Teacher, students describe personalized learning in Templeton classroom
Templeton Middle School teacher Cathy Drago and six of her sixth-graders gave School Board members a presentation on what personalized learning looks like in her classroom.
Four students described how they are able to learn in a flipped mathematics class and two others presented on project-based learning in social studies.
Teacher, students and parents alike noted that the personalized learning approach gives students more confidence in their learning and reduced frustration because the pace of learning matches their individual needs.
School Board members thanked Drago and her students for preparing their presentations and acknowledge the maturity and thoughtfulness students displayed as they presented.
Progress, priorities from tactical plans presented
School Board members were updated on progress made in the district’s strategic and tactical plans. Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik summarized reports submitted by tactical plan managers.
Seven strategic priorities are being addressed in the tactical plans including:
- personalized, differentiated instructional practices;
- Response to Intervention readiness;
- student information system;
- construction of high school classroom space;
- two-way communication practices;
- professional development; and
- Educator Effectiveness Model implementation.
Little reports on assessments
Instructional Services Supervisor Katie Little, Ph.D., reported on state and federal required standardized assessments.
The Badger Exam 3-8, a smarter-balanced assessment that will replace the mathematics and language arts portions of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, will not be an adaptive assessment this spring as originally intended. Preparation for administration of the online exam included accelerating the district’s computer replacement cycle, spacing out scheduling over several weeks because of limited bandwidth and numerous activities to prepare students for taking an online assessment.
Governor Scott Walker’s state budget prohibits the smarter-balanced assessment in 2015-16 which leaves the districts with administration of the test for one year that will not provide longitudinal data. The state Department of Public Instruction indicated that the Badger Exam 3—8 will be administered as scheduled.
The ACT Aspire was given to freshmen in the fall, and freshman and sophomores will take it this spring. The high school schedule was modified to accommodate the test. Juniors are taking the ACT and WorkKeys March 3 and 4.
Other assessments include PALS early literacy for students in Grades 4K-2, WKCE science and social studies for students in grades 3-8 and 10, Dynamic Learning Maps to replace special education’s Wisconsin Alternative Assessment in language arts and mathematics, and ASSETS for English Language Learning that is projected for 2015-16.
In personnel business, the School Board approved the appointment of Kristine Gostomski as Hamilton guidance office administrative assistant with a start date of March 23.