School Learning Plan
Fir Grove Elementary School
Fir Grove is a community of committed educators, students, parents and community members. We look at the whole chil and work to foster growing learners. We promote academic learning and positive civic behaviors that build respectful and responsible children. Our school is nestled within a walkable, diverse neighborhood where families speak 12 languages and originate from multiple countries. Traditions including annual Fun Runs, Community Walks, Music Concerts, Family Nights, and Book Fairs, are highly attended and bring our community together around the excitement of living and learning together. It’s not uncommon to see our mascot, Furry Grover, waving in the halls and posing for pictures — one would be hard-pressed to find a rival for our spirit.
In all K-5 classrooms, we use the workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Focus on knowing the students as a learner, reader, and mathematician continues to be a primary focus for designing and implementing instruction. Use of the IRLA for reading provides specific guidance on where the students are as readers and what strategies need more refinement. In writing, authentic published writing and continual daily practice provides us with a roadmap for instruction. In math, we use math congress, CFLM and Fosnot strategy landscapes, and continual use of the eight mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting the individual learners. All of these areas necessitates conferring to set up individual goals, and strategic grouping during work time to link instruction to need.
At Fir Grove, we utilize the integrated co-teaching and consultation model and high levels of collaboration in an effort to maximize student inclusion to ensure that students are not pulled out of instruction with their peers. To best accomplish this, every classroom has their classroom teacher, as well as, a highly qualified co-teacher who is ELD licensed. Students in K-2, have two licensed teachers in the classroom for a minimum of 30 minutes every day. The classroom teacher and the co-teacher collaborate weekly to create specialized instruction with an emphasis on developing reading, writing, and oral language skills.
These practices provide us a pathway to fulfill our mission of, “Our Fir Grove community believes that by working together to create meaningful relationships, honor differences, and encourage excellence, students will develop a lifelong curiosity and joy of learning.”
Equity AREA OF FOCUS:
Providing students individualized instruction with their peers to the greatest extent possible. Limiting the amount of time students are away from learning for both academic, and social/emotional interventions.
Build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
Provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
Academic intervention and differentiation techniques enacted in the classrooms.
Clear alignment and consistent implementation of proactive and reactive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies across the school.
Coaching, consultation, and support for academic and SEL strategies provided through the collaboration strategies.
Academic excellence AREA OF FOCUS:
Knowing the students as learners using multiple assessments for all academic areas to create individualized pathways to improvement within the workshop model.
Academic excellence Goal:
All students will make growth in all academic areas.
Conferring with students within the workshop model in math, reading, and writing will establish individualized goals and direct instruction opportunities “in the moment.”
Formative assessments will help create strategic grouping within the workshop model and identify key strategies for small group instruction
Collaboration AREA OF FOCUS:
Teachers share responsibility for all students. Classroom teachers have a team of teachers to collaborate plan, refine, and reflect on instructional practices.
All teachers will refine practices to positively impact student results.
All classroom teachers will have a high quality co-teacher for collaborating and co-teaching inside the classroom
All students are reviewed with team of practitioners to engage in reflective dialogue and modify instructional practices including interventions at least three times a year.
Practices within the classroom will be “de-privatized” through the use of peer observation, peer coaching, and PD aligned to impactful instructional strategies
Frequent coaching, consulting, and support provided to all certified staff both by peers and administration
Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.