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What Does Empowerment Look Like? Meet Educators from Kerman, CA!
Smarter Balanced instructional supports are helping Kerman Unified School District educators differentiate instruction for students so each child receives the support they need to achieve excellence. A big part of district-wide improvement is use of resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.
Kerman Unified School District
Location: Fresno County
School: Liberty Elementary (TK-6th)
Motto: Achieving Excellence
Interview Date: May 2018
“I think the Digital Library allows teachers to really differentiate their instruction.”Melanie Hawkins, 4th Grade Teacher
Spotlight on Strategy
Educator-vetted resources have been a valuable tool in tailoring instruction. Instructional resources have allowed the district to be aligned system-wide, which helps them drive improvement. Here are some of the ways Smarter Balanced instructional supports are helping them do this:
- Instructional coaches use the refined filter system in the Digital Library to find resources that meet specific target areas.
- Teachers can assess each student’s achievement level and then reteach concepts, if needed, or challenge high-performing students.
- Coaches review interim assessment results with teachers, and then in Personal Learning Communities (PLCs), brainstorm different ways to support students on specific concepts.
- Teachers use student results to reflect on their lessons so they can understand what worked and what didn’t and what can they change to improve how they deliver the lesson.
Interview Day: Behind the Scenes
- Pamela Millspaugh, Assistant Superintendent Educational Services CAASPP Coordinator, shares her enthusiasm for the Digital Library’s free, teacher-vetted resources.
- Oneida Gonzalez (left) and Melanie Hawkins, 4th Grade Teachers, feel empowered by the Smarter Balanced instructional tools because it allows them to see in-depth information about each student’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Lisa Sanders (left) and Larry Karagozian are both math instructional coaches for the Kerman Unified School District and use Smarter Balanced instructional supports to assist teachers throughout the year.