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MASA Leader - Fall 2016

MASA Feature www.gomasa.org 13 done to establish a strong Multi-Tiered System of Support, which incorporates student voice in the learning process and includes the practice of students estab-lishing learning goals and monitoring their progress on a regular basis. This work has been combined with a focus on implementing the Growth Mindset work of Carol Dweck to impact and improve our culture of learning. During the past several years, Fraser’s teachers have worked diligently to create a common language that allows us to design, plan, and deliver instructional strategies to support our shift to a competency education model. This requires a high level of understanding around pedagogy and instructional design. Fraser teachers are committed to rethinking their practice, and they have been purposeful in designing lessons that use a combination of best practices, which includes Direct Instruction, Inquiry Model, and a Constructivist Approach to student learning. To achieve a competency education model, we are defining our competencies through a lens that allows us to assess students by content, skill and conceptual proficiencies. Teachers have worked collaboratively to study the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 Framework for Social Studies, and the Michigan State Standards to create a comprehensive continuum of competencies that will allow students to progress through the curriculum at their own pace and utilize multiple means of expression. Finally, we are in the process of trans-forming our static, physical spaces of our buildings and learning environments from their traditional focus into flexible places focused on providing students the ability to learn anytime, anywhere, and at any pace. Classrooms and learning spaces throughout the district are being redesigned to incorporate the preferred learning styles of students. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, Fraser High School will implement flexibility at the end of the school day for eligible students through a flexible seminar period. This seat time waiver, granted with permission from the Michigan Department of Education Innovation Council and State Superintendent Brian Whiston, and approved by the Fraser Board of Education, will be offered to juniors and seniors who meet specific academic and disciplinary requirements. This program is designed to allow students the chance to experience more personal responsibility and to prepare them for the freedom of the post-secondary environment. Students who are not eligible to leave campus will be able to utilize the class time to improve their academic achievement. The graphic above provides a timeline for the trans-formation process at FHS. The transformation within Fraser is not complete. In many ways, we are still in our infancy in this process of true systemic change. However, as we lead students down a path of owning their learning and redesigning our processes and physical space, we continue to make positive adjustments. Students in Fraser today are beginning to readily identify their learning styles, strengths, and areas of needed improvement. The result is a strong community of learners prepared for the world beyond high school. Dr. David Richards is Superintendent of Fraser Public Schools. Contact him at 586.439.7000 or David.Richards@fraserk12.org.


MASA Leader - Fall 2016
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