Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.
Craig and Parker High Schools Focus on “REDESIGN”

Eighty-nine staff members, representing all departments/disciplines, serve on our Project Redesign Structure Team. The group met three times this summer to discuss what changes should be made to the high school schedule, graduation requirements, and the advisory program as part of our Project Redesign initiative. The group has also made tentative plans for educating all stakeholders about the proposed changes.
The academic arm of Project Redesign was also underway during the summer months. Curriculum for Algebra 1, Physical Science, English 9, and Physical Education/Health has been rewritten and renewed, aligned with the Common Core Standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards. Initial curriculum work has also begun in Biology.
Kennedy Elementary School Chosen as a Pilot School
The Kennedy Staff is excited to be a part of a pilot program during the 2012-13 school year with UW Whitewater and Arts in Education.  Kennedy will have a group of 5 staff members that will receive professional development on integrating the arts into science, math and writing programs. The professional development will involve 2 different 4 hour trainings in the evenings and then 3 on site professional development times with the trainers in the classrooms supporting teachers.  The pilot program through UW Whitewater partners with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. 

The purpose of the pilot and partnership is to work with schools to integrate art form (music, drama, dance, and visual art) with another subject area such as math, reading and science.  The goal of the pilot is to best meet the needs of all learners by engaging multiple learning modalities and providing opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know in different ways. 

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