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The LEAD Instructional Model

LEAD Public Schools prepares all of our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in life.

To fulfill LEAD’s mission, it is vital that LEAD students engage in a rigorous and coherent academic program, which ensures college and career readiness by emphasizing the TN Academic Standards in a student-centered environment.

For this reason, LEAD has chosen to implement Frameworks for Instruction in each of its core content areas. Each framework includes a balance of instructional formats, strategies, and content. The instructional formats relate to the optimum way that people learn any new skill or information:  modeling, sharing, guiding, and developing independence. This model provides a flexible structure for the teacher to assess what individual students need and to give the students the support to learn and practice strategies so that they can become strong readers, critical thinkers, problem solvers, and precise writers through a gradual release of responsibility.

The framework in English Language Arts integrates reading and writing with a strong emphasis on close reading and writing from sources. The math model promotes deep conceptual understanding of mathematics fundamentals and flexible problem solving of complex, non-routine problems. Social Studies is driven by concept-based instruction with a strong emphasis on methods of inquiry, analysis, evaluation of primary and secondary sources, and effective communication of thoughts and ideas to take informed action. Through our framework for science, students develop the scientific habits of mind, inquiry and reasoning, as they learn new scientific concepts and skills.

Standards: For the 2016-2017 school year LEAD uses Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. Science and Social Studies instruction is planned using Tennessee Academic Standards.

Core Instructional Materials: LEAD has adopted EngageNY and College Preparatory Math as the primary resources for ELA and math instruction to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Socials Studies materials include Document Based Questions and Nystrom Interactive Classroom resource. Science materials will be determined in 2017.

Scope and Sequence:  Scope and Sequence documents align standards to the core instructional materials, provide pacing guides for teachers, and make connections to the LEAD Instructional Framework.  LEAD has developed scope and sequence documents for ELA, math, social studies, and science.

Effective Teaching

“Teaching is complex, and great practice takes time, passion, high-quality materials, and tailored feedback designed to help each teacher continuously grow and improve.”  Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready-U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project Final Research Findings (2013).

LEAD Public Schools brings together research and experience to understand what effective instruction looks like.

Our goal is to be the most disciplined about using research, reflection, and real-time data to understand what great teaching looks like in the classroom. We study the latest research to ensure that we are up-to-date on what is proven to work for underserved students. We have a three-pronged approach to professional development that dedicates time to developing teacher content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and taxonomy of instructional moves. We take time – 2 weeks in the summer, biweekly content meetings, and quarterly data days - to reflect as a professional community on how we can improve as educators. And, we are rigorous in our use of data to understand if we are closing the achievement gap for all our students.

Effective teachers are accountable for moving their students along the path to mastery.  All LEAD students are expected to meet rigorous learning standards in four areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Teachers of all grade levels use these standards to ensure that their students are progressing towards success in high school, college, and life.