Going Where the Work Is: One School’s Story
It’s such a gift for our team to have the opportunity to visit schools. After all, that’s where the magic happens. Today’s visit to Grovecenter in Covina-Valley, CA reminded me that it isn’t the Framework that makes a difference. Rather, it’s the implementation of the Framework by talented teachers and leaders that gets results. As I walked the halls and visited classrooms with Principal Autumn Williams, I could see the concrete evidence of the Focused Framework. Here are just a few examples of the evidence that I found.
I saw students in a fifth grade classroom using close reading to jigsaw comprehension questions from a chapter of Tuck Everlasting. Each group answered a question by discussing, citing evidence, and collaboratively writing their response before presenting to the entire class.
I couldn’t help myself. I just had to snap a photo of this display board. I learned that Grovecenter is committed to displaying student work. This board has examples of student work related to one of their evidence-based practices, Thinking Maps.
Student goal setting is an important aspect of the work at Grovecenter Elementary. In this classroom, every student set a learning goal with specific, measurable outcomes for the 2018-19 school year. What a great example of student ownership of learning.
Look at this data celebration board that I found on my treasure hunt. I learned from Principal Williams that when Grovecenter students reach reading levels at grade level or beyond using STAR assessments, teachers celebrate and post their achievement. More importantly, students are also recognized and celebrated for their growth!
What a great visit to Grovecenter. Congratulations to the staff, students, families, and communities for taking the Focused Framework and using it as a tool to get results for every student, every day, no exception!