Sunday, August 30, 2009

Who needs to know about the Quality Review? We All Do!


1. The entire school needs to know about the Quality Review.
2. Our school gets money if we do well on the Quality Review.
3. The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the mayor and the chancellor give money to schools that do well on the Quality Review.
4. The money goes towards academic programs, and technology.

Why should the whole school care about the Quality Review?
1. It is in the best professional interest of the staff to know about the Quality Review.
2. The reviewers are people who have great influence in the NYCDOE.
3. A student who is learning should know the components of getting a "well developed" on the Quality Review.
4. A satisfactory teacher should know the components of getting a "well developed" on a Quality Review.
5. A satisfactory assistant principal should know the components of getting a "well developed" on a Quality Review.
6. A satisfactory principal should know the components of getting a "well developed" on a Quality Review.

Click here to know the components of getting a "Well Developed" on the 2009-2010 Quality Review.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quality Review - 2009-2010 - Phase 1



It always takes me a while to wrap my mind around what is being required when I come back from a principal's conference or workshop or meeting or session. I work through the process by writing about it, marking the text, asking questions, creating visuals, and working collaboratively with the school community.

Let's get it started with 5 take away points from the Quality Review Principal Feedback session:

1. The Quality Review has been in existence for 3 years.
2. The rubric for the Quality Review has been modified for the 3rd time.
3. The Quality Review has 3 levels:
--Underdeveloped with proficient features,
--Proficient, and
--Well developed
4. The school community, 90% at least, should be able to use one or more of the accountability tools, on a daily basis.
5. The accountability tools are: Inquiry Teams, ARIS, 8cfi.com, Periodic Assessments.

Educational Geek Moment:
- Two educational researchers - Costa and Kallick created Habits of Mind which is part of the language used in the Quality Review
- Douglas Reeves wrote a very famous book called Making Standards Work which also seems to influence the structure and the next steps for the growth of the inquiry teams

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Richmond Choroal Society Youth Chorus Auditions


· Do you like to sing?

· Would you like to improve your music skills?

· Would you like the opportunity to meet other young choral singers and perform with them?

Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus is looking for you!!

Call Louise at (718) 448-3656 for more information and to schedule an audition

Wednesdays, Sept. 2nd and 9th, 2009, 4-6 p.m.

New Dorp Moravian Church Parish Hall, 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY

No previous experience or preparation necessary

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and grants from The Staten Island Foundation and Northfield Bank Foundation.

Click on the title or right here: www.richmondchoral.com

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