Winchester City

AMPed UP!

Categories: Winchester City | 2017

AMPed Up! (Accelerated Math Pathways for Underrepresented Potential) is a program to address disproportionality in the Winchester Public Schools’ advanced mathematics courses. When potential root causes were identified they included: K-4 minority students have lower math achievement data, tend to lack aspirational mindset of advanced math coursework, and families tend to lack social capital to navigate the academic pathways.  WPS pursued a strategy that would close curriculum gaps, provide instructional scaffolding, provide aspirational supports, and provide family connections to advanced academic pathways for 4th - 12th grade. Our goal is that by August 2020, Algebra I enrollment in 8th grade will be proportional to demographics of WPS.  AMPed Up! includes an afterschool STEM program for selected 4th graders. During the summer students attend an academy with hands on learning and math content.  During each subsequent summer and school year, the cohort will continue to receive instructional support and aspirational coaching. 

Contact

Brian S. Wray
Director of Secondary Instruction
wrayb@wps.k12.va.us
540-686-0120


Future Ready Team

Categories: Winchester City | 2017

Winchester Public Schools is focused on a strategic plan that will create more personalized learning environments to drive student academic, personal and interpersonal growth, and preparing students for the 21st century workplace skills. We have concluded that our teachers who have embraced personalized learning have seen greater improvements in student achievement. WPS is creating a Future Ready Team that will enhance their ability for blended learning and project-based learning. Collectively we have concluded that these alternatives to traditional teaching allow for more personalized learning for students and engaging learning experiences. WPS sought applicants for the WPS Future-Ready Team. This team will be provided with substantive professional development, funding for future-ready classroom design, and serve as future-ready instructional capacity builders. Participants will implement Experimentation Classrooms that will be supported during the implementation by members of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Eventually these classrooms will evolve into Demonstration Classrooms.

Contact

Brian S. Wray
Director of Secondary Instruction
wrayb@wps.k12.va.us
540-686-0120