The BIG Picture

Planning for an effective school year begins with understanding the school community. As you design your classroom environment (physical and social-emotional) you need to be sure your goals/objectives align with the larger school community.

Meet Jana

Before you begin, read about 'Jana'. In your opinion, what did Jana "fail" to do? Let her experience frame your thinking as you continue with today's task. How did Jana forget to, "Put first things first"?

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Task: Pretend that you have just been hired to teach in the Dual Language Program. You will be teaching a 2nd/3rd grade class. It is up to you to decide if you will be the Spanish or English Side of the Dual Program. As you begin your planning, you decide to review State Data and the School Website. As you review the resources below, take stock of your impressions. Below is the document you will need to complete. DO NOT TYPE IN THE DOCUMENT ON THIS PAGE. A Copy has been made available to you in Google Classroom.

Analyzing School Data

State Reporting - the 'lingo'

CDE - California Department of Education

CAASPP - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

AYP - Adequate Yearly Progress - based on state testing (CAASPP). Begins in 3rd Grade.

PI - Program Improvement - All Title I funded schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are identified for Program Improvement (PI) under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Title I - A Title I school may operate as a schoolwide program only if a minimum of 40 percent of the students in the school, or residing in the attendance area served by the school, are from low-income families

Analyzing State Data

Data Set 1: Analyze CAASPP data for UPCS in the 2015-2016 Academic year. Click on the link title 'AYP School Reports" under the 'School Reports' heading

Data Set 2: UPCS Student Accountability Report Card

Researching Your School's Website

Go on a Scavenger Hunt through the UPCS website (you may work alone or with a peer or table group). Locate and read about the following:

  • School Mission
  • Administrator
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • PTSA
  • SSC (view one Meeting Agenda and Minute Notes)
  • Dual Immersion and the Article Linked at the bottom of the page