Jackson Charter School Integrated Unit Planning Template
Collaboration is at the heart of every decision at JCS. We know that critical conversations reveal roadblocks and that uninterrupted time with team members leads to solutions. From teachers to administrators to parents and the community, we model collaboration on a daily basis. Our collaboration model is based on the research of Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner’s communities of practice, where groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do learn how to do it better through regular interaction (April 2015). In 2015, JCS worked to embed opportunities for collaboration daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly to ensure vertical and horizontal articulation of academics as well as communication regarding professional practices.
Teachers participate in 80 minutes of uninterrupted collaboration with grade level partners, grade level clusters, student support teams, mentor or Instructional Coach.
Teachers plan instruction with general education, special education, and paraprofessionals. Our focus areas to improve achievement include differentiation of core reading and math instruction to ensure all learners can access grade level material.
Grade level teams work to design integrated units during School Improvement Days. During this time, teachers use the Jackson Charter School Integrated Unit Planning template to write driving questions, connect community resources, design hands-on learning experiences, and scaffold learning tasks.
Staff members come together to analyze vertical articulation in focus areas to brainstorm solutions for ensuring continuity from one grade level to the next. Focus areas are determined through informal and formal observation. Sample Integrated Units in each grade cluster as they become available.
(Artifacts to Be Released in August 2016)