During the last several years, the staff at Wellington Middle School of the Poudre School District have been working to systemically articulate learning outcomes and put in place effective learning strategies to have one of the highest pass rates in 8th Grade Algebra I in our state. They’ve met with their feeder elementary schools to accelerate and align learning expectations. They’ve researched best instructional practices like standards-based grading, formative assessment and interactive learning to engage students, deepen their mathematical comprehension and learning so that all can successfully complete Algebra I.
As our nation continues its alignment to the new Common Core Math Standards, all students will be expected to be able to acquire the knowledge, skills and understandings to be able to demonstrate algebraic reasoning that was once aligned with high school learning expectations.
Wellington staff will host two different sessions at the upcoming Colorado School to Watch Conference at Stuart Middle School on November 3, 2012 in Commerce City, CO.
- What Does it Take to Get 8th Graders to Successfully Complete Algebra I?
- Interactive Notebooks and Cross Curricular Teaming: It’s a Game Changer for Kids!
Come to the CAMLE Annual School to Watch Conference and learn more about how Wellington Middle is supporting their students to become academically excellent using developmentally responsive and socially equitable strategies.
Wellington Middle has a free and reduced population of 44%, and 9% English Language Learners. Wellington students focus on achieving excellence are led in focused, standards-based learning that permeates their day. Students create their own learning goals, monitor their own progress throughout the school year, and perform student-led conferences. They actively use self-assessment strategies and are able analyze scoring rubrics to determine their own level of achievement. A well designed core is enhanced by rich exploratory courses. A comprehensive approach to interventions has been effectively embedded for both academic and social/emotional support. Wellington is a nationally recognized AVID school, and the college readiness atmosphere, high level of thinking and rigor as well as learning expectations pervade the school community. The staff at Wellington is lead by principal Alicia Durand.