Bennett County Professional Learning

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May 4, 2018


February 13, 2018

Agenda: 2:30-7:00

  • Updates from you
  • Update on Science Matrix 
  • Delivery of instruction self reflection activity
  • Professional learning growth reflection
  • Next steps after considering data gathered

Science Flexible Curriculum

Results of Instructional Delivery Reflection

Professional Learning Growth Reflection Activity

Snowball activity:

Overall, what is the most notable change or shift in the capacity (knowledge and skills) at your school since starting the journey with CL?

At your school, what resource and/or professional opportunity has been the most instrumental for acquiring new knowledge and skills essential for success in the CL environment?

Complete the next step reflection on the work plan

Dates discussion: 

  • Road Show - March 19 - Rapid City, SD
  • TIE conference - April 15-17 - Sioux Falls, SD
  • Curriculum Redesign - July 10-12 - Watertown, SD
  • MCL Summit - July 18-20 - College Station, PA


December 11, 2017



Student-Centered Learning and Choice Boards

Choice Boards

October 10, 2017


What does authentic learning look like?

 Authentic Learning topics:

  • Project Based Learning
  • Objective Development – Student Project Development


What does authentic learning look like? Chalk Talk - small group, whole group

Authentic Learning Topics - Project Based Learning

Explore the following Project Based Learning project resources. Select one that interests you and use the Essential Project Design Checklist to evaluate the project. Be prepared to share with your table.

Planning the Hook

Do: Fill out Hook in the Collaborative Planning Guide

Next Steps: Planning Document Initiation (calendar/project design guide)

Step by Step Guide to the Best Projects

What If........ students developed their own projects based on objectives you set before them?

Project Based Learning books in TIE Reads!




May 23, 2017

Implementer/Structural Rebuild Meeting

Summer Updates:

Revisit our Year and Plan for Next Year

Mastery Learning and Grading Practices

    Mastery is....   My students are literate in my subject when they........

    Focus on Marking and Grading Practices

    2017-2018 Work Plan

    August 19, 2016




    Mindsets and Equitable Education


    In what areas do you think we have a fixed mindset? or growth mindset?



    Analyze another assessment

    Collaborative Reflection document

    • Do we as a society believe in a growth mindset? Why or why not?
    • Is this what we were taught? Or how we were taught?
    • For some of us, this is a challenging concept to believe in. Why?

    How do we praise our students?



    Formative Assessment with Google Forms


    Google Search Infographic


    March 4, 2016

    Examine Parent Data

    Reflection Process

    Levers discussion


    First look at Weight-bearing Wall barrier process

    1) What could you do (different from current practice) if the barrier is no longer in the way?
    2) Identify barriers that prevent you from doing this today.
    3) What ways  could you reduce/eliminate barrier?


    did not use: Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

    I. Introduction

    II. What Is Competency Education?

    A. Understanding Competency Education

    B. Why Do Educators Turn to Competency Education?


    III. Ramping Up for Transformation

    A. Investing in Shared Leadership

    1. Distributing Leadership

    2. Creating a Culture of Learning

    3. Empowering Others

    B. Constructing a Shared Journey of Inquiry

    C. Creating Shared Vision and Shared Ownership

    1. Engaging the Community

    2. Creating the Shared Purpose

    3. Embedding Student Voice in Governance and Operations


    IV. Designing the Infrastructure for Learning

    A.Investing in Student Agency

    1.Enabling Agency through Transparency

    2. Creating Classroom Structures that Enable Student Agency

    B. Clarifying the Overall Pedagogical Approach

    C. Configuring the Instruction and Assessment Model

    1. Establishing Overarching Competencies and Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements

    2. Constructing a Common Language of Learning

    a. Knowledge Taxonomy: How do you know the depth of learning and that students are developing high order skills?

    b. Structure and Characteristics: What are the units of learning and how are they organized?

    c. Developing a Continuum of Learning: How will content be organized within the structure?

    d. Rubrics and Calibration: How will you know students are learning and what they need to reach proficiency?

    e. Habits of Learning: What are the skills students need to manage their own learning, and how are they developed?


    D. Forging Policies and Operating Procedures for Personalization

    1. Student Agency

    2. Levels, Pace, and Progress

    3. Not Yet Proficient

    4. Advancing Upon Mastery


    E. Empowering Teachers

    1. Strong Professional Learning Communities

     2. Aligned Human Resources System

    a. Hiring and Orientation

    b. Professional Development

    c. Evaluation

    d. Autonomy and Creativity


    V. Transitioning to a Competency-Based System

    A. Preparing for the Leadership Lifts

    B. Selecting a Rollout Strategy

    C. Preparing Teachers for Personalized Classrooms

    D. Planning for Leveling and Parent Conversations

    E. Making Mid-Course Corrections

    F. Refining the Instructional Model and Enhancing the Instructional Cycle

    G. Preparing for the Implementation Dip


    VI. Embracing Continuous Improvement and Innovation

    A. Improving Performance and Personalization through Powerful Data

    B. Addressing the Needs of Struggling Students

    C. Revisiting Shared Vision and Instructional Model

    D. Staying the Course


    VII. Concluding Comments



    March 3 2016




    • important frameset for further work


    Flexible Grouping




    What does CL Look Like?

    Stephanie Video

    What CL is NOT...

    Discussion: first steps to CL




    Nutrition Activity