Assessment for Learning Standards Based Learning 2008-present
Salem High has been implementing Assessment for Learning (AFL) to provide feedback to teachers, students, & parents on student progress. Ongoing formative assessment naturally led to implementation of Standards Based Learning (SBL), where student learning is quantified by mastery of competencies. For more information, please see the SHS AFL website at http://salemafl.ning.com/.
Personalized Learning Committee SY 2014-2015
The personalized learning committee was formed to investigate if customized learning was something our school should pursue. This website includes the minutes of our meetings and the resources that we consulted in our study. We believe that personalized learning can help students capitalize on their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, and develop the attributes they need to be successful amid the rigors of college or a career.
High School Innovation Planning Grant SY 2015-2016
Salem High School was a recipient of a High School Innovation Planning Grant from the Virginia Department of Education. We are researching this school year possible personalized learning opportunities, curriculum changes, alternative scheduling and workplace learning to better prepare Salem High students for post-secondary employment.
July 27, 2015 = Meeting with faculty and community stakeholders about career pathways, J-Term committee, and steering team.
June 25, 2015 = Faculty members invited to notify Mr. Habeeb of how they'd like to be involved in the grant process.
May 27, 2015 = Faculty elect to submit grant application.
May 22, 2015 = A draft of the grant application is shared with all faculty members via Google Drive.
May 18 & May 26, 2015 = Informational meetings are held after school to provide information & answer teacher questions about the grant.
April 13-14, 2015 = A group from SHS visits several schools in Ohio for facilities and personalized learning ideas.
April 3, 2015 = Faculty members are invited to attend a meeting with Mr. Habeeb during the school day to discuss the possibility and feasibility of applying for the Innovation Planning Grant. Those who are unable attend are invited to email or meet with Mr. Habeeb. It is concluded that the grant is a path we would like to pursue.
April 14, 2014 = At our faculty meeting, we brainstormed what the concept of traditional education would look like if we no longer said, "It can't be done." For example, at Disney World, the "imagineers" think of ways to solve their problems where the statement, "It can't be done" is not allowed. We announced that as teachers, we can also think of customizing learning for all students, or "mass customized learning," without assuming that changes to the traditional education model cannot be done.