Cycle of Inquiry
Developed in collaboration with Bay Area Reform School Collaborative(BASRC)
Based on an analysis of disaggregated data student achievement data and teacher practice data, define a problem statement that identifies patterns in student achievement, skills gaps and related gaps in teacher practice.
Explicitly state your high leverage area of academic focus based this data, and clearly identify a target group of students.
Pose a question about student achievement that will help understand the skill gaps of the target group of students.
Pose a question about teacher practice that will help understand the relationship between teacher practices and skills gaps of the target group of students.
Set measurable student achievement goals; identify the data collection tools that will be used to answer your student achievement questions and measure your progress toward meeting the goals. Make sure your goals are connected to the standards you value.
Set measurable teacher practice goals that address both breadth and depth; identify the data collection tools that will be used to answer your teacher practice questions and measure your progress toward meeting the goals. Make sure the goals are connected to the standards you value.
Develop a workplan, including a budget, data and analysis, and Record of Agreements.
Connect your inquiry work at the school level and at grade levels and/or depratment levels by linking to schoolwide, grade level and/or depratment wokrplans.
Develop a timeline and set specific data for reaching goals.
Establish your data collection plan for both student achievement and teacher practice, and establish benchmarks to evaluate your progress along the way.
Research and select evidence-based strategies and outside expertise linked to addressing the specific skills gap of target students and meeting measurable goals.
Plan for articulation between grade levels, department and partner schools.
Build systems to manage the implementation of inquiry and professional development (communication, colloboration, shared leadership, assessment and governance).
Implement research and evidence=based strategies schoolwide and related on-going professional development.
Implement grade level and/or department Cycles of Inquiry connected to the whole school Cycle of Inquiry.
Continually manage communication, shared leadership, assessment and govenrance systems.
Collect quantitative and/or qualitative benchmark data to identify progress toward goals during the year.
Identify which students made how much improvement.
Identify which teachers/teacher practices affected student practices, particularly the achievement of targeted students.
Analyze your success in reaching your student achievement and teacher practice goals.
Share the work and results with community stakeholders for feedback to inform next steps.
Based on data analysis, make decisions about next steps and plan for the next Cycle of Inquiry.
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