During the 2015-16 school year, AUS administrators, teachers, and staff received training through a blended approach featuring face-to-face interaction and virtual learning from a cadre of educational consultants focused on campus initiatives.
Professional learning at AUS is a living, breathing organism by which consultants engage participants through the AUS professional learning model. The AUS professional learning model encompasses several phases in which participants act as observers, students, and peer coaches. This model emulates the gradual release of responsibility model in that participants:
- Use Edivate to build capacity based on individual growth plans,
- Observe the consultant demonstrate the concept in real-time with live AUS students,
- Plan instruction around the strategy presented,
- Present the concept before colleagues and the consultant who provide constructive feedback,
- Implement the strategy immediately in their respective classrooms while the consultant and colleagues observe and provide feedback, and
- Meet virtually to discuss the strategy and address any concerns about implementation after the consultants depart.
- Looking forward into the 2016-17 school year and beyond, AUS teachers will benefit from research-based professional learning as our consultants continue to share their knowledge and expertise around new and continued campus initiatives. Focus initiatives include:
- Improving mathematic instruction through number talks for mathematics and strategies for student engagement,
- Implementing a balanced literacy approach to ELA instruction including reader’s/writer’s workshop (K-5),
- Engaging students in close reading and literacy circles (grades 6-10),
- Incorporating writing across the curriculum,
- Increasing teacher capacity around Next Generation Science Standards and National Standards for Social Studies,
- Integrating technology into daily classroom practices,
- Building highly effective Professional Learning Communities (PLC),
- Supporting students through Response to Intervention(RtI), and
- Conducting data team meeting that focus on student work samples and common assessments for and of learning.
The AUS investment in professional learning only serves to enrich our standing as… A BETTER CHOICE!