2015 - 2016 Land Trust
Teachers will receive instruction on how to engage students in multi-sensory learning using technology. Teachers will be facilitators, assigning projects that require students to think deeply. Students will use technology in areas such as Google Docs, using Facetime with pen pals abroad, and creating presentations. Another effect technology has on students is it increases the effectiveness of collaborative learning. As students work together and teach each other, their subject mastery increases to 90%. The final result of technology based teaching will improve student performance. Teachers will use a portable Chrome lab to review and prepare students for the state mandated SAGE testing thus giving them the confidence they need to use the device effectively. This frees them up to focus on the task at hand, instead of worrying about what they need to do to use the device.
Parowan Elementary will fully implement the new CORE Language Arts Program to attain a higher proficiency percentage, among our students in 3rd through 6th grade, on the state mandated SAGE ELA test. SAGE testing has brought the realization that although we are making improvement in reading/writing, we still need to focus on attaining a higher proficiency percentage among our students. Our staff is in agreement that if we are to achieve this goal, we must continue to make changes in what we are doing and those changes must be based on sound research.
Our district is currently in the process of adopting a new Language Arts Core program for grades K-6. We will begin using it in the fall of 2015. We know that continuity across grade levels and throughout the district will fill many of the gaps we have seen in the past and provide rigorous reading and writing instruction and experiences for all students, thus helping us produce students who can reason and think deeply through both literary and informational text. We also know that this rigorous teaching must begin in Kindergarten, even though we do not actually begin assessing students with the SAGE ELA until 3rd grade.