Timeline of Actions

  • June 1, 2018
    Break Out Groups included T. Canny, N. Kindred, J. Kampes, A. Daniels, E. Purnell

    Completed the draft of the matrix and forwarded the remaining questions to administration so that committee can complete their portion of the information.


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  • May 31, 2018
    E. Purnell, R. Buterbaugh, T. Canny, A. Daniels, C. Diehl, F. Fiorini, J. Kampes, N. Kindred, D. Schneider

    Committee members met over two sessions to collaborate and organize survey/focus group information to input into the matrix as they fit into the identified areas of focus. E. Purnell shared Dr. McQuiggan’s initial skeleton report for the RMS Program Review which created questions that needed clarification.


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  • May 22, 2018
    Faculty Meeting Break Out Sessions 

    Faculty were divided into groups comprised of grade level teams and encore staff  to address focus area 3: Organizational Culture and Climate. 



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  • May 17, 2018
    E. Purnell, R. Buterbaugh, D. Kent, L. Piazolla, T. Canny, A. Daniels, C. Diehl, J. Echternach, J. Jacobson, A. McNally, S. Reece, N. Kindred, D. Schneider, J. Kampes

    Brief meeting to ensure that committee had focus areas topics for discussion to share out at the faculty meeting.



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  • May 16, 2018
    E. Purnell, L. Piazolla, A. Bailey, A. Daniels, J. Jacobson, C. Liston, N. Kindred, A. McMenamin, A. McNally, M. McConnell, S. Reece, D. Schneider, C. Walsberg, J. Kampes

    J.Kampes shared out the CCIU walkthrough rubric and results that administration had shared out and administration addressed concerns/questions presented by the committee (ex. requesting to see the actual rubrics and commentary for professional development/growth opportunities). 

    Group reviewed Dr. McQuiggan’s matrix and again collected feedback and concerns regarding the information in the document. Committee wants to see completed draft of matrix prior to any submission. Afterwards, group planned for the faculty meeting focus groups to address the third focus area.


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  • May 15, 2018

    Amplify Science Teacher Focus Group

    Radnor Middle School Science Department Chair Shannon Reece and Science Vertical Team Leader Caitlin Liston led teacher focus groups pertaining to Amplify Science.


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  • May 11, 2018
    M. McQuiggan, E. Purnell, Grade level chairs (C. Newlin, D .Schneider, C. Dougherty), J. Kampes, A. Daniels, R. Buterbaugh, C. Diehl, L. Raines

    Dr. McQuiggan reviewed with stakeholders the preliminary statistics she had on instructional minutes and the matrix that the committee should utilized in combining all needed areas of focus.


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  • April 30, 2018

    Amplify Science Student Focus Groups

    Current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students were asked to participate in a focus group in efforts to gather more information pertaining to the implantation of Amplify Science. Students met in small groups by grade with Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Kelly Murray and Radnor Middle School Science Department Chair Shannon Reece.


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  • April 2, 2018
    Vertical Alignment Classroom Observations

    Monday, April 2 was a curriculum In-Service Day for middle school teachers. The Radnor Middle School English/Language Arts (E/LA) teachers traveled to Radnor High School to complete classroom observations. Dr. Jim Kearney, E/LA Supervisor, and the Humanities coaches facilitated purpose setting and debriefing conversations around high school readiness. It provided the opportunity for E/LA teachers to visit classrooms at Radnor High School and observe similarities and differences in middle school and high school learning expectations and instructional strategies across classes. The purpose was to learn about how the middle school experience is alike or different from what students in high school are experiencing.

    Classroom observations were followed by a debriefing session that was facilitated by Humanities coaches from both buildings. Teachers engaged in conversation on positive patterns that were noticed across classes. Following the debrief, E/LA and Social Studies teachers participated in professional readings and collaboration on principles of effective writing instruction.



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  • April 2018
    Focus Group: RMS Parents

    Dr. Maureen McQuiggan and Superintendent Ken Batchelor invited parents to join in conversations around the middle school study questions. Focus groups were held on the following dates:

    • April 3, 2018 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
    • April 4, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • April 5, 2018 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



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  • April and May 2018
    Classroom Walk-throughs

    During the months of April and May, a variety of educators from outside Radnor will use a systematic observation tool to gather data around middle school instruction. The “look fors” will include:

    • Standards alignment
    • Differentiation
    • Student Engagement
    • Rigor



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  • March 19, 2018
    Focus Group: E/LA Teachers

    The Radnor Middle School faculty worked with administration to examine the following three areas:

    • Setting a purpose for the April 2 classroom observations at Radnor High School
    • Highly effective writing instruction as it pertains to this year’s study of writing
    • Differentiation, specifically the professional development needs of middle school teachers



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  • March 2018
    Data Trend Analysis

    Used the new PSBA supplied Eidex data portal to examine the five year history of PSSA performance at Radnor Middle School as compared to true peers across the state.  Eidex’s sophisticated algorithms now allow us to use poverty levels, school size, per pupil spending and other publicly available records to identify peer schools across the country.



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  • March 2018
    RMS Time Study

    Various artifacts and interviews were collected from the middle school to compile a complete and accurate calendar of how middle school students spend their time.  Academic calendars and bell schedules were also collected form a variety of middle schools to compare the use of time in the day and time in year.



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  • February 25, 2018
    Survey: RMS Parents

    Current and previous middle school parents were invited to participate in a three question survey pertaining to the middle school. To-date 273 parents have responded. The survey remains open for those who would like to offer input.



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  • February 5, 2018
    Curriculum Document Review

    Curriculum supervisors for the core four academic areas and the Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning met with Lisa Piazzola from the Professional Leaning Collaborative to examine curriculum document exemplars and review the process used to develop curriculum in the district. Guiding questions included:

    • Are the curriculum documents aligned to the most current standards in each area?
    • Do the curriculum documents as they exist support teachers in facilitating standards aligned instruction that meets the needs of our wide variety of learners?



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  • January 23, 2018
    Focus Group: RMS Faculty


    Staff members were broken into heterogeneous groups and brainstormed ideas related to study focus area 2, Organizational Structures and Processes.



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  • January 23, 2018
    Core Committee Meeting: Math Trend Data Analysis


    Dr. Murray joined the group to discuss trends around students within 50-75 points of PSSA proficiency and best practice options to support these students.



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  • January 22, 2018
    Core Committee Meeting: Curriculum Document Review


    Radnor Middle School Study Core Committee members engaged in collaborative conversations around patterns in the curriculum process and in the documents themselves. District office leaders, the principal, and teachers created a three-phase plan to determine what is needed to move forward. A common vision and purpose for curriculum was planned.



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  • January 19, 2018
    Core Committee Meeting: Student Support Focus

    Review and evaluate supports for students including differentiated instruction, drop-in centers, essentials classes, and enrichment.


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  • January 17, 2018
    Core Committee Meeting: Math Trend Data Analysis

    Math teachers joined the core committee to review PVAAS growth scores primarily targeting the students projected to be close to scoring proficient to identify trends.



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  • January 5, 2018
    Curriculum Alignment: The Role of Curriculum Documents

    Joint meeting of curriculum supervisors and middle school teacher leaders to review documents and determine what drives instruction at Radnor Middle School.



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  • January 3, 2018
    Core Committee Meeting: Process Feedback

    Core committee members discussed finalizing staff feedback around academic excellence including the recommendation to consider revisions to the current schedule; initial thoughts for focus area 2 which would coincide with scheduling, and discuss perception of testing and the impacts that public scores truly have.


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  • December 19, 2017
    Core Committee Meeting: Curriculum Document Review

    The Radnor Middle School Study Core Committee began an in-depth review and analysis of current curriculum documents to determine areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Members set a plan to discuss ways to move forward with getting the insights, thoughts, and feedback of stakeholder groups who will, at a later date, be involved in any planned curricular revisions.



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  • December 15, 2017
    Core Committee Meeting: Focus Area Academic Excellence

    A meeting was held with committee members to share the revised draft of feedback for academic excellence. Plan to collect initial feedback for Focus Area 2.


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  • November 28, 2017
    Focus Group: School Counselors

    School counselors at Radnor Middle School met to discuss ways the school program is preparing Radnor students for college and career. Using the PDE mandated 339 framework, the counselors identified gaps and later shared with staff what updates would be needed to the current practices to meet the minimum state requirements.

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  • November 14, 2017
    Focus Groups: RMS Faculty

    Reviewed study questions pertaining to academic excellence. Staff had the opportunity to key in on various areas of academic excellence and to generate suggestions/ideas/questions/comments.

    Areas discussed included:

    • Leveling
    • Instructional Time
    • Common Grading
    • Flexibility and Diversity in Instruction


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  • November 2, 2017
    Interviews: RMS Faculty and RTSD Administrators

    Lisa Piazzola from the Professional Learning Collaborative engaged instructional leaders in structured interviews and collaborative conversations regarding the RMS Program Review in order to determine the most impactful action steps to move the school forward towards growth in student learning. The following leaders were interviewed:

    • Jen Kampes, Lead Teacher
    • Abby Daniels, Coach
    • Beth Zigmont, STEM Coach
    • Franco Fiorini, Gifted Support
    • Ryan Buterbaugh, Assistant Principal
    • Esther Purnell, Principal
    • Kelly Murray, Math and Science Supervisor
    • Jim Kearney, Social Studies and E/LA Supervisor


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  • October 24, 2017
    Focus Groups: RMS Faculty

    RMS Study committee members led break out groups at a faculty meeting to collect initial input from staff regarding their overall views regarding the three areas of focus. Break-out groups will continue to collect more specific, targeted information in their individual areas.

    • Area #1: Academic Excellence
    • Area #2: Organizational Structures and Processes
    • Area #3: Organizational Culture and Climate



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  • October 17, 2017
    Core Committee Meeting

    Initial meeting to review study questions and make plans to engage staff in the process. The following questions were addressed:

    • What information is needed from the student viewpoint and how will it be collected?
    • What information is needed from the parent viewpoint and how will it be collected?
    • What do we, the staff, believe to be the most important parts of RMS that should be held onto?


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  • October 3, 2017
    Core Team Meeting

    The RMS Program Review Core Committee met to discuss the following agenda items:

    • 3 Key Areas to Study: Academic Excellence, Organizational Structures and Process, Organizational Culture and Climate
    • Review District Action Plan
    • Draft and Revise Study Questions
    • Discussion Topics:

      • Beginning of year activities
      • 339 Plans
      • Academic levels


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