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Kili Lay

Committed to school improvement, to advancing technology as a means to increase efficiency but above all to encourage collaboration and transparent communication to ensure accountability. At BFIS, I have been able to apply my interests in technology and team structures to the work in the field of curriculum and staff development, as we endeavor to map the N-12 curriculum.

N-3rd Grade Mathematics

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

What is mathematics? “A way of thinking” – Erma Anderson, May 4, 2012 at the BFIS Parent Workshop

Research by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) found that the content of mathematics is the same around the world. They then turned their research to the difference in high performing and low performing students. They found the difference between these groups of students was linked to instruction – high performers were taught that mathematics is like a map, a tool to help you problem solve and figure out the many ways to get from one point to another point. Low performers on the other hand were given a set of directions to be followed step by step, sequentially, without seeing the bigger picture of how everything is connected.

The focus of this workshop was how to help your young child develop their own mathematical road map and support the learning that is taking place in the classroom.

Erma shared what were the key areas your child should be “fluent” by the end of that grade level. Fluent was defined as “efficient, accurate, and flexible”.

Reflections from Poonam Pamnani

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

Notes from the ECIS conference held on 16-18th March in Athens.

Dr Gunilla Dahlberg spoke on The Changing Landscape in Early Childhood Education. It is a highly profiled area and has brought interest among economists, psychologists and educator. The child is seen as the site for change, instead of searching the given identities and locating problem on child. A pedagogy of welcoming and hospitality built on listening and comprehension. A willingness to experiment and to explore creative processes and production. A collective experimentation with the potential already there. A pedagogy that is open to the unknown and the unexpected, start with meaning, listening to students express naturally. Children are all the time creating connections between different subject areas. Start with listening, to challenge ideas. Put productive questions and materials.

Acquisition of 1st language is the most complex skill

MSA “Q and A”

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

After the all staff meeting on Tuesday, April 10, several questions arose.
Read them, and responses, here.

  • How do individual teachers need to prepare for the visit?

There is nothing out of the ordinary that you need to do. As the visit comes closer, there may be some specific tasks that need your help to come to completion and you will be asked for help, if needed.

  • What work still needs to be done by the end of the year, and from which individuals? (for example committee chairs…)

The Self Study report needs to be completed. There are many sections and people with inside knowledge of a particular section have been asked for help (ex. Nurse will help provide vaccination data, Admissions will provide enrollment trends). Kili is collating this report, as the Internal Coordinator.

The Student Performance Objectives (one part of the Self Study) need to be finalized and sent to MSA for “technical review” later this month. Input will likely be sought from ES Reading Committee members, ES Writing Committee members, ETLs, SALs, the MSHS Language Arts Team, the MSHS World Languages Team, the MSHS Math Team.

Action Plans (another part of the Self Study) to carry out the SPO’s need to be created, likely by the same groups involved in the above work. These last two sections are work that needs heavy input from teachers.

MSA Big Ideas from April 10, 2012

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

The three big ideas I hoped to impart on Tuesday, April 10 at the all staff meeting can be stated as the following:

First: The Middle States Association for Accreditation provides us with an external validation of what we do as a school. It helps hold us accountable to our mission statement and our vision of our preferred future to guide school improvement.

Second: Schools choose an accreditation protocol based on different factors. We have chosen “Accreditation for Growth” (AFG) and that means we commit to strategic planning, student performance improvement, and wide community involvement. Other protocols include Excellence by Design (ExBD), focusing on strategic planning and continuous review, and Renewing the Vision, focusing on a clear vision of the school’s preferred future.

Third: The AFG protocol for our self study focuses on three things –

  1. a culture of planning and a planning ethic
  2. student performance objectives, results, and growth towards school goals
  3. the 12 MSA standards

Reflections from Laura Avendano

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

On March 16th to the 18th I attended the ECIS Early Childhood Conference in Athens, Greece. My overall experience of the conference was positive.  There were two great speakers that impressed me.  The first was Mark Levitt, “Working with Stories to Get Stories.”  His main message was to remind us that children are great story tellers.  They may need some guidance and direction from adults.  As teachers, it is important to listen and ask the right questions in order for the stories to fully develop with meaning and emotions.  By listening and asking questions, teachers are also validating and honoring the experiences of each child.  This is truly important to start in the early years as it will help them throughout their life to become good writers and thinkers.