Intentionally Pausing to Build Structures

Reviewing Syllabi for the AP Course Audit

Each year, postsecondary faculty review every syllabus submitted for the AP Course Audit, and either authorize the course or provide feedback to secondary faculty about their syllabus. Since 2007, Inflexion has facilitated this process, and our reviewers have rated teacher syllabi for more than 1.25 million authorized AP courses across 42 subjects in 22,000 schools worldwide. Over the years, we have heard time and again from postsecondary and secondary instructors that the opportunity to have dialog between the two levels about curriculum has provided new insights and allowed them to reflect on what students need to know and be able to do to succeed in a postsecondary environment.

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As a college professor, I see it as a form of professional development… it gives me a window into what current classroom teachers are doing, and it also gives me a useful intellectual perspective from which to assess any teaching situation.

Analyzing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats in Merced Union High School District

In 2016 and 2017, Inflexion had the opportunity to spend time with teachers, counselors, and district staff in Merced Union High School District to deeply analyze three areas of programming districtwide: Career and Technical Education, Counseling, and Advanced Placement Courses. It was amazing to see stakeholders from across the district and community taking time out of their busy schedules, strategizing, bringing their different perspectives, even disagreeing, but always sharing a common goal—strengthening their programs.

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Supporting School Leaders as They Implement California’s Multi-Tiered System of Support Framework

During 2017 and 2018, we have had the opportunity to work and learn alongside many passionate leaders who are committed to preparing all students to be ready for their futures. During the process, leadership teams step back from the day-to-day stress to inventory what they are currently doing to support student learning on their campus and to assess the systems they currently have (or do not yet have in place) in order to support every student’s learning needs. Teams are often amazed to see how much they are already doing through a new lens, but what they find is often missing is a clear vision or set of outcomes for how their are preparing students to be ready for life once they leave high school.

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In architecture, the Japanese principle of ma describes the space between structural elements that can be more meaningful than the elements themselves. At Inflexion, we believe that the structures in place in schools and districts are crucial to support learning outcomes for all students, and as in architecture, the negative space between these structures is an essential component of creating a meaningful and intentional structure. It is important to remember that our school staff and leadership teams need this space to get a breath of fresh air and step outside their own walls to connect their motivations and local context to a desired future state both for the school and the broader community. The space enables individuals to let their guard down and be real about where they are, be bold and dream about where they want to go, and be practical about how to get there.

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Case Study: Merced Union High School District

Through its work with Inflexion, MUHSD is seeing strong results in student outcomes and in closing the opportunity gap for underserved students. California School Dashboard data show College/Career Indicator scores for African American, Hispanic, English Learners, students with disabilities, students who are homeless, and students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are 16 to 29 points higher than the state average.

Resources We Love (And Hope You Will Too!)

During our May Counterpart meetings, we asked folks to share what they have been engaging with recently. Below is a list of all the resources shared by our incredible community, offering a taste of the diverse and inspiring content they’re currently exploring. This list has something for everyone: from thought-provoking articles to captivating podcasts to must-watch documentaries. So, take a peek, pick your poison, and get ready to dive into something fantastic!

Passion. Pride. Promise. Two Leaders Help Pave the Way for Their Students & Communities

Tucked away in the hills of rural western Oregon, the Vernonia and Gaston school districts defy many of the stereotypes most of us hold when we think of rural schools. Their communities face both common and unique challenges. Vernonia Elementary Principal, Michelle Eagleson, and Gaston Superintendent, Summer Catino, share how their small schools and communities achieve greatness.

Equip Your Students to be Life Ready Using These 3 Simple Strategies

This last year has been full of airplane rides and early mornings for the School Partnerships team here at Inflexion as we work with school leadership teams up and down the West Coast. Listening to the radio on one of my late night drives home from the airport, I caught part of a Freakonomics interview with the managing director of a team that started as part of the British government known as the Nudge Unit.