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Voyager Sopris Learning professional development, coaching, and mentoring services are customized and differentiated to meet the diverse needs of teachers and administrators. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Professional Development Services

Every school and district is different. Through the School Improvement Framework, the Voyager Sopris Education Services team provides a dynamic plan that leverages noteworthy, local expertise, experience, and resources.

School Improvement Framework

Data Analysis and Application

Voyager Sopris Educational Services begins collaboration with districts by conducting an in-depth analysis of each school’s individual needs, strengths, and resources. Most districts have a wealth of data available regarding their students; Voyager Sopris consultants organize, examine, and collaboratively identify trends and patterns in student achievement for use in developing or refining school plans.

TAKING A FRESH LOOK AT DATA AND WHAT IT MEANS

Analyze It

Comprehensive data-analysis services begin with initial on-site observations and deep dive into various data resources:

  • Student performance data - test scores, attendance, credit completion, discipline, promotion/retention rates
  • Expectations - requirements of high-stakes exams, standards, and graduation
  • Resources - teachers assistants, volunteers, funding, curriculum, professional development
  • Needs analysis - challenges to student success
  • Systems and policies - data systems, teacher and administrator evaluation systems
  • Observations - initial, on site

Organize It

Organizing student data to easily inform and drive action is a major strength of the Voyager Sopris services. Organizing data clearly advances all areas of the improvement process and empowers schools to identify trends and specific areas that require immediate attention.

 

Develop Comprehensive Action Plan

Typical outcomes from the Assessment and Data-Analysis Services include:

  • Clear picture of school goals and how success is measured
  • Identification of potential opportunities to improve student performance
  • A comprehensive, user-friendly analysis of students' individual and collective academic strengths
  • Pinpointing of needs that require immediate action
 

High-Impact Instruction and Leadership and School Operations

Following a deep analysis of school data, Voyager Sopris consultants work side-by-side with school staff, leadership, and district leadership to build capacity and ensure high-impact instruction and to achieve a shared vision that is critical to building sustainable results.

High-Impact Instruction

Building teachers’ capacity to improve student performance requires 1) providing effective professional development, 2) implementing intervention strategies, and 3) obtaining the resources needed to meet student needs (Boykin, Noguera, 2011). Working directly with teachers, Voyager Sopris consultants provide professional development that focusing on achieving outcomes identified in the school Action Plan and developing personalized plans for professional growth.

LETRS
LETRS Second Edition eBook

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) provides the deep foundational knowledge necessary to understand how students learn to read, write, and spell—and why some struggle.

NUMBERS

An innovative, rigorous mathematics professional development offering based on the instructional planning, assessment, and differentiation necessary to implement the CCSS in elementary and middle school.

Professional development may include:

  • Job-Embedded Coaching
  • Lesson Delivery
  • Instructional Modeling
  • Classroom Management
  • Directly Teaching
  • Formative Assessment
  • Year-Long Planning
  • Data Chats & Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Lesson Planning
  • Participation
  • Student Learning Objectives
  • Professional Learning Communities

High-Impact Leadership and School Operations

Through leadership development, coaching, and networking, the effectiveness of school leaders to manage change and improve student achievement increases substantially. Voyager Sopris consultants work with school leaders to integrate research-based practices into the everyday school setting and culture.

A Principal's PrimerA Principal's Primer for Raising Reading Achievement

A “how-to” manual for principals who are dissatisfied with their students’ reading achievement and who want to improve the overall reading performance.

Custom-Built Leadership Training Components

Specific components of leadership training are custom-built and may include:

  • Time Management
  • Execution Routines
  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Non-Instructional Services
  • Budget and Resources
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Staff Evaluations
  • School Safety and Crime
  • Data-Driven Decisions
  • Attendance

Positive School Climate

Setting the atmosphere for learning is critical. Establishing a positive schoolwide climate creates a culture that is conducive to learning. By unifying administrators, teachers, support staff, and students with consistent expectations focused on respect for oneself and for others, behavioral and discipline concerns are minimized so teaching and learning can flourish.

Best BehaviorBest Behavior

Proven strategies that assists schools in implementing and maintaining Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and employs a collaborative approach to establishing a positive school climate.

Positive School Climate Services

Voyager Sopris provides customized professional development for building a positive school climate that may include:

  • Schoolwide Positive Behavior Training
  • Classroom Behavior Management
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Bully-proofing
  • School Safety
  • Family and Community Involvement
  • Positive Behavior: Practical and Effective Strategies

Results: A Proven Model for School Improvement

Indianapolis Public Schools Success Story

Seven of 14 schools served weekly by Voyager Sopris in Indianapolis during 2012-2013 were removed from the Indiana Department of Education’s “F” list on their next school report card.Key school improvement goals were met in the areas of graduation rate, waivers, Mass Insight Quality Review, and students passing Algebra.
We either had to turn John Marshall around in a semester or it was going to be taken over by the state of Indiana. At the end of the first semester we had the kind of achievement that really allowed the district.

Dr. Eugene White, Former Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools

There was an immediate, urgent need to intervene at John Marshall Community High School. We had 6–8 weeks to turn around one of the lowest-performing schools in the state of Indiana … and we got the little bump— we made the goals!”

Yvonne Rambo, Director of Accountability & Academic Affairs, Indianapolis Public Schools

We were looking forward to some direction. ... In my past history dealing with schoolturnaround companies, they send two or three consultants. Voyager brought the whole family. After they took the test, the kids were waiting to see what the results were—just creating that ownership was a huge shift.”

Brian Dinkins, 2012–13 Coprincipal, John Marshall Community High School, Indianapolis Public Schools

We were looking forward to some direction. ... In my past history dealing with schoolturnaround companies, they send two or three consultants. Voyager brought the whole family. After they took the test, the kids were waiting to see what the results were—just creating that ownership was a huge shift.”

Brian Dinkins, 2012–13 Coprincipal, John Marshall Community High School, Indianapolis Public Schools

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Indianapolis School Success