WHITTIER SCHOOL

SELF-REPORTED INDICATORS

Schools may choose to describe up to two additional pieces of information about how their school is supporting students. These self-reported indicators are not factored into school accountability calculations but provide the opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs or practices in addition to the indicators included in school accountability.

TEACHER FACTORS

Teacher factors - collective efficacy

Teacher Factors - Whittier Elementary in the Salt Lake City School district enrolls a diverse population of Title I qualified and Gifted and Talented magnet program students. Whittier teachers work on grade level teams modeling the behaviors found in contemporary professional learning communities (PLC.) With a focus on student learning, Whittier teams ask the four PLC questions: what do we want students to know, understand, and be able to do? How do we know if they know it? What do we do if they don't? And what if students can already do it, already know it? Through reflective practice we seek constant growth as measured by teacher created and common formative assessments, interim and benchmark assessments, and end of level state tests. For more information about professional learning communities at work visit www.allthingsplc.info Whittier teachers provide targeted intervention based on student's performance in the online learning platform called Lexia. Lexia online learning delivers students with appropriate literacy tasks that are keyed to students' literacy skills. With real-time reporting teachers can find students current levels of performance and use suggested activities for targeted intervention for struggling readers. We employ our three Land Trust paraprofessionals to assist during Tier II times in primary grades classrooms. To learn more about Lexia, visit www.lexialearning.com


INSTRUCTIONAL FACTORS

Instructional factors - SEL and Kagan

Instructional Factors - Whittier Elementary in the Salt Lake City School district enrolls a diverse population of Title I qualified and Gifted and Talented magnet program students. Whittier provides direct instruction for students in acquiring the CASEL social emotional skills of self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making (SEL). Classroom teachers integrate these skills throughout the day in addition to the direct instruction in the Second Step curriculum that is provided by the school counselor. We monitor office referral data and have student focus groups to measure the success of our efforts. For more information visit https://casel.org Whittier teachers use evidence based instructional strategies to support students' learning. This year we increase student engagement through the use of Kagan cooperative learning structures. Seven key principles are employed to support increased student learning: structures, teams, management, class-building, team-building, social skills, and the basic PIES principles - positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction. We measure student outcomes with common formative assessments, benchmark and interim assessments, and end of level state assessments. For more information visit https://kaganonlineg.com