High school redesign – some might ask what exactly does that mean? Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a 3 day professional development on school culture and collaboration and I came away with a clearer focus on what high school redesign might look like.
For the teachers and students at Memorial Composite High School, High School redesign is focused on collaboration. Teachers will continue to collaborate outlining what are key learning outcomes. We will collaborate on evaluating common assessments so that practice can be improved and student learning can be maximized. Collaboration is paramount in moving forward to provide timelier monitoring of student achievement and to provide a systematic response to ensure students receive support when they are struggling to achieve or complete their work. In the words of Dufour and Mattos two of the speakers at the conference, “The Key to improved student learning is to ensure more good teaching in more classrooms more of the time.” Collaboration can only improve student learning.
Teachers are working together to support the learning of all students – focusing on what we can do to improve the learning of our students – not just my students. We are committed to holding students accountable for their learning. Teachers will not give students the option to opt out of learning. Memorial Composite High School has started on our journey of high school redesign. So far collaboration is at the forefront of our journey. It is not a journey that has an end but rather it is a journey of a life time, always growing and changing, striving for continuous improvement and motivating a sustained effort.