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Craven Early College spotlighted the School Reform Initiative Team
On May 1, 2019, the Craven County Board of Education and Craven Early College High School (CEC) spotlighted the School Reform Initiative Team of Erin Miller (Biology Teacher), Amanda Smith (English I and II Teacher), Alison Strommer (English (III and IV Teacher) and Jessica Vargas (Math II/III) for their work as a high performing PLC within the school.
The cross disciplinary team was formed last year and engaged in professional learning through SRI to learn about protocols that would allow for intentional and authentic adult/student engagement at the school and classroom level. These ladies attended sessions through a blended learning environment that utilized face to face modeling, practice and virtual webinar sessions. They dedicated their time to invest in being exposed to new protocols to assist the school in providing structures for collaboration and decision making.
Responsibilities were shared as the team facilitated professional learning communities at Cabinet meetings. Their planning and preparation was evident in the rich discussion that led to shared values within norms, modeling of different engagement tools, providing a platform for school improvement while engaging with these structures within their classrooms.
CEC Teachers also brought the student engagement tools into the classroom as they provided students opportunities to develop high level thinking skills that facilitated the voice of our students. Students were exposed to POGIL-Process Oriented Guided Inquiry in Biology, which embeds differentiation and personalized learning into the lesson. Students were also immersed in Socratic Seminars in English I-IV, where the questions were student centered allowing all students to have a voice and share their thoughts in the classroom. Mrs. Vargas provided students with challenging questions and understanding of diversity in Math II/III while incorporating student leadership structures for participation within her House system.
The team’s work led to a staff survey to prioritize the next PLC. This survey fleshed out an opportunity for staff to have a teacher led book study that focused on student success. Their work has led to continuous improvement goals this year and moving forward into next year.
The SRI Team and High Performing PLC have led the way with their professionalism and courage to engage in this foundational work during the 2018-2019 school year. We celebrate with the Board of Education: Erin Miller, Amanda Smith, Alison Strommer, and Jessica Vargas for their work as a high performing PLC within the school.