Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eisenhower High Freshman English Teachers Lay Foundation for FIP Growth

Freshman English Teachers Lay Foundation for FIP Growth

January, 2012 saw the launch of the Focused Instruction Process (FIP) at Eisenhower High School.

After four days of intensive training, teachers Tasia Addison, Sara Davis and Teidra Taylor designed and began implementation of this research-based, eight-step process.

With FIP, every freshmen student receives specific skill instruction determined by the disaggregation of test data, and articulated on the instructional timeline. Following that instruction, students receive a formative assessment. These results are used to inform instruction, and assign students into tutorial and enrichment groups. Tutorial students are then retested to assure that follow-up assistance has been sufficient to raise students’ capacities. Teachers maintain skill knowledge through spiraling back, building on, and continuously revisiting previous material.

In order to assure a coordinated effort, these teachers meet collaboratively 3-4 times a month to:

1)     share quality instructional resources and successful lessons,

2)     conduct assessment evaluations using the Backward Design Process,

3)     discuss ongoing data and create action steps,

4)     talk about challenges and celebrate successes.

It takes a committed learning community to make FIP a success. Thanks to these teachers, Freshman Assistant Principal Janice Ranzy-Allen, Terezka Jirasek, Strategic Learning Initiatives facilitator and American Institutes of Research coordinator, Teresa Lance, FIP is not only alive and well at Eisenhower, but will be expanding into more subject areas and grade levels during the upcoming school year.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Spotlight Parent

SLI is pleased to continue our new feature called: Spotlight Parent.

This month we would like to introduce you to Rosa Bahena, a parent from Edwards School!

Recently, our Family Engagement team had the opportunity to sit down with Rosa. Here is what she had to say....

SLI: Rosa, How did you become involved with SLI?
RB: I attended the parent workshops at Edwards School. I was invited by Principal Judy Sauri to become a volunteer parent facilitator with SLI. I became aware of how important it is to be a part of SLI.

SLI: Why do you feel our work is important?
RB: The SLI workshops are very important, because without them, we would not learn so many things to help our children.  For example, I learned how to help my children with homework or science projects etc. This is why the workshops are very important to me, so I can continue learning and practicing with my children.

SLI: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
RB: I am very friendly. I like to share with others. Most importantly, I like to volunteer at my children's school.