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The Successful Practices Network facilitates the sharing of best practices and innovative ideas among its member schools. Each member school is visited by an SPN coach who meets with the leadership team of the school to identify successful practices that will be shared to the full membership. These successful practices range from school program and course curriculum to projects or individual classes’ programs and activities. These successful practices are solicited based on their impact on student achievement and growth. All successful practices are consistent with the idea that rigor relevance and relationships for ALL students.  These descriptions are associated with the individual school that submitted them. Successful practices that are reviewed highly are often subjects of future podcasts and webinars to facilitate greater discussion and dissemination.

 

Benefits:

  • “Real world” successful practices that are tested and proven in the schools.
  • Connected to shared pedagogy of Rigor/Relevance/Relationships for ALL students
  • Format encourages schools to be innovative
  • Helps schools who are experiencing challenges find similar schools who are finding success
  • Successful practices are used to begin partnerships around persistent problems among member schools.

 

You can search the Successful Practices by completing the search indicators below.  Questions can be directed to Dale Eggebraaten, dale@spnet.us

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Public Resource 24 October, 200924 October, 2009
High school students have taken their academic experience off "campus", and to a place where their \"classmates\" are 70 to 80 years their senior. Their school is the Orleans County Nursing Home. The alternative education program is a voluntary program that is available to students that have promise but have had some difficulty in the traditional school environment and structure.
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Internship or Career Shadowing
  • Partnerships
  • Alternative Education Program
  • Multiple Pathways
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Public Resource 23 June, 201123 June, 2011
In June 2010, members of the Instructional Leadership Team of Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Oklahoma City, OK) attended the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools (ICLE) Conference and learned about many valuable tools provided by ICLE and the Successful Practices Network (SNP). As a result and to further the goals of their Pathway to Excellence vision, the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) made a decision to begin implementing the Rigor and Relevance Framew...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Multiple Pathways
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Public Resource 10 March, 201110 March, 2011
This is a unique, research-based, experiential education class that engages students to be active partners in their learning. Freshman students will learn the prerequisites and Journey core concepts of self confidence, trust, perseverance, self expression, communication (verbal/non-verbal, written, and audio-visual), creativity and the importance of collaboration.

Activities and integrated curriculum include but are not limited to: adventure programming (rock climbing trips and indoor cli...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate
  • High Expectations
5 April, 20105 April, 2010
David Douglas School District has worked extensively on curriculum maps for various subjects and grade levels. Included in this best practice are templates and master copies of curriculum maps as well as the sample maps for the following grades/subjects:

• Seventh Grade Social Science
• Eighth Grade Social Science
• Eighth Grade Math One, Two, and Three
• Eighth Grade Science

Curriculum maps are excellent tool to use in order to align state standards with district goals, obj...Read more
6 April, 20106 April, 2010
"The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace."

"Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. "

"The CBI is avail...Read more
Additional Connections:
  • Partnerships
  • Multiple Pathways
21 August, 201221 August, 2012
Deming High School implemented interdisciplinary Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with their teachers beginning in January 2011. This Share-a-thon event was an extension of the high school’s PLCs. The PLCs were designed to increase teacher collaboration for student learning. The groups, made up of at least one teacher from the core subjects and non-core subjects, met every other week and the Share-a-thon was the culminating project for each of the eight PLCs. Each PLC was responsib...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
23 September, 201123 September, 2011
According to the National Middle School Association (March, 2002) “...schools must reach out to parents, helping them to become more knowledgeable about young adolescents' developmental needs and concerns, and encouraging ongoing parental involvement in their children's education. A strong home and school connection can create a seamless web of support for children in transition....” Parents and students fear everything from the amount of homework to “mean teachers” and possible “b...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
20 June, 201120 June, 2011
The goal of this program is for students to develop the ability to make educated guesses about unfamiliar words they encounter when reading. If students can break down unfamiliar words into parts, reading comprehension improves.
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Accelerated / AP Enrollments
  • Alternative Education Program
  • High Expectations
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25 October, 201025 October, 2010
Over the past five years, La Serna High School (La Serna) has developed and implemented a series of systematic intervention and prevention programs. The student mentor programs have demonstrated measurable gains in several targeted areas, including increases in graduation rates, California Standards Test (CST) achievement and school connection and involvement. There have also been gains in a-g eligibility, a requirement that ensures that students can participate fully in the first-year progr...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate
  • Partnerships
  • Alternative Education Program
1 December, 20101 December, 2010
After reading A Whole New Mind and attending the Model Schools Conference, there was a sense of urgency on our team to drastically alter and improve education, for the sake of our kids and country. With the goal of creating more globally competent learners, our entire team developed a system of electives that build rigor, relevance, and relationships for all our kids. The plan became Bowie Power Hour....a powerful time for our kids!
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Co-curricular/ Clubs Participation
  • Partnerships
  • Multiple Pathways


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