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DATE: 5/16/12

MANDATORY May LAW & GOVERNMENT HOUSE MEETING

MINUTES: PERIOD 5

LOCATION: ROOM 218

FACILITATOR: MR. BOLAN
ATTENDEES:
Law& Government House Staff Members

AGENDA ITEMS
  • Quality Review. We must be 100% ready. All bulletin boards must have :rubric, current work, next steps, task, no excuses.
  • The QR will expect technology to be used as we are a technology school.
  • Rooms must be clean and neat. The visual piece is very important.
  • Consider bringing kids up to smart board to interact to technology.
  • Essential Pieces a) differentiation b) how are we addressing ELL's & kids with disabilities.
  • Both teachers must take a role in the I.C.T classes.
  • Must show turn & talk not chalk & talk.
  • There should be a reason why kids are seated in a certain group.
  • Don't have your smartboard in a corner. The smartboard should be in use.
  • We should be able to discuss rigor with visitors. Should also be able to address ideas discussed throughout the year.
  • If you travel or you are sharing a room, you should have evidence of students work up somewhere.
  • Be able to discuss rigor with visitors. Should also be able to address ideas discussed throughout the year.
  • Consider having a copy of a lesson plan & or copy of graphic organizers just in case they ask for it.
Hall sweeps are not the answer. Teachers should be present in the hallways. Call parents to show that we have done all we can to get the kid to behave.
  • Unfortunately discipline isn't always immediate.
  • The deans are sometimes out of the buildings for hearings.
  • Teachers should be proactive by calling parents.
  • We should try to keep a positive relationship with school safety.
  • Should not give passes all the time. Can't kick kids out of our room.

DATE: 1/26/12

MANDATORY JANUARY LAW & GOVERNMENT HOUSE MEETING

MINUTES: PERIOD 5

LOCATION: ROOM 218

FACILITATOR: MR. BOLAN
ATTENDEES:
Law& Government House Staff Members

AGENDA ITEMS

  • QR FEB 1, 2012 (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)
Mr. Bolan reminded staff members to implement the following items in preparation for the school’s upcoming Quality Review.

    1. Classroom bulletin boards should be updated with current work for the month of January 2012. The task, assigned rubric, and teacher comments/feedback should be clearly displayed for student published work. Additionally, teachers should include the next steps for improvement on each piece of student work.
    2. Teachers were encouraged to maintain their classroom environment. Floors and desks should be free of clutter.

Mr. Bolan commended Mr. Palmeri and Ms. Taylor for collecting the names for this quarter’s Student of the Month. Ms. Taylor shared that staff members submitted the names of four deserving students.

Mr. Bolan added that teachers should acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of students in their individual classes.

Mr. Bolan observed that teachers were doing a splendid job with classroom instruction in the area of behavioral management. Staff members were reminded that the use of technology is stressed in the school.
Mr. Bolan noted that the application and demonstration of the items listed below should be consistently evident in the classroom setting during classroom visits.

  1. Teachers should continually make an effort to use technology in classroom instruction and in ensuring student engagement.
  2. Using classroom SMART BOARDs and Achieve3000 applications were some of the methods that were offered as ways to succeed in engaging students and showing evidence of differentiation.
  3. Teachers were reminded to review student data especially for our ELLs and Former-ELLs.
  4. Each teacher was reminded to fully collaborate with their ESL counterparts to further support their shared students. The expectation is that each teacher is able to meaningfully discuss the academic weaknesses of their ELLs and Former-ELLs’and SWD. In addition, team-meeting notes with analysis and plans of action should be referenced when speaking with Quality Reviewers.

  1. Staff members were commended for their efforts in assisting students during extended-day. Quality Reviewers might inquire about how those sessions are being used to support students.

DANIELSON’S DOMAIN
1.2 CONCERNS

Mr. Bolan informed staff members that there should be observable evidence that high order level thinking questions are being posed during instruction.

Teachers were encouraged to give students as many opportunities to engage in accountable talk during the course of the lesson. It was noted that a teacher’s main role during discussion in the classroom is to be a facilitator.

Teachers were encouraged to be ready to discuss their rationale for assigning
Student groups.

Teachers were reminded that ARIS Data, informal and formal assessments
and team notes are all useful tools to make informed decisions about
Instructionally sound student grouping.


Mr. Bolan announced that classroom bulletin boards in Literacy
should reflect consistency within the Department. Writing Matters
compositions should be posted with the related rubric.

Mr. Bolan also advised staff members to periodically refer to the Common
Core State Standards during instruction along with having them posted
in the room.

To allay staff members concerns about Quality Reviewer expectations,
Mr. Bolan noted that teachers are already showing evidence of the
Danielson’s Framework by using technology and requiring students to record
the focus skill of the lesson in their notes.

Mr. Bolan further suggested that staff members employ a self-assessment
checklist to monitor their lessons/planning for evidence of rigor, use of
technology and student engagement.

Mr. Powers and Ms. Morrison shared their concerns with the group that the
Quality Review coincides with the All Day ESL Workshop. They noted that the
school tone would be adversely affected because many students will be in classes
without their regularly scheduled teachers in the room. Mr. Bernardin concurred
with their observations.


  • TEACHER TEAM MEETINGS


Mr. Bolan reminded staff members about the expectations for today’s scheduled teacher team meeting. Staff members were encouraged to refer to the “Looking at Student Work” protocol that was sent out by Administration in preparation for today’s meeting.



  • 37 AND A HALF MINUTES

Mr. Bolan commended all of the teachers for working hard with the impressive numbers of students attending the Extended-Day program.

Mr. Bolan reminded teachers that attendance to the program is further evidence that we are supporting our targeted students.



  • DEAN’S REPORT

Mr. Bernardin was applauded for his hard work in facilitating one of the best run House Assemblies in the building revolving around the movie “Shift Happens.”

Mr. Bernardin and Mr. Bolan reported that they are aware that a House Trip is still in the planning stages. A staff member suggested that a vote be held amongst our colleagues to take our students ice-skating.


  • GUIDANCE REPORT

Ms. Vardanov informed staff members that she is well aware that the presence of chronically absent students is a continuing issue in the building.

Ms. Vardanov and Mr. Bolan addressed a staff member’s concern that many parents from one class in particular had very low parent turn out for our school’s Parent Teachers Conference earlier in the year. The staff was informed that they were in the process of compiling a list of students that will be designated as “Promotion in Doubt.” A letters-alerting parent of their children’s status is pending.



  • OTHER

Mr. Bolan thanked the staff for attending the meeting and the group was dismissed.


Law & Government Meeting 1/12/12
Agenda
  1. Upcoming Quality Review
  2. PPT
  3. Upcoming Assessments
  4. Student of the Month
  5. School Safety
Good of The House
  • Quality Review on Feb 1, 2012
Mr. Burns will put out the indications in the weekly.
  • Bulletins must be updated for Quality Review. Feedback on student should show next steps.
  • Students goals should be evident in room. There should be class goals and goals for students w disabilities.
  • Teachers should be able to discuss their students and how they are differentiating.
  • Should talk what we are to help students succeed. Important for teachers to use DOE website to see what school needs to be considered "well developed".
  • Teacher Teams need to be able to discuss what we are doing with our identified at risk students. Should be able to discuss what is working and what is not.
  • Must always provide evidence.
  • Must familiarize ourselves with Danielson framework.
  • Ask more "why" questions. Rigor is important. Less talk and chalk.
  • During Achieve 3000 attempt to group kids with weakness together.
  • Very important not to teach "down" to L's or teach down to students w disabilities. Give these students opportunities to answer higher order thinking questions.
  • PPT information will be posted on wicki.
  • Assessments: Acuity in Math and Ela in the upcoming weeks. Stress the importance for students to take these test seriously.
  • Student of Month info to be handed to Mr. Palmeri & Mrs. Taylor.
  • Mr. Bolan discussed upcoming school safety meeting. Colleagues indicated the importance of discussing overcrowding at school safety meeting.
Extended Day Letter/Permisssion Slip to use for students during 37.5 minute session
Law & Government Meeting 11/22/11
Agenda
  1. School Safety
  2. New Challenge for Teachers
  3. Men of Strength
  4. Guidance Report
  5. Deans Report
  6. Positive Reinforcement
  7. Good of the House
School Safety
  • Read the weekly about the emphasis on our roles and responsibilities, e.g. homeroom responsibilities, and other things we can all do to make it easier for.
  • Emphasis: Instruction in the classroom.
    • Workshop Model: Students have to have time to share their own thoughts, have time for higher order thinking. Mini-lesson; Guided Practice; Independent Work; Share Out. Objectives on the board.
    • Expectations for classroom. Students must be in their seats.
  • We have to engage our students.
  • Review the piece in the weekly about the Workshop Model.
  • Discipline. When you are having trouble with students, you have to first reach out to parents, before you take the issue to the dean.

New Challenge for Teachers
Students have videotaped or audiotaped teachers in the classroom around the country.
Be sure you speak appropriately. Keep yelling to a minimum. Don’t lose your cool.

Guidance Report. Ms. Vardanoff is available to support teachers and students. Right now guidance counselors are working on high school applications. Planning to work with students in groups, who are absent a lot, or who have issues.

  • Let Ms. Vardanoff know of students who could use group meetings.
  • If you have issues with students, and you’ve gone to the A.P. and/or dean, follow up with emails.
  • Class 722. We are switching some students from 722 to other classes. We are switch students out, as a group.
  • Class 822. So far, only 1 teacher team has spoken to Mr. Bolan about class 822.
  • Contact guidance counselor: svardanov@schools.nyc.gov

Dean’s Corner. Make contact with parent, via letter or phone call, before contacting the dean. This is the ladder of referral. When Bernardin goes to a hearing, he needs a record of dates that teachers have called home, with dates that the child had detention.

Positive Reinforcement
Movie trip was great. Thanks to Ms. Ravizee and Mr. Bernardin.
Ms. Council is working on a bowling trip for February, and it is a lot of work.
If anyone wants to work, please see Ms. Council.
Trips create a positive buzz in the house. It is something they look forward to.
Mr. Bernardin met with a number of students, who could only come if their parent accompanied the student.

Thank Ms. Taylor and Mr. Palmeri for Student of the Month. We have expanded it.
If we play it up, it will have more meaning to them. Give them accolades to the whole class.

Ms. Morrison’s proposal:
Gold, Bronze, and Silver Honor Roll Students

Proposal for Bulletin Board: House Recognizes:
4 students of the month that house
Perfect Attendance
Gold, Bronze, and Silver Honor Roll Students

What about weighting SP class grades?

Men of Strength Club
Opportunity for some of our challenging students to have positive influences in their lives.
If you have one of those students in your class, speak to Mr. Bradshaw, but we’re not looking to pull kids out of the program.

House Meetings. Voluntary and Mandatory House Meetings. On our Learning Environment Survey, we didn’t do well in the are of how people felt about the building.

House meetings are the opportunity to work on what we need to fix. Please bring these concerns and suggestions.
Minutes for Voluntary Law & Government House Team Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time: 11:27-12:08

Location: Room


Facilitator: Mr. Bolan

Attendees: Law & Government Staff Members



Mr. Bolan discussed strategies to strengthen and maintain a positive tone in the building.

ITEMS DISCUSSED
Agenda Items

  • Bulletin Boards

Mr. Bolan informed staff that bulletin boards should be updated on a regular basis.

Mr. Bolan suggested that bulletin boards should be updated monthly.

Mr. Bolan observed that when outside visitors see bulletin boards with work from September displayed in November, it does not adequately reflect the instruction going on in the classroom to date.

  • School Safety
Mr. Bolan informed the staff that a Safety meeting was held, and many items were discussed.

Staff members were informed that more agents have been assigned to our school.

Mr. Bolan welcomed support from staff members to assist in maintaining a safe environment in the building.

Mr. Bolan responded to a staff member’s request to help with students during cafeteria duty.

He advised the staff member to speak with the Dean at the very start of the lunch period.

Safety Meeting Findings.

  1. Deans are requesting that students being sent to the dean’s office should be given a pass.
  2. School safety has stated that they are not required to address minor classroom disruptions. Their observation is that teachers are calling school safety for minor classroom infractions.
  3. Lunch duty support has been requested, and Mr. Morgan has been helping a great deal.


  • Student Achievement

Mr. Bolan thanked Ms. Taylor and Mr. Palmeri for Student of the Month
bulletin board displays.

Mr. Bolan requested that more categories be included in the next display.

Student of the Month Display Suggestions

Student of the Month selections based on academics from ESL, SP, Special
Education should be displayed.

Students with perfect attendance should be honored.

PARTING COMMENTS


Mr. Bolan urged staff members to continue being supportive.

Mr. Bolan urged staff members to enforce the measures in place for conduct.

Mr. Bolan thanked staff members in attendance for their dedication by voluntarily showing up for today’s meeting.

Minutes for Law & Government House Team Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time: 11:27-12:08

Location: Room 216


Facilitator: Mr. Bolan

Attendees: Law & Government Staff Members

Mr. Bolan addressed the concerns that classroom teachers are having as they relate to accommodating traveling teachers. Sharing board space and traveling teachers leaving the room in disarray are on the top of the list. Strategies were discussed. It is best to have meaningful and respectful dialogue with traveling teacher to remedy the situation.


ITEMS DISCUSSED

Mr. Bolan informed the staff that class program changes should stop soon. Mr. Bolan also encouraged staff members to communicate and share grades with colleagues that received children that were transferred from their classrooms.

Mr. Bolan shared that our school has 266 ELL students and 20 Special Education students that will be pulled out of various classes to receive support services.

Mr. Bolan stated that ELA and Math teachers should expect students to be pulled out of their classes as well for support services due to the large number of students in need of support.

Mr. Bernardin addressed the staff on several issues.
  • Students with perfect attendance, adherence to the school uniform policy, and excellent conduct would be invited to attend a movie in our auditorium.
  • Staff members were encouraged to make suggestions on different strategies to promote and reward positive student behavior.
  • Staff members offered class trips and “shout outs” as possible incentives.
  • Ms. Morrison suggested that school uniform compliance should be noted on the class section sheet.
  • Staff members were urged to continue reinforcing school-wide rules of conduct related to cafeteria behavior.
  • Mr. Bernardin requested that a Trip Planning Committee be initiated for the upcoming year. Several staff members volunteered.
  • Mr. Bernardin encouraged staff members to keep detailed records in regards to complying with the school’s discipline enforcement policy. Phone contact records, letters home to parents/guardians, and conferences should be documented to submit to the dean in the event that intervention by his office is eventually warranted.



Mr. Mindlin requested updated student class lists in order to keep up with recently transferred students.

Mr. Bolan informed the staff that our school was raising awareness of domestic violence through a student campaign run through Margaret’s Place under the leadership of Ms. Martin.

Ms. Morrison enquired about educational trips being planned for the upcoming academic year.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Time: 11:27-12:08

Location: Room 218


Facilitator: Mr. Bolan

Attendees: Law & Government Staff Members


Mr. Bolan discussed strategies to strengthen and maintain a positive tone in the building.

ITEMS DISCUSSED

Mr. Bolan commended the staff for encouraging students to adhere to our school’s uniform policy. He observed that a majority of the students were complying with the policy to date. He reviewed the expectation for homeroom teachers and parent contact for students that are out of dress code.

Mr. Bolan notified the staff that our next Law and Government House meeting would be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 in room 216.

Mr. Bolan advised staff members to discuss in their team meeting students that they would recommend for the October dance. The dance is a reward for excellent attendance, following school rules and working hard. Teachers should keep track of and submit the names of students that would not be allowed to attend our school’s Fall Dance based on not meeting the requirements listed below.

  1. Failure to comply with uniform policy.
  2. Failure to comply with the school’s behavior policy. There has been an intervention by the Dean.
  3. Failure to meet 100% attendance.


Mr. Bolan opened the meeting for staff members to voice their comments, questions, and concerns related to school issues.

  • Ms. Taylor requested that the Guidance Department and other departments that have information about students in crisis consult with classroom teachers.

Examples of crisis situations could be…

Is a student suffering from a chronic illness? Is the student a substance abuser? Has a student suffered the loss of a loved one? Has the student been removed from home because of safety issues, a natural disaster etc.?

She stated that teachers would then be better equipped to determine why a student is not performing well academically and adjust that student’s instruction accordingly.

  • Mr. Bolan responded to Mr. Palmeri’s and Ms. Taylor’s request for more support to enforce the school’s lateness policy. Mr. Bolan offered the following suggestions.

  1. Please inform the Law& Government House Guidance Counselor of the names of students in a teacher’s homeroom class that are absent for two or more consecutive day.
  2. Implement and review the classroom behavior contract for all students out of compliance with the school lateness policy.
  3. House Deans will be asked to continually review school-wide behavioral policies during scheduled House Assemblies.
  4. Staff will be invited to submit suggestions to the House Dean about areas of concern that could be addressed during House Assemblies.
  5. Child Protective Services should be contacted at the discretion of staff members in the event that a student’s attendance/tardiness is viewed as extreme.

  • Mr. S. Goldstein asked Mr. Bolan about Class 822 students that should be removed because of their inability to meet promotional criteria for advanced math.
  • Ms. Taylor also voiced concerns about Class 822 in relation to advanced ELA performance.

Mr. Bolan stated that there would be an opportunity to address those concerns once students have been placed in classes permamently.

  • Mr. Palmeri shared how he uses positive reinforcement in his classroom to promote strong academic achievement. Mr. Palmeri uses a token system to motivate and reward students for excellent behavior and improvement in their studies.
  • Ms. Taylor, Mr. Palmeri’s teacher team member, stated that she would use that strategy as a motivational tool.

PARTING COMMENTS


Mr. Bolan urged staff members to continue being supportive.

Mr.. Bolan urged staff members to enforce the measures in place for conduct.

Mr. Bolan urged staff members to identify 20 students in their teacher teams for targeted assistance.

Law & Govt House Meeting 9/15/11
Suggestion: Post the “Sample Format for Recording Team Meetings,” at the wiki, so people can download it and take notes on the word doc, and then easily post to wiki.
1. Sign up for teams.
Everyone has to sign up for a team. The lists will be submitted to Mr. Burns.
2. Thanks for being out in the hall. The monitoring is making a difference.
3. Homeroom Norms are working well. Keep it up.
4. Dress Code – Only 1 student has opted out, a child in 807.
If you have students out of dress code, it is our expectation that you will call their home. Keep a record of the call. After 3 times, speak to the dean and give students’ names and # of times you called to the dean.
5. Teacher Team Info is available at the

MS2172011TO2012
6. 2011-2012 Wiki – get on using username and password. Reply to what Mr. Burns sent you.
  • Go to wikispaces.com
  • Go to sign-in
  • Type in username
  • Type in password
Searc: ms2172011to2012.wikispaces.com/
Go to Teacher Team Info
Teacher Teams Expectations –
Interpreting the Data
Using the Data
Finding info for instructional decisions
By next Thursday, 9/22. Look through the rubric, go through guidelines for effective meetings, read Teacher Team Expectations.
SAMPLE FORMAT FOR RECORDING TEAM MEETINGS. You can use this sample format for taking notes and posting.
CREATING TEAMS
Idea – ELA and Math are the foundations of the teams. Social Studies, Science, Talent, Language then join.
Collaborative Inquiry and Overview Video, “I’m new…: https://www.arisnyc.org/connect/node/421070/community
Law & Govt House Meeting 9/15/11
Suggestion: Post the “Sample Format for Recording Team Meetings,” at the wiki, so people can download it and take notes on the word doc, and then easily post to wiki.
1. Sign up for teams.
Everyone has to sign up for a team. The lists will be submitted to Mr. Burns.
2. Thanks for being out in the hall. The monitoring is making a difference.
3. Homeroom Norms are working well. Keep it up.
4. Dress Code – Only 1 student has opted out, a child in 807.
If you have students out of dress code, it is our expectation that you will call their home. Keep a record of the call. After 3 times, speak to the dean and give students’ names and # of times you called to the dean.
5. Teacher Team Info is available at the

MS2172011TO2012
6. 2011-2012 Wiki – get on using username and password. Reply to what Mr. Burns sent you.
  • Go to wikispaces.com
  • Go to sign-in
  • Type in username
  • Type in password
Searc: ms2172011to2012.wikispaces.com/
Go to Teacher Team Info
Teacher Teams Expectations –
Interpreting the Data
Using the Data
Finding info for instructional decisions
By next Thursday, 9/22. Look through the rubric, go through guidelines for effective meetings, read Teacher Team Expectations.
SAMPLE FORMAT FOR RECORDING TEAM MEETINGS. You can use this sample format for taking notes and posting.
CREATING TEAMS
Idea – ELA and Math are the foundations of the teams. Social Studies, Science, Talent, Language then join.
Collaborative Inquiry and Overview Video, “I’m new…: https://www.arisnyc.org/connect/node/421070/community


Minutes from L&G 9/7 Meeting
Welcome to the Law & Government House
Presenter: Ed Bolan, A. P.


1. Discussion of Haim Ginnot quote/Essential Question
Tremendous responsibility. We can for forget that these children are children and their lives are at stake.
Greatest survival technique – they are children, you are the adult. It is not
Sense of Helplessness – important that we are in this together and we have people to work with. We are not alone here. We are not working in isolation. When you have a bad day, you want people to talk to and bounce ideas off of.


2. Learning Environment Survey
Safety and Respect. p. 1 6.7. Last year it was 7.3

Teachers
Academic Expectations - p. 4 We will make sure teachers are communicating with parents.

Parents
Schools tell me about my child. We will continue Family Nights, but we have to make phone calls home and emails.

Students threaten or bully other students, p. 6

Students
Students who get good grades in my school are respected by other students. (5.5) -
Every student should be known by a teacher. If you can’t help a kid, try to steer them in the right direction.

Safety and Respect
Adults at my school yell at students. There are times that it is effective, but you can’t be screaming in a child’s face, putting the child down.

p. 15
  • Order & Discipline are maintained in my school.
  • Students are often threatened and bullied.
  • Students use alcohol and illegal drugs.
  • Gang activity is a problem in my school.

Sarcasm is not okay.
First do no harm.

Idea - Advisor/Advisee – As teacher teams, we adopt students who are falling through the cracks.

Goal – UbDing
What would be a goal for the Safety and Respect –
  • 75 – 85
  • 95%

SUGGESTION – Teachers walk into the hallways during passing.
For our house, we are going to be out in the halls during changing times, as much as possible.

HOMEROOM NORMS
Keep students in seats until the bell rings.
If finish lesson early, have things for students to do.

IT IS A TEAM EFFORT. EVERYONE HAS TO BE ON BOARD.

GOAL – Teachers being in the hallways. We are not in the hallways screaming at people, but telling students to move along.

NORM – The norm is “I am out in the hallway.” There are days you can’t be in the hallway – you’re having an observation, a big lesson – that’s understandable. But the norm is that we’re out in the hallway. The more we collectively do, we can hit 80% on the survey.

Assembly Time on Mondays in the House. Teachable moments in classrooms. If we’re discussing bullying, ask students what is going on in assemblies. If something happened in the school – a fight – take a moment and discuss consequences. We want to teach the students life skills.

PASSES – Give students passes, if they are late or leaving the classroom.



September 7, 2011
House Meeting
Essential Question: What is my role/responsibility in improving school wide levels of safety and respect?


Agenda
  1. Introductions
  2. Haim Ginnot quote/Essential Question
  3. Overview of Learning Environment Survey
    1. Glow points
    2. Grow points
  4. Turn & Talk
  5. Share/Reflect


“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate; it’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated or a child humanized or de-humanized.”
Haim Ginott