SIS News Archive
Whilst Chinese New Year celebrations were still occurring SIS teachers were back at school on Monday 15th February, involved in professional learning and collaborative work tasks. The focus for all staff PL days this year has been assessment and this continued on Monday with the specific focus being 'the link between assessment, teaching and learning'.
The focus was an extension of ensuring we are working towards achieving goals set out in the SIS 2020 vision, recommendations from WASC and keeping up to date with current education trends that best meet the needs of our students.
The PL day was broken into 3 parts:
Part 1 - Whole school focus on assessment and working to complete an assessment matrix detailing all common assessments across the school. This will allow us to answer some very important questions and create a transparent environment for all SIS stakeholders.
Part 2 - Wellness - during each PL day the Wellness committee provide an activity that promotes team building, wellness and fun. For this activity we were involved in a Jeopardy challenge. This is a great chance to transition from working on the task in the morning to a different task in the afternoon.
Part 3 - During the afternoon session we focused our attention to learning more about Atlas Rubicon and how this curriculum documentation tool allows for useful data to be collected and why it is necessary for our teachers to ensure the curriculum is documented according to specific agreements. Teams then proceeded to work on their subject / grade curriculum documentation.
This PL day, as with each of the previous 3, provided vital opportunities for teachers across PreK-12 to come together in a unified way, to discuss, work on and share our curriculum thus ensuring we have consistent vertical and horizontal alignment that best meets the needs of our students.
- Carlene Hamley, Director of Curriculum and Learning