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Canadian Evaluation SocietyAnnual Conference 2003Aloha Teachers: Island School Learning Community Evaluation
Reed Early,evaluation specialistPacific Resources For Education And Learning
Geographical Context Entities spread across 4.9 Million square miles2600 mi. to American Samoa (4.5 hrs. by air) from Hawaii3800 mi. to Guam (7.5 hrs. by air)4200 mi. to DC (8.5 hrs. by air)Area serviced by two airlinesInternational Dateline/6 Time Zones
Political Context3 Sovereign Nations, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau2 Territories, American Samoa, Guam1 Commonwealth, Northern Mariana Islands1 State, Hawaii
Linguistic Context11 major languagesDistinct cultural and linguistic differencesEnglish may not be spoken at home
Educational ContextFacilities: barely adequate to well equippedUtilities: no power to high tech capabilityTeacher credentials: no BA to MAPolicy: little to comprehensiveSchool materials: limited to adequate Leadership: traditional to transformational
Island Learning CommunitiesEvaluation as an ongoing process with rural and remote Pacific learning communitiesEvaluation as a tool for continuous learningAt schools in remote and rural island settingsCommunity is involved in reformLiteracy focus
Like going on an ocean voyage
School improvement requires: Shared visionWell chosen curriculumCollaborative cultureParent and community partnersStrong school structure
Continuous Reflective LearningTeaching Learning Cycle is used Assess ReflectPlanTeachStudent achievement is continuously monitored, recorded, reported, and used for instruction.
Teaching Learning Cycle TLCStandards and benchmarks have been identified.The expectation is that student learning is more important than coverage of the textbook.Learning takes place in the classroom. Students that dont meet the standard are re-taught until they learn.
TLC Step 1: AssessClassroom assessment is critical in the TLC. Teachers must become expert assessment creators, interpreters, and planners using data.
TLC Step #2: ReflectReview the data. Explain.What can the data tell us?Consider strengths, areas for improvement, patterns.
TLC Step 3: PlanWhat types of instructional activities will provide the learning experiences for students to reach the learning target? Students rarely learn in one experience. Create multiple learning opportunities in several content areas.
TLC Step 4: TeachStudents learn in many different ways. Create a variety of learning experiences that are aligned with the learning target.