st century lesson development. Nine (9) Full Days of On-‐site Professional Development Elementary and secondary educators to receive 2-‐5 on-‐site days of professional development during a 21st Century Skills Educator Summer Boot-‐camp Three (3) Full Days of Professional Development Elementary and secondary educators have the opportunity to attend three Saturday sessions focused on integrating Discovery streaming into core curriculum and utilizing the Student Center to differentiate instruction.
Two (2) Full Days of Integrated Professional Development Services Continued Lesson, Learning Object and Portfolio Development Days-‐ Lessons will be shared in My District Content Folders Five (5) Full Day School Visits Each Cadre participant will have the opportunity to have a Discovery Education specialist visit his or her school site for a 1:1 professional development session. One (1) Day of Discovery This session can accommodate up to 100 educators and includes a number of breakout sessions led by Discovery Education Professional Development specialists. Because educators are able to attend multiple sessions throughout the day, those who attend these conferences gain a broad overview of what Discovery Education is how it can be applied effectively in the classroom. One (1) Administrator Academy Session II School administrators will examine their role in how to support their educators in transitioning into effectively integrating digital media into the current curriculum to help increase student achievement. Twenty (20) Full Days of On-‐Site Train the Trainers Professional Development Four (4) Cadres of Train the Trainers to receive five (5) days each including: Integrating Discovery streaming, Maximizing Student Engagement, Multimedia Presentations, Digital Storytelling, Web 2.0 in the 21st Century Classroom, and 21st Century Lesson Development Five (5) Full Days of On-‐site STEM Professional Development One (1) Science Teacher Cadre (approximately twenty-‐four (24) Science and or Math teachers). The cadre will receive five (5) on-‐site days of professional development that focuses on all aspects of the STEM initiative and 21st century lesson development. Four (4) Full Days of Challenge Based Learning Professional Development Cadre members from the 2010/2012 school year are invited to participate in developing a challenge based learning project to be carried out over the school year. One (1) Day of Discovery This session can accommodate up to 100 educators and includes a number of breakout sessions led by Discovery Education Professional Development specialists. Because educators are able to attend multiple sessions throughout the day, those who attend these conferences gain a broad overview of what Discovery Education is how it can be applied effectively in the classroom.