Marisa Renee Brown
Elementary Experience: Westminster Public Schools
Setting & Context
Flynn A Marzano Academy Demographics:
Sherrelwood Elementary Demographics:
District Mission & Vision
Westminster Public Schools is where "Education is Personal". From the WPS website:
"The Westminster Public Schools Competency Based System (CBS) recognizes that every child learns differently, and their learning should be personalized so they are engaged at all times.
CBS requires students to show mastery of learning topics before moving on to the next level. This approach allows some students to progress quicker, while others may take more time to learn. The end goal is that students are prepared for the all important day after graduation."
More can be learned about Competency Based Education by following the link below.
School-wide Policies for Management:
At both schools, students work in collaboration with teachers to create shared visions (or code of conduct) for each classroom. These visions are based around the school-wide code ROARS at Sherrelwood and SOAR at Flynn (see below). Students feel ownership over these codes since they helped to create them. There is also a common language in the school that students and teachers can use to name behaviors. There are PBIS awards at each school given to students who follow these codes of conduct. Classroom interventions are required when students are not following the shared codes of conduct and there is a referral system at each school for major or repeat offenses.
At Sherrelwood Elementary, students follow ROARS:
At Flynn A Marzano Academy students follow SOAR:
Each classroom is a small space with 5-6 tables for students with 5-6 chairs each. Each classroom has a sink and a few cupboards for storage. Both classrooms have a desktop computer, a projector mounted to the ceiling, and a document camera for presenting images. Student works spaces are divided into "centers" with permanent centers including: Drawing, Collage, Painting, and Building. Pop-up centers are created for students to experience new media such as print-making, fibers, jewelry, and clay.