Greenwood Elementary 2016-2017 Advanced Learning Opportunity Plan (ALO)

Mission

The Greenwood Elementary School community is committed to providing a quality education to all students in a collaborative and caring environment. Our community celebrates and honors the diversity of our students, families and staff.


Curriculum

Teaching and learning at Greenwood Elementary is based on the belief that all children are capable and can learn. The curriculum addresses the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of students with a core focus on nurturing proficient and motivated readers, writers and mathematicians. Teaching is differentiated, rigorous and relevant to the backgrounds and interests of students and delivered in a caring environment. Teachers hold high expectations for each student and work to help them meet these expectations.

Curriculum content and instructional methodology at Greenwood is based on Seattle Schools’ adopted and encouraged approaches for teaching literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and physical fitness. We use a balanced approach to literacy instruction including reading workshop, guided reading, word study and writing workshop. Materials for teaching reading include leveled classroom libraries, and online supplements and Web-based materials. Math in Focus is taught in all classrooms as well as the district’s inquiry based science program. In addition Greenwood emphasizes visual arts, music, environmental education and teaching social, emotional and health skills.


ALO Vision

Greenwood Elementary students identified through the SPS advanced learning screening process as eligible for Spectrum or APP programs are able to participate in rigorous and relevant learning experiences at their ability level so they may enrich and deepen their learning while enrolled in the school of their family’s choice. ALO students are expected to perform above their current grade level expectations.

Greenwood’s teaching staff focuses advanced learning support in reading, math and science. Teachers also may encourage advanced learning opportunities in other curriculum areas which address the individual needs of our advanced learners. Teachers and staff participate in ongoing professional development to strengthen their skills and the community’s commitment to serving advanced learners.


ALO Resources

General information about Seattle Public School's ALO program can be found here. Greenwood has an ALO coordinator, Adrienne Ollerenshaw, as well as an ALO committee that meets to set the direction for the program.


ALO Plan Features

Teachers utilize a variety of grouping, curriculum modification, enrichment and assessment tools to appropriately understand and challenge advanced learners in core academic areas.

Greenwood offers enrichment challenges during and after school that support advanced learners.

Staff is committed to the development of the whole child. Our school environment encourages the positive social and emotional development of our advanced learners.


ALO Reading Model

Greenwood uses two models for structuring math instruction for ALO students. Either one or both approaches may be used depending on the needs of students and circumstances. Greenwood’s ALO model will provide math opportunities beyond grade level expectations for a student.

  • Differentiated Instruction: Everyday Math Curriculum includes lessons for advanced learners and teachers may choose to incorporate these lessons for identified students.
  • Advanced Math Support: Students with advanced math skills may work individually or in small groups with an ALO teacher or volunteer tutors.

ALO Math Strategies

  • Enrichment: Deeper grade level challenges for identified math students.
  • Curriculum Compacting: Pretest and eliminate mastered math content.
  • Tiered Assignments: Advanced students may receive their math instruction in varying levels of complexity and depth utilizing the Math in Focus curriculum and other supplemental resources.
  • Flexible Groupings: Students may move in and out of math groups depending upon individual needs.

ALO Reading Model

  • Greenwood uses two models for organizing reading instruction for ALO students. Either one or both approaches may be used depending on the needs of students and circumstances. Greenwood’s ALO model will provide reading opportunities beyond grade level expectations for a student.
  • Differentiated Instruction: The first option is teachers may differentiate within the assigned classroom and grade level. Advanced students receive their reading instruction by attending the appropriate literacy group that provides complex guided reading instruction, having daily independent reading from a leveled library and reading reflection and shared inquiry discussions that reflect depth through interpretations and analysis.
  • Walk to Read: Advanced students may receive their reading instruction by attending the appropriate grade level reading class if decided by the teaching team.
  • Advanced Reading Support- As additional reading enrichment, students with advanced reading skills may work individually or in small groups with an ALO teacher or volunteer tutors.

ALO Reading Strategies

  • Flexible Grouping: Students move in and out of groups as appropriate upon mastery.
  • Independent Reading: Students have individual choice in the books they read to appropriately place them in text that is at their reading level and of interest to the students.
  • Guided Reading Groups: Students are placed within guided reading groups by complexity and higher level content reading.
  • Literature Circles: Intermediate ALO students may participate in literature circle events where focus is placed on more complex texts. Students are divided into groups of about 6 students and meet with adult facilitators to discuss a book at their level.
  • Word Study activities are differentiated to meet the needs of advanced learners.
  • 20-20 Reading Log: Students will participate in out-of-school time reading encouragement program organized by Washington Reading Corp members.
  • Book Fairs held yearly to promote love of reading.

Social/Emotional Development

  • Positive Discipline: Provides curriculum to help students learn effective social and emotional skills.
  • Anti-Bullying Curriculum: ALO students receive Anti-Bullying instruction with a Washington State approved curriculum as well as emotional support in all environments and opportunities throughout the day.
  • Helpers/Buddies: 4th & 5th graders students serve as lunch helpers, library helpers, kinder buddies and student council members to build their self esteem and confidence.

Challenging Enrichment Opportunities

  • School-wide Writing Celebration
  • Chess Club
  • Lego Club
  • Global Reading Challenge: Optional for 4th & 5th graders
  • Art, Spanish and Technology Classes: Students participate in after-school opportunities in Fine Arts, Spanish or Technology
  • All School Science Fair:
  • Advanced Science Support – Students with advanced math and reading skills may work individually or in small groups with an ALO teacher or volunteer tutors.
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