Learning Initiatives

Professional Learning Communities – Relaunch


During the 2016 – 2017 school year all Ferndale School’s embarked on a deliberate relaunch and made a renewed commitment to understanding and embracing the core ideals and practices of Professional Learning Communities.  This work is pointed directly at improving student learning by increasing the quantity and focus of collaborative work being done by teams of teachers working together to solve learning problems.  Following the model created by the Solution Tree Group and published in the book “Learning By Doing”, we are working together to learn how to answer these four essential questions:

What do students need to know and be able to do?

How will we know when they have learned it?

What will we do when they haven’t learned it?

What will we do when they already know it?

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The Big Three

Three “Big Ideas”, which are based on our strategic commitments, are guiding our work in Ferndale School District.

1.   Advancing Core Instruction

Creating a school improvement plan for every school

Developing and implementing a consistent program to

deploy the Common Core State Standards into all classrooms at all grades

Completing a revision of the Elementary Report Card and Progress Report

2.   Increasing the Graduation Rate

Putting in place an electronic early warning system of dropout indicators

Implementing a one-to-one mentorship program for students

Starting a campaign that connects our entire community to the efforts of a PreK-12 graduation process

3.  Improving Communication, Culture and Sense of Community

Redesigning the district website

Implementing Best Year Ever strategies like being more present in schools and in the community, reporting good news stories, and developing new holiday procedures

Conducting an education equity audit of our policies, practices and programs

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

PBIS is our framework for talking about student behavior.  In 2013, our administrative team made a long term commitment to bring the PBIS framework to all Ferndale Schools.  In 2014 our school board made adoption and implementation of PBIS a policy.  We are now engaged in the long term process of developing and refining PBIS best practices at all schools.

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Teacher Principal Evaluation Project 

TPEP is our evaluation and professional development aged in the long term process of developing and refining PBIS best practices at all schools.

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 The Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

In 2011 we adopted the Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning Framework as our tool for talking about teaching.  Developed by the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington  “The 5D+” is designed to give teachers and instructional leaders the precise language they need to talk about and refine teaching practices in every classroom.

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Homework Study Group

It’s been more than five years since we updated our policy regarding homework in Ferndale School District. It is time to reopen the conversation.  We are currently seeking names of all parents, teachers, community members, and students who are interested in working with us to re-examine the role of homework across all grade levels and content areas.

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