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The Successful Practices Network facilitates the sharing of best practices and innovative ideas among its member schools. Each member school is visited by an SPN coach who meets with the leadership team of the school to identify successful practices that will be shared to the full membership. These successful practices range from school program and course curriculum to projects or individual classes’ programs and activities. These successful practices are solicited based on their impact on student achievement and growth. All successful practices are consistent with the idea that rigor relevance and relationships for ALL students.  These descriptions are associated with the individual school that submitted them. Successful practices that are reviewed highly are often subjects of future podcasts and webinars to facilitate greater discussion and dissemination.

 

Benefits:

  • “Real world” successful practices that are tested and proven in the schools.
  • Connected to shared pedagogy of Rigor/Relevance/Relationships for ALL students
  • Format encourages schools to be innovative
  • Helps schools who are experiencing challenges find similar schools who are finding success
  • Successful practices are used to begin partnerships around persistent problems among member schools.

 

You can search the Successful Practices by completing the search indicators below.  Questions can be directed to Dale Eggebraaten, dale@spnet.us

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26 April, 201126 April, 2011
Redstone Elementary values continuous professional development and "Reaching Every Child Every Day". We have created a system on ongoing staff development to foster a learning culture and support our goals.
Components of School Excellence:
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Personal Skill Development
25 April, 201125 April, 2011
About three years ago, CMS started a Coffee Shop for our staff that was fully staffed by Special Education students. One of our Special Education teachers volunteered to be the Advisor after hearing what our objectives were for these students. Here are the objectives that we wanted to accomplish with our Special Education Coffee Shop:
1. Students will learn real-world skills. 2. Students will learn about how a small business works. 3..Students will learn how technology supports/relates...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
Learning Criteria:
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Career Development Plan
  • Multiple Pathways
  • High Expectations
15 April, 201115 April, 2011
Nighthawk News was developed as a club almost seven years ago in response to student interest in film production and to align with the strong program already in place at the high school. The first attempt to introduce video was through the creation of a film club. The student response was phenomenal, over one hundred kids responded. The problem was we only had two cameras and no concrete plans for two nights of after school activites. We recruited teachers and created breakout sessions on ed...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Accelerated / AP Enrollments
  • Co-curricular/ Clubs Participation
  • Career Development Plan
  • Internship or Career Shadowing
  • Partnerships
  • Multiple Pathways
  • High Expectations
11 April, 201111 April, 2011
According to youth development professionals, peer-mentoring programs create positive outcomes for youth. These programs provide growth and learning opportunities for both mentors and mentees.

ROCK Stars are student ambassadors who represent RHMS in a variety of ways including mentoring new students, participating in Early Flight and Passages programs, and providing tours for incoming special needs students. They greet parents and shadow students to ease their transition to RHMS. ROCK St...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Learner Engagement
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
11 April, 201111 April, 2011
In K-12 education there are a few natural transitions for a student that mark a significant event. The transition from elementary to middle school is one of those events. Not only is the student transitioning to middle school, parents are also making
the transition. Schools often provide programs for the students which ease the transition for kids, teaching them strategies and systems that will help them with the academic and social expectations of their new school. Such programs have over...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Co-curricular/ Clubs Participation
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
6 April, 20116 April, 2011
The Hawk Leader program is a student-run mentoring program that was implemented to help aid the transition for incoming underclassmen from junior high to high school. The main goal is to alleviate anxiety to help students feel more connected and comfortable at Olathe East. By doing this, our intent was to help students new to Olathe East engage with our school more quickly both academically and socially. Our mentors were initially junior and senior students that worked with small grou...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate
  • Attendance
  • We Learn Surveys
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
5 April, 20115 April, 2011
“Tied to the Arts” is a celebration of all forms of art created at Rocky Heights Middle School, culminating in a year-end display of student and faculty fine art presentations. It was intitiated with the opening of the school in 2003. The goal of the art show was to exhibit one piece of artwork from each student who had taken an art class, and showcase all performing arts programs at Rocky Heights. This includes choir, orchestra, band and drama. The first “Tied to the Arts” festival ...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Refine Process on an Ongoing Basis.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Co-curricular/ Clubs Participation
  • Career Development Plan
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
1 April, 20111 April, 2011
Research indicates there is a high correlation between school success and the level of
relationships that are formed in a school setting. If students feel there are adults who
care about them on a daily basis there will be higher a level of success: both
emotionally and academically. Transitioning into a new school can be a very
emotionally charged time for many students. Rocky Heights has a school population of
1350 students, grades 6-8. Our four feeder elementaries have 350-400 student...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Embrace a Common Vision and Goals — Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships for ALL Students.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Address Organizational Structures.
  • Monitor Progress/Improve Support Systems.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
15 March, 201115 March, 2011
Our school has adopted "Bluejacket Pride" as part of our implementation of positive behavioral supports for our students. All of our students have been taught our expectations in the halls, entering and exiting the building, in the bathroom, and in the cafeteria. The idea is to create common language in our school and to promote high expectations in the area of behavior. We provide a student with a "Bluejacket pride" ticket when we notice a student following the expectations they have been...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
Learning Criteria:
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • High Expectations
  • Safe / Orderly Schools
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Public Resource 10 March, 201110 March, 2011
This is a unique, research-based, experiential education class that engages students to be active partners in their learning. Freshman students will learn the prerequisites and Journey core concepts of self confidence, trust, perseverance, self expression, communication (verbal/non-verbal, written, and audio-visual), creativity and the importance of collaboration.

Activities and integrated curriculum include but are not limited to: adventure programming (rock climbing trips and indoor cli...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Stretch Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate
  • High Expectations


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