Principal and Leadership Team Institute, Berkeley October 4, 2006Winter 2007 | Admin | January 21, 2007 at 6:21 pm
Anderson Middle School, Cascade Union Elementary School District
As a returning school to the California GEAR UP program, Anderson MS continues their work to develop a college-going culture. Several of their successful strategies include organizing an off campus staff retreat, using the services of the Parent Institute for Quality Education to connect with families, and motivating students by publicizing the GEAR UP Educational Trust Award scholarships.
When faced with dissension over the school focus and the strategies to implement change, the staff used facilitators to narrow the focus and come to common agreement.
Longfellow Middle School has continued their focus on parent outreach. The staff recognizes the importance of building trust and connections with families. Two effective strategies are hiring staff, especially bilingual office personnel, to meet the needs of the parents and focusing on building community.
Services of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) continue to be funded by other school resources. Graduates of previous PIQE classes do outreach to new parents.
Staff development for teachers includes the examination of data and connecting that data to an action.
The students are collectively organized into four houses named for colleges or universities. Academically the students are teamed by course: English with Social Studies and Science with Mathematics. Students have a seven period day, attending PE and exploratory classes daily. The exploratory classes give students a nine-week exposure to elective classes in school to career exploration, todays teens, performing arts and college prep/leadership.