FIP Facilitator Name: Tina Jones
Title: Curriculum Director
School/District: Wauseon Exempted Village Schools
Q: When did your school/district begin working on formative instructional practices?
A: 2006-2007 school year
Q: How did you get started?
A: We started with a district-wide book study of Classroom Assessment for Student Learning. Then, we found the FIP modules, which allow us to go to a deeper application of the practices, while implementing teacher-based teams more effectively.
Q: Share an "I used to think... but now I think..." moment you've had when learning about or implementing FIP.
A: I used to think that we knew about formative assessment and FIP, but now I think that the teachers in our district are implementing the practices to increase student learning.
Q: What have been your biggest challenges in advancing the use of FIP and what are you doing to overcome them?
A: We think that the IIS will be a great data collection, evaluation, and analysis tool to boost FIP. We are part of Cohort 20 that recently began.
Q: What successes have you seen in implementation so far?
A: Our teacher facilitators have taken great initiative in leadership. The district FIP Facilitators meet and confirm a common set of training slides to emphasize the formative instructional practices we are trying to improve. Then, the facilitators meet to customize the presentation to the needs of the teachers, grade levels, and content areas in their buildings. Our teachers see a real need to increase student ownership of learning, which is one of our focuses for this school year. Teacher-based teams were being used at both our primary and elementary buildings. Now I am excited by the great conversations that are happening in the new teacher-based teams at both the high school and middle school in our district.
Q: What impact do you see FIP having in your school/district?
A: We will use the FIP teacher-based teams to monitor our district-wide content area literacy. At both the high school and middle school, content area teachers will be writing common SLOs. With the help of our NW FIP Specialists Joanne Kerekes and Chris Abke, we are ready to roll out an SLO that was created and aligned with both the FIP terminology and the teacher-based team protocols.
Q: What advice do you have for other FIP Facilitators or educators getting started with formative instructional practices?
A: FIP connects so many of the initiatives currently being promoted through ODE and Race to the Top. The collaboration in the teacher-based teams is transforming teachers' instructional practices in our district.
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