Monday, March 15, 2010

Q&A with Robert Vise, Ph.D. with Pueblo City Schools

Pueblo City Schools
Q&A with Robert Vise, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Assessment and Technology

Pueblo City Schools, through the implementation of a community-led strategic plan that began in 2007, worked to recreate the District from the ground up. Today, Dr. Robert Vise Executive Director of Assessment and Technology at Pueblo City Schools, in Pueblo, Colorado says the District is offering professional development for all staff, applying a four phase implementation model, and utilizing the tools and technology available within Galileo K-12 Online.

What were the main things that the District implemented that you believe were responsible for your success?

We took incremental steps during the first year of implementation. They were called phases.

Phase One consisted of:
a. Building administrator and lead teacher training.
b. Building training only on what Galileo was and how to administer benchmark tests.
c. Cohort of teachers to select benchmarks to be tested based upon our curriculum mapper.
d. Cohort of teachers review benchmark tests before publishing.
Phase Two consisted of:
a. Training all staff in the analysis of benchmark tests.
b. Individualizing instruction based upon the results.
Phase Three consisted of:
a. Expanding administrators and teachers usage of various reports.
b. Expanding into the use of Instructional Dialogs.
Phase Four consists of:
a. Creating formative tests in other subject areas.
b. Also, working with Americas Choice, incorporating their pre and posttests
in math and literacy to measure growth using their initiatives.

How did you identify students needing additional instructional assistance?

Students were identified based upon their Individual Development Plan. Students who were not proficient were provided additional instruction and safety nets such as different forms of additional instruction. This could be a tier two or tier three intervention such as Navigator Literacy, Navigator Math, Lindamood-Bell reading instruction, and after school tutoring. And teachers were directed to use the Galileo K-12 Online Benchmark Results report and the three reports within.

What advice would you give to other districts who might want to implement an approach like yours?

Work heavily in the professional development for all. Also, work with administrators to fully understand the reports and to monitor teacher use of Galileo components through class walk throughs and Professional Learning Communities.

Anything else you would like to add?

The staff at ATI has been extremely helpful along the way. When we want something changed in the system or added, they are responsive. Best vendor I have worked with.

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