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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tool 8.1 CARE Model: Planning Tool
Identify Concerns that must change (look to the future)
(Assign points to concerns from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important issues to consider.)
1.  Teacher’s negativity toward a different model of teaching.  Teachers would be teaching two grade levels, but only two subjects, for example, Language Arts/ Social Studies or Math and Science.  
2.  Teacher’s concern over what grade level they have to teach.
3.  Concern over how many parts/sections each subject has, for example, writing has four sub groups of grades that need to be assigned.
Identify Affirmations that must be sustained (look to the present)
(Assign points to affirmations from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important issues to consider.)
1. The belief that we do what is best for the children and not necessarily the grown-ups.
2.  Positive working relationships with colleagues helps make this model more efficient. The teachers piloting this model this year have a great relationship professionally and personally.
3.  For the most part, the staff has a positive working relationship and must maintain those relationships to allow this model to be successful.
SMART Recommendations that must be implemented:
(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely)
(Assign points to recommendations from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important recommendations to implement.)
1.  In teaching multiple grades, allow teachers to have one of those grades be a grade-level that they are currently teaching.
2.  I will look at benchmark data and curriculum assessments to see how these students are performing compared to classrooms that are not using this model.
3.  During faculty meetings, allow for concerns and ideas to resolve any issues that may arise using this model.
EVALUATE – Specifically and Often
(Identify the best ways to evaluate the implemented recommendations.)
1.   One way to evaluate would be to look at benchmark testing and assessments.
2.   Provide online surveys to provide another avenue to voice concerns.
3.   Provide parent and student surveys and/or interviews to see what the public and intended audience thinks about this model.

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