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Principal's Corner

For almost five years our Bracher staff has been working to become a Professional Learning Community.  Our teachers have been collaborating in grade level teams and cross grade level teams to provide students with instruction and tasks to meet the rigorous common core standards.

They have identified a reading standard that is the “college going” standard and developed a learning continuum, learning targets and common assessments to monitor student progress to meeting the stated goals.  The have created rubrics monitor progress and identified flags that indicate potential concerns.  Three times a week, students are regrouped across grade level along this continuum for intervention or enrichment. This intervention time, along with regular classroom instruction work together to help students become better learners. 

Parents have asked what “are the teachers doing while Mr. Leach is leading the all school assembly?”  In order for teachers to look at student data and prepare tasks they need time.  By taking the students into the multipurpose room teachers have an hour each week to plan, look at student work, create assessments and develop intervention and enrichment lessons. 

Our teaching staff has committed to work together: to ensure all students, through high academic and behavioral expectations, Bracher will provide rigorous programs with a focused approach.  We believe that all students can and will succeed. 

I use the time with students to teach reminders around school rules or character education lessons using John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.  These lessons focus on working hard and encouraging students to be their personal best.  At these assemblies we have announcements from the school and PTA.  We say our ROAR cheer and then have a lesson around one of the character traits or a concept, for example Women in History Month.  We recognize students with awards or rewards for ROARing at Bracher. 

Our Professional Learning Community work is leading the way in Santa Clara.  Many other schools are doing some of what we have begun and the district has begun a labor management initiative to increase collaborative work.  Bracher staff, by working together is making a positive impact on our all students. 

Bracher Elementary is a place where: Teaching and learning occurs in an engaging, empowering, collaborative manner where successes are celebrated. Staff and students are positive, caring, and have high expectations.  All members work with the belief that every child can learn.  

Wayne Leach