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Standard 6: Responsibilities and Relationships to the Greater Community

Participation in professional, local, state, national, and global learning communities, including the ability to:

d. Use community and home resources to enhance school programs and instruction;

The internet is present in most homes today, making it extremely important for teachers to know how to reach beyond the classroom and into the home using such media. During my time student teaching, I was part of a team that created an online curriculum resource for parents for Albion Public Schools. This online curriculum not only outlined the curriculum for each quarter, but it also provided the parents links to explore beyond the classroom on United Streaming. I, with another teacher, was responsible for finding videos that related to each topic as well as creating the hyperlink to that video.

I was able to use some of the videos I had found as well as some of the resource websites to create my own Moodle site. My Moodle website was designed as an outreach for my unit on patriotism. On this website, I was able to connect parents and students to links about the White House, patriotic songs, and other history sites aimed at parents and students. These interactive sites both engage and inform the students. I was also able to create an online chat area for parents and students to share with each other questions or interesting things that they learned.

f. Participate with professional educators, school personnel, and other stakeholders in collaborative and cooperative planning, decision-making, and implementation, to improve educational systems at all levels.

The school in which I student taught is currently adopting a new School Improvement Plan. As a student teacher, I was able to sit in on several School Improvement Plan meetings. Albion Public Schools has created goals at the district level building level, and each individual grade level. The first grade team and I developed our own 1st grade S.M.A.R.T. goals as well as a plan to reach these goals. We met as a team to create quarterly assessments in math, science, writing, and social studies. As a school, we use the Dolch sight words as part of our reading assessment as well as leveling each reader. After administering the tests, we met as a team to reevaluate the tests to make sure they are aimed at the appropriate GLCEs. We wound up revamping our math quarterly assessments as this was the first year we had used this test.

During my time working with Albion Public Schools, I also sat in on several school board meetings. During these meetings, I was able to sit in and here from both the community and school board members. Issues such as discipline, MEAP scores, and measures that can be taken during this tough financial time were discussed.

As a member of the local college community, I also worked to improve the relationship between the college and the public schools, as well as try to involve the college in school improvement. I participated in a mentoring program for three years through Alpha Xi Delta. Alpha Xi Deltas nationally focus on children’s literacy, however, each chapter aims to make impacts locally. Here, Alpha Xi Delta helps to provide classrooms and libraries with reading material. With them, I have helped to lead and participate in a school-wide reading day. As a member of Mortar Board, I have been responsible for working with the 5th graders to write a book that will be shared with children at a local children’s hospital.

All Standard 6 sub-standards

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