Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PROJECT REDESIGN: Becoming an Extraordinary High School

In 2009 the School District of Janesville completed a $72 million upgrade to the physical plants of both Craig and Parker High Schools. This upgrade created state-of-the-art facilities for high school student learning. A similar upgrade must now occur with curriculum and instruction to best prepare Janesville students for the 21st Century. A more rigorous, relevant and engaging experience is what is needed.

This curriculum renewal at the high schools is entitled “PROJECT REDESIGN.” This effort will examine current teaching, curriculum and instructional practices under the lens of “best practice” and “evidenced-based leadership.” Specifically, this change will be measured by student performances on the WKCE (state test), ACT, local curriculum-based assessments (CBA’s) and success in the Advanced Placement program. A staff study committee has been working on a proposal that will be shared with both Craig and Parker personnel as a special professional development meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Potential structural changes include: increased graduation requirements, consideration of an eight period day and greater collaboration between both high schools. These are all important decision points that will be explored through PROJECT REDESIGN.

Listen to WCLO tomorrow (March 15, 2012) at 10:30 a.m. to hear Principals Laue and Spiegel and Dr. Ehrhardt discuss PROJECT REDESIGN.

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