Opportunities for all educators
2020/2021 School Year
Using foundational experience with MCIEA to meet needs
Mini-grants are presenting opportunities for schools and districts to deepen work and spread QPAs within schools, using educators with previous experience with MCIEA/QPA to lead the work.
Attleboro: Two projects (one at Attleboro HS and one across the three middle schools) are being led by educators who have participated in MCIEA Institutes and received QPA coaching.
Boston: The Grew Elementary School was a MCIEA Cohort 2 school and their mini-grant project is being led by teacher leaders who went through MCIEA institutes and QPA coaching. The Grew will be using context-specific SQM surveys as a pre- and post- measure of their revised QPAs.
Milford: Woodland Elementary was a Cohort 4 school and is using a mini-grant to build out Math QPAs led by a team of teachers that went through the QPA process. A QPA coach provided a “QPA 101” session for new teachers, but the project is led by the teacher leaders.
Explicit focus on equity and social justice
Several districts and schools are using the mini-grant projects to explicitly take on equity and social justice-seeking work.
Boston: Orchard Gardens is creating a math-based social justice QPA focusing on nutrition, food desserts, and racism in Boston. Additionally, ODA is leading a district-wide project seeking to understand how QPAs can lead to a more anti-racist assessment system.
Lowell: Butler MS is using SQM survey to help design equity-seeking PD opportunities.
Milford: Stacy MS is developing an interdisciplinary unit and QPA addressing social justice, race, and equity.
Revere: Paul Revere Innovation School is using SQM data to better understand how teachers are understanding and incorporating professional development focused on dismantling racial bias.
Integrating QPA and SQM
Projects are using QPA and SQM together to inform practice and build something new.
Boston: The project at the Grew involves both QPA and SQM, with the school team working with the SQM coach to adapt SQM questions for elementary school grades and implementing a pre- and post-survey. The team will then use the SQM data to inform the design and revision of QPAs.
Lowell: A QPA and SQM coach are working with a team at Lincoln Elementary School, using the SRI-Atlas protocol to analyze SQM data. The results of this analysis will then be used to inform QPA design and revision.
The mini-grants are enabling further collaboration at several levels.
Within school collaboration: several projects are building interdisciplinary teams to design new QPAs (e.g. Attleboro HS, Grew Elementary in Boston, and Stacy MS in Milford)
Within district collaboration: Several projects include teachers collaborating across schools in the same district (e.g. Attleboro middle schools, Boston has teams working across schools and grades to develop QPAs)
Cross-district: A few projects are focused on middle school Civics/Social Studies enabling MCIEA coaches to build cross-district teams of teachers to provide examples and feedback on work.