HIGH QUALITY WORK
Students at Meadow Glen Middle school blossom in a school culture where high quality work is expected and supported at all levels and for all students. We take pride that our students, no matter their background or readiness, can and do produce work that is both beautiful and meaningful to the wider community. Our students are supported in their efforts to produce high quality work through our teachers' use of exemplars, reflection, critique, and rubrics during instruction. As a result, Meadow Glen Middle students value high quality work and expect to experience multiple rounds of revision in order to produce a product for which they are proud to present to the public. What makes Meadow Glen Middle so special is that high quality work is not simply valued in the traditional four core classrooms of math, science, language arts, and social studies. Rather, students have opportunities to produce quality work across all contents, which in turn helps our children to see that craftsmanship, complexity, and authenticity apply to all facets of life and work.
Models of Excellence
We are very proud that two of our student created works have been accepted into the EL Education Models of Excellence. Both of these were final products from case studies students experienced. The Spanish Bievenidos magazine highlights an instance where students produced high quality work in all content areas. The Choice to Serve magazine was an culminating product from a joint Social Studies and CREW case study.
Quality Work Protocols
At Meadow Glen Middle School, we have valued reflection around our students' work since we opened in the 2012 - 2013 school year. As such, with the exception of one transition year without a school designer, we have facilitated four Quality Work Protocols each year we have had a full partnership with the EL Education Network. All certified professionals - classroom teachers, special needs teachers, administrators, and counseling staff - participate in the quality work protocols (QWP). We include products from as many content areas as possible to determine the quality level of student work across all classes in the school. Over time, we found that complexity and craftsmanship are areas of strength for the work that we review. In fact our Quality Work summary indicates that the majority of our students' work met the criteria for complexity and craftsmanship. In addition, we have seen some growth in authenticity as referenced in Quality Work Summary linked below. In fact, we have seen particular growth in authenticity when we reviewed the products from our expeditions and case studies. Moving forward, we will continue to focus our efforts to create authentic performance tasks for students outside of the expeditions and case studies.
Learn more about our ongoing growth in High Quality Work by clicking on this link.