Eagle Rock Continues Partnership With The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s Democracy Schools

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue education renewal work in Illinois in collaboration with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s Democracy Schools.  On November 21, Eagle Rock will facilitate Instructional Rounds with Democracy Schools at West Aurora School District 129 in Aurora, Illinois

Instructional rounds are a disciplined way for educators to work together to improve practice.  This combines three common elements of improvement: observations, an improvement strategy, and a network of educators.  Many educators currently use one or more of these elements, often with some success. It’s the combination of elements that are most powerful.  It’s hard to dislodge familiar habits and behaviors that serve different purposes, the most ingrained of which are supervision and evaluation.

Instructional rounds contrast with supervision and evaluation on a number of dimensions, the first of which is learning.  Rounds are an inquiry process. People doing round should expect to learn something themselves. In supervision and evaluation, only the person being observed is expected to learn.  Participants in rounds emphasize the learning they do as observers. Rounds are NOT about “fixing” individual teachers. Rounds are about understanding what’s happening in schools, how we as a system produce those effects, and how we can move closer to producing the learning we want to see.

Rounds are fundamentally descriptive and analysis, not evaluative.  At no point in rounds do we declare what we see to be “good” or “bad” or something we “like” or “don’t like.”  Observers don’t tell the observed what to do next to improve. However, observers do think about the “next level of work” or what the school could do to make progress toward solving their problem of practice.

Eagle Rock Continues Partnership With The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s Democracy Schools

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will continue education renewal work in Illinois in collaboration with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s Democracy Schools.  On April 17th, Eagle Rock will facilitate Instructional Rounds with Democracy Schools at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL

Instructional rounds are a disciplined way for educators to work together to improve practice.  This combines three common elements of improvement: observations, an improvement strategy, and a network of educators.  Many educators currently use one or more of these elements, often with some success. It’s the combination of elements that are most powerful.  It’s hard to dislodge familiar habits and behaviors that serve different purposes, the most ingrained of which are supervision and evaluation.

Instructional rounds contrast with supervision and evaluation on a number of dimensions, the first of which is learning.  Rounds are an inquiry process. People doing round should expect to learn something themselves. In supervision and evaluation, only the person being observed is expected to learn.  Participants in rounds emphasize the learning they do as observers. Rounds are NOT about “fixing” individual teachers. Rounds are about understanding what’s happening in schools, how we as a system produce those effects, and how we can move closer to producing the learning we want to see.

Rounds are fundamentally descriptive and analysis, not evaluative.  At no point in rounds do we declare what we see to be “good” or “bad” or something we “like” or “don’t like.”  Observers don’t tell the observed what to do next to improve. However, observers do think about the “next level of work” or what the school could do to make progress toward solving their problem of practice.

Save the Date – Eagle Rock is Turning 25

Friends & Family of Eagle Rock,

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center — a quarter century of engagement with students and PDC partners! We ask that you please save the date and join us in Estes Park on Saturday, June 30, 2018, to commemorate this exciting milestone.

Since school will be in session, this will be a great opportunity to tour campus, meet current students and staff, and see what we’re up to.

If you wish to stay nearby, lodging discounts will be available at Best Western Plus Silver Saddle — just mention Eagle Rock.

Additional lodging, event details and other logistics will be shared in the coming months at EagleRock25th.com.

Use the sign-up form below to be notified of updates and additional information regarding the 25th Anniversary celebration.

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the past, experience today and engage in our future. We look forward to seeing you next summer!

In celebration,

Team Eagle Rock

Estes Park Trail Gazette – For Immediate Release: Estes Park Youth Day of Action and Service Learning

Laurie Dale Marshall EVICS – For the Trail Gazette

This Friday, January 20, the energy in Estes Park will be fueled by over one hundred local youth as they participate in Estes Park Youth Day of Action and Service Learning.  This day of community service is a collaborative effort of the Estes Valley Library, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC), Eagle Rock School, and Estes Thrives.  The event highlights the Youth In Action program of the Estes Valley Library Teen Zone.

The youth of Estes Park will give back by performing service projects at ten sites throughout the community.   The youth will not only be helping by getting their hands dirty, but will also engage with local nonprofits and civic groups to learn more about the work they do and the decision-making process of the organizations.

Youth In Action promotes strong community ties and involvement among youth, striving to foster a lifelong engagement in civic and philanthropic service.  This Friday’s day of service learning will act as a launch pad, igniting an ongoing relationship between the Estes Park community and local youth.  The format for the day builds upon the service component that is an essential part of Eagle Rock School.

After a day of service work and learning, youth will lead a debriefing session from 2:00 to 3:00pm in the Town Hall.  This will be a time for all participating organizations, youth, and interested community members to come together to reflect on the day.  Youth will share experiences and organization representatives will reflect on the involvement of youth as a community resource.  Community members are invited to join us for this reflection time to learn how they might be encouraged to support the engagement of youth as influencers in our community.

To help us celebrate the unique knowledge, experiences, and perspective of local youth, our Mayor will proclaim Friday, January 20 as Estes Park Youth Day of Action and Service Learning at a breakfast for participating youth and organizations.   Help us extend the energy of this day by encouraging the engagement of local youth toward inspired growth of Estes Park.  For more information on Youth In Action or this Friday’s event, contact Teen Librarian Laurie Dale Marshall at ldalemarshall@estesvalleylibray.org.

Eagle Rock Continues Collaboration in Santa Fe

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will be supporting planning for the 2015 Youth Summit during the week of September 14, 2015.  Eagle Rock plays a key role in supporting and co-sponsoring the 2015 Youth Summit in Santa Fe. The summit is focused on improving youth engagement during the high school years. Eagle Rock gathers and trains youth in the Santa Fe area to help plan this summit likely to draw hundreds of young people. Sessions at the summits will generate recommendations and an action plan to support youth in and out of school. The summit is run on behalf of Santa Fe’s Children and Youth Commission and the youth recommendations will be a source for an upcoming position paper to be drafted by the Santa Fe mayor’s office.

Eagle Rock Supports Innovations High School

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock will be supporting Innovations High School in Reno, NV on Thursday, September 10 & Friday, September 11, 2015 revolving around an asset inventory about project-based learning curriculum and instruction.  Innovations High School is part of the Big Picture Learning Network.  Big Picture Learning’s mission is the education of a nation, one student at a time.  As a non-profit organization dedicated to a fundamental redesign of education in the United States, Big Picture Learning’s (BPL) vision is to catalyze vital changes in K-Adult education by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized learning environments that work in tandem with the real world of their greater community.