Increasing College Readiness through Assessment Led Instruction in Middle and High School Classrooms
Reading comprehension is a critical need area documented in Eastern Kentucky schools, especially at the middle school (MS) and high school (HS) levels and crucial to success in all subject areas. With this project, Morehead State University (MoSU) proposes to increase reading achievement of middle and high school students through the integration of scientifically researched instructional strategies that have been found effective in assessment-led reading instruction and Response to Intervention in every subject area.
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1. Working with teachers from every subject area in middle and high schools, increase overall achievement of middle and high school students through the integration of scientifically researched reading strategies.
2. Bridge the gap between the types of skills needed to achieve on the CATS test with the thinking and analysis skills needed to succeed on the EPAS test.
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Data Assessment Meetings: Focus groups consisting of math, science, social studies, language arts, and special education teachers will meet with the Professional Development Coordinator for a Data Retreat to analyze CATS, EPAS and NCLB data to identify need areas to address in their team action plans. Recruitment of these teachers will be in collaboration with principals and Board of Education personnel.
Five Day Summer Institute: All participants will be required to attend a 5-day summer institute on Morehead State University's campus. Topics for the institute will be planned to meet the needs identified in the Data Assessment Retreats and professional development action plans. Each participant will receive a $500 stipend, free instructional materials and travel reimbursement.
On-going, Job-embedded, professional development: During the 2010-2011 academic year, teachers will implement their action plans. Content experts from Morehead State will provide content support and mentoring. Each participating teacher will receive $200 for materials to implement their action plans. The Professional Development Associate will also provide support to teachers interested in becoming National Board Certified candidates.
On-line Learning Community: An online community space will be developed by project staff to support the work of participants. Including in this community space will be online learning modules developed by project staff content experts to support the institute sessions, discussion areas for organized and informal discussions, a document room, online assessments, surveys and announcements.
School Wide Plan: Professional Coordinator from Morehead State, school principals and guidance counselors will develop a school-wide plan to use EPAS data and resources to meet the EPAS goals in providing a longitudinal, systematic approach to educational and career planning, assessment, instructional support, and evaluation.
Culminating Showcase: In the spring, the teams will meet again to share their successes, challenges and strategies. Every participant will be able to “walk away with” new, “teacher-tested” strategies and lessons to implement in their school.
Middle and high school teachers of every subject in the school districts of Carter, Elliot, Estill, Floyd, Jackson, Letcher, Menifee, Bath, and Martin Counties are invited to participate.
Stipends and Compensation
Each participating teacher will receive a $500 stipend for attending the 5-day summer institute in July and $200 for instructional materials. Meals will be provided free of charge during the institute (breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks) and travel will be compensated.