This outline is meant to help your Tuesday team explore the Characteristics of Effective Instruction resources organized in the Moodle site created by the Department of Education. Please note items in this wiki that must be completed by your PLC as identified with asterisks. The rest of this outline is meant to provide PLC's suggestions and ideas for processing resources found in the Moodle site.

By January 4, 2011
Each member in your Tuesday team needs to complete this survey to collect baseline data. This is required of all district staff.*
*Baseline Data - My Perception of CEI
Make sure everyone can log into the Moodle site that houses the information on Characteristics of Effective Instruction.
Determine roles and responsibilities of group members.
Select a format to keep notes for your team (google doc, wiki, web page, etc.) and send the link to Jen.

By January 11, 2011
Establish group norms.
Review baseline data - "My Perception of CEI" with team to inform ongoing discussions with each of the Characteristics of Effective Instruction.

There are 9 sections in the State-side Moodle course for the Characteristics of Effective Instruction. Progress through them in any order your group would like. At minimum, each group needs to read the Department of Education's Brief on each characteristic. Suggested mile markers are listed below and allow for discussion, looking at student work, and sharing teaching strategies implemented in the classroom.

Reminder: Building days (orange days on the calendary) are scheduled for January 25th and 27th.

By February 8, 2011
Section 1 - Open the Collaborative Learning Team Agenda Template as format for your group to use in capturing group notes. Use the remaining resources as your group needs dictate.
Section 2 - You may want to view these videos after looking at section 4
Section 3 - Use these resources as your group needs dictate

By February 15, 2011
Section 4 - *Download and read the pdf titled, "Universal Constructs." Process the information using one of the provided strategies (Meaning Making Protocol or Frayer Model). Feel free to explore other support materials based on your groups comfort level with the Universal Constructs. The video clip is a helpful resource.

Complete all of these sections by May 23, 2011. At minimum you must read and discuss the brief to complete a section. Use your group's perception data to determine priorities, length of time spent with each characteristic, and amount of additional resources used (student work, lesson plans, previous readings, etc.) beyond the briefs.
  • The Portfolio is one document that contains all the resources listed below. Don't worry about using this feature. Instead choose the specific resources that best match your group's needs.
  • IC Maps (Innovative Configuration Maps) are like rubrics used to determine how well or to what extent a practice is implemented into classroom instruction. While viewing the IC Maps for each of the characteristics is great for discussion, your group may also want to consider investigating one map in depth and ongoing throughout the semester.
  • Tools will often take you to another course housed within Moodle. Feel free to enroll in these "classes" if you'd like to receive more specific information and resources on a particular characteristic.
  • Literature reviews are papers written to share a more in depth look at the research regarding the impact of a particular characteristic on student learning. If your team is interested in the theory, or if you want to investigate a more in depth conversation in your learning team, these papers may be helpful.
Section 5 - *Read the DE brief
Section 6 - *Read the DE brief
Section 7 - *Read the DE brief
Section 8 - *Read the DE brief
Great article about common myths in rigor: http://mindstepsinc.com/2011/01/seven-myths-about-rigor/
Section 9 - *Read the DE brief