August 2013

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images-1Diana Wieland

Director Of Curriculum andInstruction, Colby Public School
Colby Public Schools
dwieland@colbyeagles.org

 

images-2Joni Clark-Leiker

Career Counselor, Colby High School
jcl@colbyeagles.org

 

 

If you could only focus on three things in your school district? …

My answers today …

1. Change from a culture of compliance to a culture of authentic engagement. – Authentically engaging every student, this is the BIIG one and involved customized and individualized education for every kid. Project, problem and issue based learning.

2. A Dream Plan for every student … Read The Dream Manager – Matthew  Kelly … This is kind of college ready, career ready, citizen ready, career plan all rolled up in one. Joni Clark-Leiker , counselor in Colby, has been through the training (she was the only educator in the training) had her students lead a conference with their parents where they discussed their dreams and plans to achieve them.

3. It’s what they know and do, not where and how … validation of learning … move the system to acknowledge the students achievement regardless of where they learned it and how they demonstrated their learning. ie Give a music credit to the kid who has taken private lessons and done recitals outside of school.

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