Tahoe Truckee Unified School District High School Task Force proposal to start this fall
July 20, 2010
TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; This fall, two area schools are set to implement program changes that are a result of the 19-member high school task force’s recommendations.
Comprised of parents, students, teachers, site administrators, district administrators and Placer County Office of Education representatives, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s high school task force met 11 times between December 2009 and May 2010. After some 60 hours of discussion, the task force provided a detailed 12-page research-based recommendation report to the district. In turn, this summer district officials worked to implement the task force’s recommendations.
and#8220;The high school task force produced a thoughtful, considered and balanced set of high quality recommendations,and#8221; said David Inns, TTUSD assistant superintendent, human resources. and#8220;They did a tremendous job and I feel their recommendations will improve our high schools and enrich students’ education in grades nine-12.and#8221;
Superintendent Steve Jennings agreed with Inns, adding that an important focus of the task force was to create a comprehensive program that could be implemented at both Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School.
and#8220;The schedules that are being developed for next year at both THS and NTHS accomplish this,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;In order to make this happen extra resources are being allocated. Master schedules change every year because of a variety of factors; students often don’t sign up for classes and teachers come forward with suggestions.and#8221;
For instance, AP Spanish is typically offered every other year, he said. Therefore, Truckee High School didn’t offer this class last year, so it would be in line for 2010.
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and#8220;Instead they have chosen to offer a new class, Spanish for Spanish Speakers, which is an advanced Spanish course,and#8221; Jennings said.
Inns noted that sections of AP Chemistry depend on a specific number of course requests. Although there were not enough requests for the AP Chemistry class this year, Truckee High School will be offering two sections of Advanced Chemistry. Conversely, the school received a bounty of AP Biology requests; therefore two sections of the class will be offered in fall.
According to Inns, the task force made several important recommendations including an unwavering commitment to continue Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
Basically, this ethos focuses on fine-tuning learning standards and best teaching practices. In particular, PLCs use student achievement data to improve performance, i.e. using common assessments across departments and schools for the same course.
He explained this practice increases rigor as the schools strive for higher levels of proficiency.
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The schedules for fall 2010, as well as course offerings, are available at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School Districtand#8217;s website, http://www.ttusd.org. Also available on the website is the high school task forceand#8217;s final report.
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