What did the School Community Council do with the Land Trust Funds during the 2011-12 school year?
The school hired 10 instructional paraprofessionals who worked 10-17 hours per week. The paraprofessionals used the push-in model in every classroom in grades 1-5 in the school for ½ hour each day for four days weekly. The paraprofessionals worked with small groups of students on skills in areas of identified need while teachers gave struggling readers an additional level of literacy support in an extra guided reading group. The paraprofessionals were trained on specific activities in the areas of fluency instruction, word study, vocabulary, background knowledge and familiar re-read. When planning, teachers choose the activity from the menu of choices where they felt their students needed the most support.
The paraprofessionals provided math enrichment activities for sixth grade students who had mastered core concepts to enable teachers to provide additional support for struggling students.
The paraprofessionals provided literacy support to Kindergarten students by using the research-based reading program called, My Sidewalks. Small groups of students worked on letter and sound recognition, reading, and other skills.
Teacher teams visited neighboring schools to collaborate on successful RTI programs. Teachers participated in horizontal and vertical teaming to enhance the learning of all students.
What were the intended outcomes?
Improving student learning in the classroom was the intended outcome of our program. To achieve this, paraprofessionals and staff members were provided with ongoing professional development in the area of Response to Intervention (RTI).
How did it impact student learning?
Butterfield Canyon increased the number of students in the proficient range on state end-of-level assessments by 3% during the 2011-12 school year. This increase is due to paraprofessionals and teachers working together to meet the needs of all students.