Four different standards-based instructional programs to meet the needs of Hillcrest’s very diverse student population (Spanish bilingual, Cantonese bilingual, English Language Development, and Speech and Language Resource Specialist Programs). In a school environment rich in linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity, every classroom features learning activities that are rigorous, relevant, and relational. A small group of educators at Hillcrest became interested in Lesson Study in 2014 and by 2016 the interest had grown school-wide. Together, educators at the school developed a school-wide Research Theme and Theory of Action to focus their work:
School Wide Research Theme:
How can teachers facilitate and promote accountable talk and academic language to engage students in high-level problem-solving and productive discussion?
Theory of Action:
IF WE AS TEACHERS move from focusing on process-based questions to conceptual questions, THEN students will collaborate on a deeper level, RESULTING IN a stronger understanding of the content.
Hillcrest’s Research Conception Map below shows how they linked their long-term goals and theory of action to their study of a particular mathematics research lesson.