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Title: Update to State Board of Education


1
Update to State Board of Education
  • December 2012

2
Educational Philosophy
  • Place-based learning
  • Connects kids to the community
  • Uses the social and natural environment as an
    additional classroom
  • Integrated learning experiences
  • Authentic, hands-on, real world learning
    experiences
  • Science, Art Civics are the primary lenses
  • Small class and school size

3
Why Southwest Charter School?
  • Fewer educational options in SW Portland
  • 28 public options on the east side of Portland
  • 6 public options on the west side of Portland
  • Small class size small school size
  • Community involvement
  • Authentic, place-based
  • learning

4
History of Southwest Charter
  • 2007-2008Year One
  • Granted State Charter in May 2007
  • Opened in Fall 2007
  • 29 students
  • 3 teachers, 1 aide, director office manager
  • Grew to 45 students by end of 2007-08
  • Added 2 ADA bathrooms several other smaller
    modifications to receive a temporary occupancy
    permit

5
History of Southwest Charter
  • 2008-2009 Year Two
  • Grew to about 58 students
  • Added 1 teacher for total of 4 teachers
  • Converted office space to a fourth classroom
  • Began own After School Enrichment program

6
History of Southwest Charter
  • 2009-2010 Year Three
  • Grew to about 120 students
  • Operated in two locations apx. 2 miles apart
  • Added 3 teachers for total of 7 teachers
  • Granted a renewal of charter for 3 additional
    years
  • Earned an Outstanding report card

7
History of Southwest Charter
  • 2010-2011 Year Four
  • Grew to about 140 students
  • Added 2 teachers for total of 9 teachers
  • Started late (9/22) due to construction delays
  • Operated in temporary facility through February
  • Executed mid-year move to new facility (March 1)
  • First Artist-in-Residence
  • Earned an Outstanding Report Card
  • Middle School Students won statewide Project
    Citizen

8
History of Southwest Charter
  • 2011-2012 Year Five
  • Grew to about 190 students
  • First full year in new facility
  • Added NWEA MAP testing
  • More professional development for teachers/staff
  • Revised and improved writing curriculum
  • Worked to upgrade HVAC, school visibility
    playground
  • Second Artist-in-Residence permanent mural
    installation
  • Second Project Citizen statewide win for 7th/8th
  • Began long-term strategic planning

9
Annual Themes
  • 2011/12 Earth
  • Land animals, plants, soil, geology, volcanoes,
    cartography, ceramics, landscapes, human uses of
    the land
  • 2012/13 Sky
  • Birds, flying insects, the solar system, space,
    the Big Sky painters, mobiles wind
    sculptures, air quality, weather
  • 2013/14 Water
  • Physical aspects of water, watercolor painting,
    marine aquatic animals, wetlands

10
Field Work
  • An integral part of the learning at SWCS
  • Authentic experiences for students
  • Broadens their concept of where learning happens
  • Connects classroom learning with real world
    application
  • Behavior must be top-notch to participate

11
Field Work
  • Over 150 field work experiences this year
  • Weekly trips to neighborhood resources (e.g.
    Community Garden, Cottonwood Bay)
  • Library trips at grade levels 1-8 (monthly)
  • Art experiences
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Theater Music performances
  • Science experiences
  • OMSI
  • Outdoor school multi-day trips for grades 4-8
  • Pond studies at Oaks Bottom for grades K-2
  • Civics experiences
  • Project Citizen in Salem follow-up with City
    Council
  • Houses of Worship for World Religions project
  • Local businesses/community partners (e.g.
    Portland Streetcar Metro)
  • Portland connections Chinatown, Downtown, OHSU,
    local nonprofits for internships

12
Student Assessment
  • State tests
  • 100 participation
  • High points this year
  • Met or exceeded state average in
  • Reading 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th
  • Math 5th, 6th, 8th
  • Science 5th 8th
  • 15 of those testing have IEPs
  • Percent meeting/exceeding standards this year
    improved in
  • Reading 3rd, 5th, 8th
  • Math 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Science 5th, 8th

13
Student Assessment
  • NWEAs Methods of Academic Progress
  • Tests for grades K-8
  • Tests in reading, math language
  • High points this year
  • Learned how to implement interpret data
  • Average scores of 100 classes grades 1-8 showed
    growth

14
Student Assessment
  • Areas where SWCS students exceeded NWEA norms at
    Spring test

Reading Math Language
2nd 2nd 3rd
3rd 3rd 5th
4th 4th 7th
5th 5th 8th
6th
7th
8th
15
Student Assessment
  • Project-based rubrics
  • Individualized student goals
  • Create portfolios of student work
  • Use pre/post tests in many subjects
  • Standards-based report cards
  • MAP in 2012/2013 aligned to Common Core

16
Student Demographics
  • Gender
  • 65 Boys
  • 35 Girls
  • Race/ethnicity
  • 5 Hispanic/Latino
  • 2 American Indian
  • 5 Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 3 African American
  • 10 Multi-racial
  • 80 White

17
Student Demographics
  • 12 qualify for free/reduced lunch program
  • Students represent 9 different school districts
  • 80 from Portland Public Schools
  • 16.6 disabled or identified with special needs

18
Students with Disabilities
  • 11 of our current students have IEPs
  • 7 have 504 plans
  • 6 are currently being evaluated

19
Grades 7 8 at SWCS
  • 2 Project Citizen statewide wins
  • Policy-based solutions to community problems
  • Last year School Visibility
  • Drama Romeo Juliet
  • Abridged but in the original
  • language
  • More intensive field work
  • 8-week internships
  • Career internships

20
Grades 7 8 at SWCS
  • 8th grade student won the Weekly Reader National
    Student Non-fiction Writing Contest
  • Elise Gonsalves

21
Reaching Out
  • Student teachers
  • 2 student teachers last year 3 this school year
  • Place-based Learning
  • Participate/present with Lewis Clarks PBE
    Consortium
  • Community Partnerships
  • Portland Parks Recreation
  • Metro
  • SW Business Association
  • SW Neighborhood Association
  • Portland Streetcar
  • Other local charters

22
Final Thoughts
  • We get out of the classroom and learn in
    nature.
  • -SWCS Student
  • My voice is heard.
  • -SWCS Student
  • I love that the community accepts me,
  • and no one is left out.
  • -SWCS Middle School Student
  • I have experienced more than what most average
    middle schoolers would.
  • -SWCS Middle School Student
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