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Reflection - Legal Problem

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I often reflect upon how much I love the law. I know that is difficult for many people to understand, but I like learning about the precedent-setting cases that have a direct impact on what I do. During the course on school law I learned so much that impacts me even now daily. The Freedom of Information Act that is all encompassing and at such odds with the Families Educational Rights and Privacy Act that it is sometimes incomprehensible that education in this country works so well.

Legal Aspects of Education

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Students responded to how they would deal with a given situation and the legal ramifications of their decision.

Reflection - Curriculum Problem

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Working on curriculum this semester I learned more about the process and politics of really creating something new. The change process is heavily dependent on many factors, including funding, and politics, and leadership of the district. The previous superintendent was clearly charged by the board of education with increasing the academic rigor and preparing every student for college. This became evident even more when I looked at the whole mathematics curriculum map, and how much has changed in the past few years.

Curriculum Problem and Solution

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My problem was initially identified by me a few years ago when my school district eliminated a course call Business Math. The course was very outdated, yet some of the skills were important for students to learn who were graduating from a technical high school. There is a need to teach students some financial literacy previously found in Business Math. In addition, there is no rigorous alternative course for motivated students aside from the honors courses geared toward preparing students for college.

Curriculum Lab

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For the final project, students must define a curriculum-related problem in a memorandum to their superintendent. They must include a rationale for why the problem exists; research the problem as they work toward a final solution; propose a solution to the problem that includes writing new curriculum or revising existing curriculum; and write a reflection that discusses their personal learning in completing the project, including relating this learning to improving student achievement.

Reflection - School Improvement Plan

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As a math teacher, I love data. I like collecting data, manipulating data, analyzing data, and making predictions using data. School improvement is directly tied to data. As I analyzed current practices and looked at data, I became aware of small factors that could contribute to great success. I believe that as I learn and develop my data analysis skills I will be more adept at identifying areas of need.

School Improvement Plan

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The No Child Left Behind act (NCLB) has brought about massive changes to public education across this nation. No Where Technical High School (NWTHS) is no different than any other public school. Data is a driving force within NCLB and at NWTHS. The school is publicly scrutinized based on the results of standardized tests such as the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) and the various tests from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).

Program Evaluation

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Students must develop a School Improvement Action Plan with an evaluation using the internship site as a context. The 5-8 page Action Plan, designed to improve student achievement, should include the use of data, the involvement of all stakeholders and an evaluation component.

USA- NCATE- Unit Standards (effective fall 2008)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Standard : Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Dispositions

Reflection - Supervision

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Supervision of teachers is one of the areas of administration that I believe could be most rewarding. The activities, instruments, and systems of supervision that I studied have already helped me as a teacher. They will only continue to be an asset for me as an administrator. I believe the nation is moving to radically change the way teachers are evaluated, especially with President Obama’s, “Race to the Top” program. Key components of the program seem to be tied to teacher evaluation and training.

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