- Summer and Saturday School for students who are in the approaches and below category as defined by the STAR and Galileo assessment. The targeted summer school will expand the existing summer school offered to the student.
- Tutoring sessions will occur outside of contract hours by a highly qualified staff member with a ratio of 1:3 and will utilize evidence based practices as identified and vetted by the What Works Clearinghouse. Tutoring sessions will primarily be in the areas of Math and English Language Arts.
- Reading Interventionist and Cadre Teachers to work with students in small groups and or one on one to improve learning gains lost from COVID 19. Each major racial and ethnic group, poor students, children with disabilities, English learners, gender and migrant status; students experiencing homelessness; and children and youth in foster care will be part of the program. Each major racial and ethnic group, poor students, children with disabilities, English learners, gender and migrant status; students experiencing homelessness; and children and youth in foster care will be part of the program.
The Imagine Desert West Intern Cadre participants will be paired with a current classroom teacher for the purpose of developing them into an effective teacher, with a classroom of their own, for the upcoming school year. The selected interns are either currently in a teaching program or are new to the teaching profession (with two or less years of experience). Participants of the Imagine Desert West Intern Cadre be part of a team teaching classroom that will allow them to receive experience and support:
Teachers will receive observations and feedback from the Academic Team (i.e. principal, Dean of Academics, and Academic Coach)
The Academic Team will develop individual professional development plans based on classroom observations and the self-assessments of the Interns.
Professional development plans will be structured to help teachers deliver sound instruction in a variety of modes (The Center of Innovations on Learning, p 61)
The goal of the program is to develop teachers that have limited teaching experience to become effective prior to them having their own classroom. The Center on Innovations of Learning has identified, "[there are positive impacts on teachers who receive] feedback through self, peer, and principal classroom observations (e.e., see Kane, Gehlback, Greenberg, Quinn, &Thai, 2015; Steinberg & Sartain, 2015). Hattie's research additionally show strong effect sizes for "micro-teaching", which includes teachers' reviewing their lessons for evaluation purposes" (The Center of Innovations on Learning, p5)"
- Caring School Community SEL Program Caring School Community is a comprehensive, research-based social and emotional learning (SEL) program that builds school-wide community, develops students' social skills and SEL competencies, and enables a transformative stance on discipline.
This CASEL SELect program promotes positive behavior through direct teaching of responsibility, empathy, and cooperation, creating settings where students feel heard, known, and cared for. Students become intrinsically motivated to contribute productively to a community they feel invested in, and where they know they matter.