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The Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning

Law and Humanities Academy Action Plan

School Year 2012-2013                                                         Mr. Robert Nikc, Academy Director


Academy Goal:   The teachers within the Law and Humanities Academy will work collaboratively and effectively to provide quality instruction for all of its students.  This will be accomplished via having a firm understanding, and full awareness, of each individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. Possessing this knowledge, in addition to, having a wide spectrum of varied best teaching practices at their disposal will allow all students who may be at different levels to achieve within a heterogeneous classroom setting.



A.     Inter-visitation across the academy will be implemented in order for teachers to glean new, effective instructional approaches.

B.     A variety of data-driven assessment tools will be used in order to monitor and increase successful student achievement.

C.     Grade level teams will meet periodically to openly discuss the students they have in common.  Parents are invited to meet with their child’s grade level team to discuss their son/daughter’s progress, and how best to assist the educational process during this meeting. 

D.    Teachers will provide an environment which promotes a higher standard of education and academic rigor thus increasing student regard for academics.


Strategy:  Via common planning time, teachers will collaborate to design quality instructional units.   The units of instruction will be interdisciplinary as appropriate.



                   Instructional Focus


Differentiation Strategies, Hands-on Activities, Cooperative Learning, Use of Technology


Readers/Writers Workshop, 25 Book Campaign, Genre Based Thematic Units of Study, Cooperative Learning


Cooperative Learning, Inquiry Method, Hands-on Activities, Field Trips

Social Studies

Document Based Questions, Cooperative Learning, Student Notebooks, Field Trips



Teacher Indicators of Success:

·         Student assessments

·         Classroom observations and inter-visitations

·         Student/Teacher Conferences

·         Teacher TAN

·         Classroom climate

·         Teachers sharing best practices


Student Indicators of Success:

·         State Assessment Results, DRA scores, and core test results

·         Student’s SAN, reflective journals, and portfolios

·         Oral Presentation

·         Peer-Assessment feedback

·         Student engagement, accountable talk

·         End of term projects

Last Modified on February 26, 2013