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High School Redesign

January 5, 2007

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency High School Redesign Team will host three sessions in February and April, to assist high schools in preparing students with 21st Century skills. The team, lead by former building principal, Roger Roskens, includes Linda Mannhardt, Sally Rigeman, Margaret VanFossen and Cindy Winckler. They have participated in training from the Iowa Department of Education, the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and High Schools that Work in order to provide the “just in time” training to our area high school leadership teams. The sessions are focused on the six elements consistent in effective high school design.

Session 1 – February 9, 2007 – Collaborative Leadership and High Expectations
Building Leadership teams will identify and formalize structures that support collaborative leadership, and then develop an implementation plan with identified indicators of success. Building teams will then transfer the implementation plan to the classroom and identify those systems that support the culture of high expectations.

Session 2 – April 13, 2007 – Rigorous & Relevant Curriculum and Student Assessment & Program Evaluation
Rigorous and relevant curriculum begins by integrating the academic core, fine arts and career technical studies into a system of learning opportunities for students. Building teams will understand the design of this high quality instructional model that engages each student. Building teams will then identify the formative and summative assessment data that provides the foundation for feedback and decision-making about curriculum, instruction and support for learning. These teams will develop a timeline for evaluating existing programs by identifying the data from multiple sources, which will be used in interpreting program effectiveness.

Session 3 – April 25, 2007 – Model Core Curriculum
The Iowa Department of Education, along with a cross-section of experts in their field, have identified that all Iowa students should have access to rigorous and relevant curriculum that assures essential subject matter is being taught and essential knowledge and skills are being learned. Building teams will learn how to evaluate their school’s current curriculum and embed the model core curriculum in their high school graduation requirements. Presenters for this session include: Rita Martens, Department of Education and co-chair of the Literacy core curriculum working group; Eric Hart, Maharishi International University and co-chair of the Math core curriculum working group; and Shannon Cde Baca, Iowa Learning Online, and high school chemistry teacher who co-chaired the Science core curriculum working group.

Roger Roskens is available to answer your questions about this initiative. 563 344-6419 or

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