The LEAD Instructional Model
Our LEAD curriculum is clear and guaranteed in mathematics and ELA. Task-based learning is the best approach to teaching mathematics because it promotes in-depth understanding, a balance of concepts and procedures, problem solving, critical thinking, and provides opportunities for differentiation.
With a staff of Certified Instructors, LEAD implements an ELA program modeled on Balanced Literacy, with strong emphasis on Reader’s Workshop during the implementation phase and the addition of Writer’s Workshop at full implementation (5 years). Balanced Literacy is a balance of instructional formats, instructional strategies, and instructional content. There are four key instructional formats that encompass all learning in the Balanced Literacy model. They relate to the optimum way that people learn new skills or information: modeling, sharing, guiding, and developing independence. This model provides a flexible structure as teachers assesses what individual children need and offer children the support to learn and practice strategies as they become accomplished readers, writers, listeners, speakers, viewers, and thinkers through the gradual release of responsibility. This robust instructional model requires extensive teaching skills and content expertise, which is why we have chosen to focus on implementing Reader’s Workshop before the implementation of Writer’s Workshop.
Standards-For the 2014-2015 school year-LEAD uses Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. Science and Social Studies instruction is planned using Tennessee State Standards.
Core Instructional Materials-LEAD uses a combination of Engage NY (5th grade) and College Preparatory Math Core Connections Series (Grades 6-12). Engage NY has been identified as the core resource in grades 5-12. Science and Social Studies materials will be determined in 2015.
Scope and Sequence Documents- 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 and Mathematics.
“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. Our goal is to study the latest research to ensure that we are up-to-date on what is proven to work for underserved students. We take time – once a week and at the beginning and close of every school year – 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 and college.