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and student work that can be used to
develop specific student-engaged assessment practices.
The module also encourages teachers to plan lessons from the student's
view. For example, math students act as
mathematicians by exploring questions
and developing solutions rather than
simply solving problems. Such a shift
engages critical-thinking skills.
The district divided the ongoing PD
into groups of up to 30 teachers (out of
180 total), paying about $22,000 per
PD group. The total PD price is estimated to be least $132,000 over seven
years, Bell says. Funding was provided
by Alliance District grants from the
state of Connecticut.
New teaching assignments
When using this approach, students
need an intervention structure to get
support. To free up teaching positions
needed for extended support, the

district expanded class sizes. The shift
allowed for three extended day/year
teachers per school.
Extended day/year teachers provide in- and after-school academic
help, working with 10 students at a
time in six-to-eight-week cycles. These
educators start their day later so they
are available after classes end.
They also begin the school year
20 days later and stay 20 days longer,
team-teach in classrooms as needed,

Five identities every
graduate masters
* Creative and practical
problem-solver
* Responsible citizen
* Informed thinker
* Self-directed learner
and collaborator
* Clear and effective communicator

and pull students from class for help.
The extended support program
was initially created through Alliance
District funding. It has since become
a cost-neutral opportunity thanks to
negotiations with the teachers union.
Moving forward
Five years after switching to masterybased assessments, Windsor Locks is
no longer on the list of low-performing districts. Smarter Balanced assessment scores have improved in math
and English, and this past year SAT
scores for grade 11 increased.
Students also lead parent-teacher
conferences, identifying their own
strengths and weaknesses. "Our students can articulate where they were,
where they are, and where they're
going in their learning," says Bell.

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