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Instructional Inquiry Project

Instructional Inquiry Project

Hali Plummer and

Reilly Condidorio

Curriculum 511

Dr. Peck

Spring 2013

A Description of the community and its demographics:

Victor is a town in Ontario County in western New York. Victor lies on the edge of Monroe County. Due to Victor falling in Ontario County it’s in the Finger Lakes area. It has a “small town feel” with big city surroundings. Victor, as a town, provides residents with recreational programs and events, parks, hiking trails, golf courses, shopping, and dining opportunities. Examples of some of these entertaining opportunities are: The Eastview Mall, Olive Garden, Bonefish Grill, Giovanni’s Ristorante, Ravenwood and Cobblestone Creek Golf Courses, Maryfrances Bluebird Park, Fishers Park, and Lehigh Crossing Park.

We found some literacy related areas that Victor’s community produces. Some newspapers and magazines in this area include: The Canandaigua Daily Messenger, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Victor Post and The Shopping News. The Victor Voice Newsletter is available three times a year, and issues are available online. Victor’s Public Library is a source of literacy for the community as well. It offers more than just a selection of resources. Some activities that are offered are; Hang Around Victor Day Book Sale, Be a Star…Buy a Book for the Library, School Break Activities, Booked for the Evening Book Discussions, and Winter/Spring Story Times. Each of these are described and printed in the town’s newsletter and advertised in the Library (See Appendix B). While driving through the town of Victor there is an abundance of environmental print. Examples of these are road signs, small and large business signs, print on vehicles, and welcome signs around the town.

Victor is divided into two sections: the town and the village. Each section has its own demographics provided by the Census Bureau. There are multiple areas included in the demographics. The areas that we chose to focus on are: total population, race, school enrollment, languages spoken, employment, and income. According to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Victor’s total population of the town is 14,275 people. Out of this total number 815 people are under the age of 5. Also, based on this total number of 14,275 people there were multiple race populations involved:

•White 95.1%

•Asian 2.3%

•Hispanic/Latino 1.9%

•Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0%

•American Indian and Alaska Native .2%

•Black or African American .8%

•Some other race .4%

Within these multiple race populations there are multiple languages spoken in the home. The population of children over the age of 5 is 12,559. Based on this total 95.1% of people speak English only. There are then a total of 621 people that speak a language different than English:

•Spanish 1.1%

•other Indo-European languages 3.2%

•Asian and Pacific Islander languages .6%

•other languages 0% The total number of people, in the town of Victor, over the age of 16 that are employed is 10,131. For income and benefits the 2010 Census Bureau took the total income of 5,224 households. This total number includes various income and benefits per year:

•Less than $10,000, 1.5%

•$10,000-$14,999, 1.8%

•$15,000-$24,999, 4.6%

•$25,000-$34,999, 8.1%

•$35,000-$49,999, 11.9%

•$50,000-$74,999, 18.2%

•$75,000-$99,000, 12.3%

•$100,000-$149,999, 21.7%

•$150,000-$199,999, 8.7%

•$200,000 or more, 11.2%

Based on analyzing Victors Early Childhood Education Center we looked at the school enrollment of early childhood students. The total population that is enrolled in school over the age of 3 is 3,909. The number of children enrolled in nursery school and preschool is 317 which is 8.1%. Also, the number of children enrolled in Kindergarten is 199 which is 5.1%.

Again, according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Victor’s village total population is 2,696 people. Out of this total number 160 people are under the age of 5. Also, based on this total number of 2,696 people there were multiple race populations involved:

•White 96.4%

•Asian .9%

•Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0%

•American Indian and Alaska Native .3%

•Black or African American .3%

•Hispanic/Latino 1.9%

•Some other race .3%

Within these multiple race populations there are multiple languages spoken in the home. The total number of people 5 years and over is 2,495. Based on this total 96.3% people speak English only. There are then a total of 93 people that speak languages other than English:

•Spanish .9%

•Other Indo-European languages 2.5%

•Asian and Pacific Islander languages .3%

•Other languages 0%

The total number of people employed in the Town of Victor over the age of 16 is 2,059. The 2010 Census Bureau took the income and benefits of 1,079 households. This total number includes various income and benefits per year:

•Less than $10,000, 3.9%

•$10,000-$14,999, 4.4%

•$15,000-$24,999, 5.7%

•$25,000-$34,999, 9.5%

•$35,000-$49,999, 13.8%

•$50,000-$74,999, 22.6%

•$75,000-$99,000, 12.6%

•$100,000-$149,999, 18.8%

•$150,000-$199,999, 4.3%

•$200,000 or more, 4.3%

Based on analyzing Victors Early Childhood Education Center we looked at the school enrollment of early childhood students. The total population that is enrolled in school over the age of 3 is 820. The children enrolled in nursery school and preschool is 6.7% of that total and the children enrolled in Kindergarten is 2% of that total.

A Description of the school and its demographics:

Based on Victor being an extremely large community filled with members in both the town and village, it is safe to say that Victor’s School District will be quite large. The Victor School District is comprised of five different school buildings on one campus. Victor Senior High School is home to more than 1,300 students in grades 9-12 and employs approximately 121 staff members throughout the building. Students at the High School are offered more than 120 courses in ten different academic departments. Victor Junior High School has more than 600 students and approximately 70 staff members to walk their hallways each day for the grades of 7-8. The Junior High is based on three instructional teams. Each team provides instruction in the core subject areas of language arts, social studies, math, and science. Victor Intermediate School consists of over 850 students in grades 4-6 and has more than 90 staff members. Victor Primary School includes students in Kindergarten through third grade with approximately 900 students. There are100 staff members that are committed to providing the best possible education and environment for students. The staff at the primary school use a developmental approach to learning, teachers make decisions in the classroom based upon their knowledge and understanding of child development.

The last building, and the building we will be focusing our instructional inquiry on, is Victor’s Early Childhood Education Center. This Early Childhood Center consists of four first grade classes, thirteen Kindergarten classes, six half-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten classes and two Good Start classes. There are approximately 500 children within the center and about 50 staff members throughout. The schedule throughout this building is morning Pre-K classes: 9:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m., afternoon Pre-K classes: 12:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m., and Kindergarten and first grade: 8:50 a.m.-3:05 p.m. Since this Early Childhood Center is the first stop to a child’s education it can be said to be the basis and most important start to the success and future for each child. To assure that each child has ample opportunities to be successful, the Early Childhood Education Center offers a wide variety of programs to meet individual needs and maximize student learning.

As stated above, Victor’s Early Childhood Education Center holds approximately 500 students (in Pre-Kindergarten-First grade). The average class size within the school is 20 students. Based on the center’s report card and demographics there is a 94% annual attendance rate. With the large amount of students attending this school there is 12% eligibility for free or reduced lunch. Based on the approximated 500 students the demographics include:

•88% white

•4% Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander

•3% American Indian or Alaskan Native

•2% Hispanic or Latino

•2% Black or African American

These are the demographic rates for only one out of the five-school buildings within Victor’s School District. As a whole school community, there are approximately 4,150 students and 431 staff members.

Relationship between the community and Early Childhood Education Center demographics:

After researching the demographics of Victor’s community as a whole and Victor’s Early Childhood Education Center we saw that there were direct relationships between the two. The most direct relationship shown we feel was race. Based on the schools race 88% of students were white. Overall for the community (town and village) the total population is 16,971 people. Out of this total number for the community 16,170 people are white. This leaves 801 people to be a difference race. The next largest race within the center was Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander at 4%. This is also true throughout the community with a total number of 354 people. Based on the other three