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LInC Staff Development Plan
John Marshall International Baccalaureate
High School

 Current Situation

  Support

Professional Development

 Pre-assessment 

 Engaged Learning Workshop 

Extended Course

   Time Line

**Inservice Material**

Evaluation  

Vision

John Marshall International Baccalaureate High School is in the fifth year of its technology plan. Extensive plans have been made to create a society that is technologically literate; this includes a curriculum that is being redesigned to fulfill this goal.  All departments are integrated with the technology department and are devoted to maximizing technological experiences for staff, students, and community.

 Mission Statement for JMIBHS

Technology Goals for JMIBHS 

Current Situation Summary

At the present time, John Marshall International Baccalaureate High School has an extensive collection of technology that is available to staff, students, and community. To date the building houses the following:

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Support

John Marshall continues to have funding from the following sources:

Support is available from the following:

Staff development includes:

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Professional Development

Staff will be encouraged/enticed to participate in an Engaged Learning workshop by promotional advertisement offering solutions to teacher burnout. Since Ms. Wittig doesn't often sing the praises of any pedagogical methodology what she has to say will carry more validity than others who are offering educational workshops.

Prior to the workshop teachers will be surveyed as to their technological skills, interests, and goals. Pain staking efforts will be made to gear the content of the workshop toward the interests and goals of the staff. Sessions will be arranged in groupings of computer expertise; novice, intermediate, and advanced.

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Pre-Assessment

Prior to any meetings, the teachers will complete a self-evaluation survey (staff assessment) as well as a form requesting training needs. This survey was developed from Bellingham Public Schools who based it upon the Mankato Scale first developed by the Mankato (Minnesota) Public Schools to measure the growth of student technology skills. Although it was developed for schools in Minnesota it will fit our needs as well.

Engaged Learning Workshop 

The initial workshop will be offered on a banking day. (A day set aside for meetings and in service.) Interest needs to be cultivated before an entire program is offered. Staff will participate in activities that are designed to meet their needs. Surveys will be handed out toward the end of this year to assess individual starting points for technology experience and individual needs. From this information sessions will be divided up by ability and need. not everyone will want to do the entire course until they see the goods that it can produce.

Over the summer the facilitator will create an engaged learning project that will branch off into individual interest after the main objective is achieved. The main objective is to have participants understand what engaged learning is, how it works, how it will benefit them. Participants will be asked to identify what parts of the project design help to maintain student interest, collaboration, authentic work, independence, responsibility, and discipline. Participants will be linking on to a web page that will contain topics of interest that match those from the surveys submitted before the course. Each interest will be linked with at least three good web sites available for that topic. Included in the lesson will be various examples of educational web sites that already exist and the disciplines that each web site covers.

Once the staff members have a taste for the idea of engaged learning and the experience the ease at which students can function at the task, an assessment will be handed out as to the value of such an engaged leaning activity. A question and answer session would follow the activity to help participants identify how they could manipulate the task to fit their situation. Participants will be probed as to days and times that would best fit their schedule to finish a complete course on developing an engaged learning activity.

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Extended Course work

Participants will be asked to brain storm and return with at least two proposals for lessons they would like to develop as engaged learning projects. Each department would ideally work on one project to develop, that way each person in the department would learn about web page design and creation, and the burden of the work load would be shared.

Incentive to participate in this course will be to excuse participants from other banking day activities and offer refreshments. The possibility of clock hours does exist and will be looked into further.

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Time Line

Surveys will be handed out in late May of 1999 and collected by the end of the first week of June. Facilitator will develop curriculum pertinent to needs over the summer of 1999. During the first banking day of the year with follow up course work set for the next banking day (4 weeks later). At that point, participants desiring to develop an engaged learning unit in their discipline will meet once a week for six weeks. Any banking days that fall within this period will be used for working sessions in which personal assistance will be available.

Evaluation

Success of workshop will be determined by the number of individuals who sign on to complete a project in engaged learning. Time will also be taken to re-evaluate the participants to see if their knowledge base has changed from the initial survey.

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Created for the
Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s):
Catherine Wittig and Todd Everson
School:
John Marshall International Baccalaureate High School Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Created: March 1, 1999 - Updated: April 25, 1999
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w99/projects/leaditbe/staffdev.html