Academic Improvement and Accountability News

Categorical Program Monitoring (Jan/Feb)

The Academic Improvement and Accountability Department is gearing up for the CPM review process that is scheduled for February 4 -8, 2008. Ramiro Nava, from the California Department of Education will lead his team through a very thorough review of the districts departments and 7 schools. The schools that have been selected for this review are:
  • College Heights
  • Jefferson
  • Longfellow
  • Williams
  • Stiern
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
Diane Wallace has done a phenomenal job of coordinating the various departments for this review. The department has been very thorough in making sure that evidence has been collected to represent all aspects of the review. Diane has prepared the schedule that will lead the team through the various schools. The entire department will be on hand to walk the team through the different sites. Bakersfield City School District is pleased to welcome Mr. Nava and his team.

Developing Capacity in the Academic Support Teams (October)

On October 8, 2007 the AIA Team and West Ed held a training for the Principals and their Academic Support Teams to help develop the next steps for the Pathway to Teaching and Learning. The training provided the structure in establishing rigorous objectives. Using the Plan – Observe- Discuss Cycle the teams were shown how to use this tool in conjunction with the revised Blooms Taxonomy. The teams were specifically shown how to draw out the measurable verbs in establishing their lesson objectives. The principals were asked to display the Pathway to Teaching and Learning modules that had been trained at their school sites so that the DLís can gain knowledge of what support can be now be offered. Principals were shown an example of how to display observational data with evidence using a template. They were also shown how to prepare the schedule for the Plan – Observe- Discuss Cycle. The DL’s will continue to be involved in the process of supporting the principals at each site.

AIA Team – Providing Support in the Pathway (September)

On September 4, 2007, all school principals participated in a follow up training to the Pathway. The AIA team continues to provide the structure for the successful implementation of the Pathway. Huck Fitterer, along with his West Ed staff took the principals through many excercises including the classification of specific examples under each of the six dimensions of the revised Blooms Taxonomy. Specifically, principals were asked to bring their documentation of the Pathway to share and discuss progress. Many principals continued to share a positive outlook on the implementation of the Pathway. All principals explained that four of the modules have been delivered to the staff and that documentation and data gathering is in progress. The training focused on providing the principals with the, Plan – Observe – Discuss Cycle. This cycle provides the structure to ensure that learning is at the correct level of difficulty for all students, that teachers are providing high quality instruction, and that teachers are given specific feedback on their ability to provide high quality instruction. Overall, the AIA team is quite pleased with the progress of the Pathway implementation. We will continue to monitor each school site to provide the needed support.

AIA Kicks Off The 2007 – 2008 School Year (August)

The AIA Team kicked off the school year with staff development and trainings. Dr. Marvin Jones set the stage and tone for the upcoming year. Aida Molina informs all school principals on the development and progress of the LEA (District) PI Plan. Categorical Expenditure procedures were explained by Nancy Olcott and she points out the new justification form.
Marvin directions Tim
Nancy Aida stroll
Diane Wallace reminds the principals about the CPM process and the importance of being prepared for the 07 – 08 district and school site reviews. Tim Fulenwider gives a presentation on Effecient & Effective communication. Al Capilla, one of the members of the DLS team is shown here working with the instructional support team of a school.
Diane Marvin Chat
Nancy Talks Al group
This year the team will continue to focus on building capacity and providing support for all members of the school leadership. The AIA team will continue to offer their knowledge and support as the school year unfolds.
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