Services
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    SPARK INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENT AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (IIMS)

    SPARK IIMS combines open source Moodle with custom features. It provides K-12 schools the ability to manage several tasks in one platform such as assessment, online courses, reporting & analysis and curriculum.

    Features of SPARK IIMS are including but not limited to:

    ·   Online course management

    • * With Personalized Dashboard, teachers are able to Organize and display courses the way you want, and view at a glance current tasks and messages.
    • * Collaborative tools and activities: Work and learn together in forums, wikis, glossaries, database activities, and much more.
    • * All-in-one calendar: SPARK’s calendar tool helps you keep track of your academic or company calendar, course deadlines, group meetings, and other personal events.
    • * Convenient file management for each course taught
    • * Simple and intuitive text editor: Format text and conveniently add media and images with an editor that works across all web browsers and devices.
    • * Notifications: When enabled, users can receive automatic alerts on new assignments and deadlines, forum posts and also send private messages to one another.
    • * Direct learning paths: Design and manage courses to meet various requirements. Classes can be instructor-led, self-paced, blended or entirely online.
    • * Multimedia Integration: SPARK’s built-in media support enables you to easily search for and insert video and audio files in your courses.
    • * Group management: Group learners to share courses, differentiate activities and facilitate team work.
    • * Ability to backup and restore course content among throughout the site
    • * Electronic teacher grade book
    • * Instant progress reports

     

    ·         Curriculum and Lesson Plan management

    • * Annual pacing
    • * Easy lesson plan creation
    • * Standards and Learning Goals alignment
    • * Reporting and coverage analysis(*)
    • * Admin monitoring of lesson plan submission

     

    ·         Standards Based Assessments

    • * Computer based testing
    • * Ability to create Questions for use in quizzes/tests for online assessments and for import into lessons
    • * Connect questions with state and/or national standards
    • * Various question types including Essay, Calculated, Description, Embedded Answer, Short-Answer, True/False, and Multi-choice.
    • * In print testing with OCR/OMR capabilities
    • * Progress tracking with detailed item analysis

     

    ·         Behavior record management

    • * Conduct point reporting
    • * Discipline steps
    • * One click parent notification letters
    • * Instant parent access to discipline records

     

    ·         Attendance record management

    • * Easy attendance reporting for teachers
    • * Daily and cumulative attendance reports

     

    ·         Online student application management

    • * Notification and confirmation emails
    • * Record management for registrars and administrators
    • * Multiple user access for various roles

     

    ·         Progress Monitoring

    • * Daily/weekly email notifications of academic progress
    • * Access to SPARK 24/7 to track the progress and monitor any activity in courses
    • * Instant print of progress report
    • * Progress Report of benchmark assessments

     

    ·         Teacher and Administrator dashboards

     

    With the SPARK IIMS, teachers are able to

    • CREATE and ADMINISTER in-print or online tests that are aligned with State and Common Core standards,
    • DELIVER ASSESSMENTS online or in-print with scannable answer sheets,
    • SEE the results instantly for online or in-print tests,
    • ACCESS the graphical reports to track the progress of students,
    • IMPLEMENT DATA-DRIVEN instruction using gap analysis reports
    • CUSTOMIZE their course pages
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    REPORTING & ANALYSIS

    reportsProvide immediate access to benchmark reports.

    Benchmark Reports Dashboard allows instructional leaders to view school’s academic progress on standardized tests. Users can drill down to see teachers, classroom, and student Benchmark Performance by subject.  The achievement report gives the breakdown percentage of the performance levels according to the State Assessments.

    The Benchmark Test Reports provide the schools with tiers analysis data to be used in their RTI implementation. By drilling down the data, it can be determined which group of students need Benchmark, Strategic or Targeted Progress Monitoring.

    GAP analysis report gives the ability to identify the weak standards and adjust the instruction accordingly. Teachers are able to access the Gap analysis and Item Analysis data for their courses.

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    BENCHMARK ASSESSMENTS

    benchmarkCharter Resources develops periodic Comprehensive Benchmark Assessments to measure the progress of students toward standards mastery for the purpose of guiding instruction. The Benchmark assessments are developed to reflect the item specification of the State Tests in both cognitive complexity and reporting categories. Our test results provide reliable data compared to the state assessments.

    Easy Administration – Our benchmark tests are easy to administer – online or paper based – by the teachers and the results are instantly accessible with either methods of administration.

    Reports & Analysis – Benchmark tests allows teachers to access data conveniently to re-design their lessons.

    Easy Access – Parents and students have instant access to the results and have ability to review the test results.

    Course management integration – Benchmark assessments and traditional assignments are administered within the course in SPARK. This gives ease of access to teachers, parents and students.

    Charter Resources also develops Formative Assessments (Mini-Benchmarks) to help teachers measure students’ comprehension of single strand/ standard or small section of the subject. These short length assessments are quick reflection of the lesson taught.

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    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    LESSON STUDY

    Lesson study is a professional development process that is found in Japan. In this study, teachers are engaged into systematical examination of their practice to become more effective educators. “Study Lessons” are being worked collaboratively by the teachers with the help of our academic coaches who act as outside advisors. There are four stages of the study lessons: planning, teaching, observing, and critiquing the lessons.  Diversity of the teachers in terms of grade levels and interest areas provide a rich perspective to the activities of the lesson study.

    According to the CPALMS.org of FSU; Teachers who participate in purposeful lesson study become more proficient at:

    • Thinking systematically about student learning goals
    • Using data to identify problem areas in the teaching and learning of their subjects
    • Deepening their understanding of content and pedagogy related to their subjects
    • Collaborating in unit and lesson planning to implement new strategies and techniques
    • Studying student product and reflecting on instruction and activities in accordance with the learning needs of the students

    For more information about lesson study, visit http://www.lessonstudygroup.net.

     

    PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

    • Classroom strategies & management
    • Instructional Technology integration
    • Common Core Adoption
    • Data Interpretation & Analysis
    • Differentiation
    • STEM and Inquiry-Based Learning
    • Project Based Learning
    • Annual planning & pacing
    • Lesson planning
    • Resource sharing
    • Co‐teaching activities to explore an aspect of instruction

     

    MENTORSHIP

    New teacher transition and training