During the 2015-2016 school year, New Hampshire’s Tier 1 Districts, along with an additional seven Tier 2 and 3 districts, began unpacking the four State of New Hampshire Work Study Practices of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Self-Direction. Teachers began translating these success skills into curriculum, instruction, and assessment within their schools and classrooms.
These districts, in consultation with the NH Department of Education, The Center for Innovation in Education, and 2Revolutions, began to explore and implement strategies to:
- Build deep understanding, shared mental models, and common language to describe the development of the WSPs
- Create and refine existing instructional strategies that integrate WSPs with content across the curriculum
- Create and implement high quality assessments to collect student learning of the WSPs
- Build community buy-in for the importance of WSPs
- Integrate WSPs into local reporting and accountability systems
Teams of teachers within each participating school or district engaged in a guided, five-unit course to explore the Essential Skills and Dispositions Framework. The four essential skills and dispositions align with the State of New Hampshire’s Work Study Practices. Teachers then began integrating their learning within their classrooms of students and documenting and reflecting their growth.
Additionally, one district participated in a micro-pilot with MyWays, further exploring how data specific to these Work Study Practices could be gathered and analyzed.
This work will continue within the Tier 1, 2, and 3 schools in the coming school year.