Most Likely To Succeed

WCSU HOSTS SCREENING OF SUNDANCE-SELECTED DOCUMENTARY, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED 

Windsor Central Supervisory Union is one of more than 3,500 communities working to re-imagine the purpose of education
On Thursday, February 8th, the Windsor Central Supervisory Union will take part in Most Likely to Succeeds worldwide campaign to re-imagine education. The acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of—if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and AFI DOCS. It’s been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school. In the past year, more than 3,500 communities have booked a screening of Most Likely to Succeed

The purpose of this event is to foster meaningful discussion among educators, administrators, parents, and students about how current obstacles can be overcome and steps towards change can be taken on a local level. Born out of these conversations is a community-wide commitment to moving forward; transformational initiatives are undertaken and real change is ignited. This event is open to the public. Please visit mltsfilm.org for more information about the film and movement. 

Documentary: “Most Likely to Succeed” (followed by panel discussion)

Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm @ Woodstock Town Hall Theater

  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Introduction and Showing of “Most Likely to Succeed”
  • 8:40 pm - 9:30 pm -  Panel Discussion: Re-imagining education to better equip students for the realities of the 21st century economy

 

 

Windsor Central Supervisory Union is looking for educators, parents, community members, business leaders and current and former high school students to participate in a working group that will help create our district’s “Portrait of a Graduate.” Simply stated, a portrait of a graduate defines what we believe is most critical for our students to know and be able to do by the time they graduate from Woodstock Union High School. To get a better sense of the goal, please click here to see what Fairfax County, VA Public Schools developed for their Portrait of a Graduate .
 
Having this profile well articulated will help inform the district’s strategic priorities that will be developed next fall and the instructional decision making across our schools. Please consider lending your voice and perspective to this important project.                  
 
This work is part of an ongoing community discussion that started early this year and includes an upcoming screening of the Most Likely to Succeed documentary and the establishment of a district-wide Innovation in Learning Study Group. Our conversation is focused on how Windsor Central Supervisory Union can best prepare students for a rapidly changing, interconnected digital world and exploring and learning from how other learning institutions are meeting this challenge.

High School Mid-Term Exam Schedule 2017-2018

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The Human Condition is fundamental to all of us as human beings, though we may not always be aware of its presence or fully understand its meaning. Recently Mr. duPont's Studio II students undertook a project where they explored different aspects of the Human Condition by transforming a photograph into a charcoal drawing. As they engaged with the medium they also began to understand how to convey meaning through their work. A written Artist Statement accompanies each drawing explaining the artist’s interpretation of the Human Condition and what the viewer can get out of the image. Click on the image to view the entire gallery.

This week author/publisher/poet Peter Money visited Mr. Reid's 10th and 11th grade English classes for a poetry workshop and career exploration presentation.  Mr. Money shared stories about his various writing projects, collaborations and inspirations for his work.  He engaged students in a writing exercise on metaphor, by encouraging students to write their "first thought, best thought" and consider the transformative qualities of perspective and ideas through words.  Quoting his college professor, the late Allen Ginsberg, he told students to "start where you are" and "pay attention to what you are thinking".  He then revealed some objects from a distance and asked students to do three things in writing: react, respond, conclude. By the end of the workshop students had written some thoughtful lines of poetry and had a better understanding of what Ginsberg's teacher William Carlos Williams meant with "no ideas but in things".  Last he reminded students to think of poetry as the Greeks did, and be sure that it had music, logic and originality.

Here are samples of student  writing:

 
"Little foot
between two hands,
caring, holds
my brother has grown
and continues
he walks and walks
and the footprint grows"
 
"A black dot
The yin and yang, 
unbalanced, into being
centered in an eye of thought
with one conclusion to be your vision"

Student Vid ProfLearning2

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z4i35UpEy1su4PbIXJcpbV0RKggWhipI/view

As we near the end of the third checkpoint, we decided to ask some students what they think of learning under this new proficiency system. We value their insight into how this system is working for them and are gratified to hear that they appreciate the opportunity to practice skills and receive feedback several times before the summative assessments. We will use their comments about the timing of summative assessments to evaluate other options for the future.  Check out what the students have to say here.

 

Additional context and definitions  

Tenth grade students are in their second year of proficiency-based learning and have been joined by 9th graders this year. Under this system, students work on skills for Anchor Standards (such as Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking/Listening for English class) completing practice work called formative assessments and receiving feedback on how to improve prior to completing the larger summative assessments.

The assessments are scored as follows:

1= beginning work on the standard

2= approaching the standard

3= proficient on the standard

4= distinguished on the standard

Students are given checklists and rubrics on assignments that tell them what needs to be demonstrated to reach these levels and only the summative scores are placed on report cards.  A teacher will use summative Anchor Standard scores, along with their professional judgment about student achievement and growth over time, to determine the end of year assessment.

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