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Elmhurst Community Prep School
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Prep. Grounded in our Four Theories of Action--high expectations, collaboration, positive school culture, family involvement--and a commitment to Social Justice, the ECP Family works to ensure all students promote to high school on a positive life trajectory and prepared for rigorous A-G coursework.
Theory of Action: High Expectations • Use equity as the lens through which we analyze our practice • Participate in teacher inquiry, such as analyzing student products collaboratively • Work collaboratively to develop and teach standards-based units and utilize rubrics to assess student products • Use multiple sources of data to inform planning and teaching • Focus teaching and learning towards maximizing student voice in learning and greater metacognitive understanding of how and why they are learning • Teach vocabulary and reading comprehension strategies across the curriculum • Differentiate instruction within your classroom • Teach specific skills in context • Focus on problem-solving and critical thinking • Emphasize goal setting and reflection in student learning • Develop and display current and relevant student work and rubric • Implement and support effective Sustained Silent Reading practice in advisory daily • Plan, support, and facilitate Student-Led Conferences twice a year and Expo at the end of the year Theory of Action: Collaboration • Seek first to understand and assume positive intent • Respect interdependency (be mindful of individual vs. group needs) • Speak your truth • Appreciate the contributions and efforts of others • Maximize collaborative opportunities across and within grade levels and content areas • Be open to and respectfully provide critical feedback to colleagues • Work toward personal and community sustainability • Support and take responsibility for the success and sustainability of others • Support and take responsibility for the direction and development of the whole school • Teach, support, and encourage student collaboration in and out of the classroom • Participate in weekly grade level team meetings • Complete progress reports with your team weekly • Work within and across your department in weekly professional learning community work • Serve on at least one site-level committee Theory of Action: Positive School Culture • Implement and assume responsibility for school culture through common cultural practices and grade level agreements • Implement the advisory curriculum as an advisory leader • Emphasize school culture and expectations to ALL students • Emphasize student responsibility and inclusion • Cultivate and uphold policies that help create school culture • Organize student work areas to maximize group learning • Maintain a classroom culture that is positive and consistent with school culture • Reward positive behavior and actions consistently • Attend extracurricular events to support students Theory of Action: Family Involvement • Value the partnership of families and all community stakeholders in the work of the school • Collaborate with the Family Center Director in reaching out to parents • Recommend and recruit families from your advisory to participate on the School Site Council (SSC) and other family involvement opportunities • Host advisory family potluck at the beginning of the year • Work to educate parents on curriculum and assessment processes • Spend time each week communicating with families • Participate in home visits where appropriate • Plan, support, and facilitate Student-Led Conferences twice a year and Expo at the end of the year, maximizing student voice, ownership and participation in the conference