Transformative Leadership for SAT Excellence: Equip education leaders with the skills to design actionable instructional plans, promote equity, and implement data-driven high school programs aligned with SAT expectations.
THE READINESS INSTITUTE
The Readiness Institute encompasses a three-track program for Leaders, Teachers, and Students. Bridges to Readiness would work with your district to design content for and facilitate a multi-day workshop with an emphasis on understanding the bar for how students become prepared for life after high school through the lens of the SAT. This program utilizes research-based approaches to both sections of the SAT, and provides understanding of how the SAT aligns to the demands of college and career readiness.
In the Leadership Track, education leaders are trained to design an Instructional Quality Action Plan aligned with SAT expectations and equity principles. They gain knowledge of SAT benchmarks, evidence-based practices, and strategies to support historically marginalized students. Leaders in this track also pilot refined assessment and data routines to implement a data-driven high school program focused on equity and student feedback.
The Teacher Track focuses on developing college- and career-readiness content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Teachers deepen their understanding of the SAT demands, analyze student misconceptions, and practice responding to student work. They also examine their own materials and instructional practices to align with the SAT and observe the tutoring program to learn best practices in delivering rigorous content to high school students.
The Student track of Bridges to Readiness offers small group high-dosage tutoring for up to 15 rising 11th graders. Students receive 12 hours of tutoring focused on SAT Math preparation using the Readiness Math curriculum and the Knowledge-Building reading course. Individualized support is provided based on students' PSAT scores, allowing tailored instruction to address their specific learning needs and serve as a model for leveraging SAT data for instructional decisions.
1 | LEADERSHIP TRACK
Bridges to Readiness would provide a learning experience for up to thirty(30) leaders (e.g., high school principals, instructional coaches, and Chief Academic Officers) that would drive towards the following key outcomes:
Designing an Instructional Quality Action Plan for 2023-24: Leaders will set objectives and key results for their high school academic program for 2023-24, aligned to the expectations fo the SAT and tied to deep beliefs around equity for students.
Understanding the Bar: Leaders will deepen their understanding of the benchmarks of the SAT in EBRW and math, as well as learn evidence-based practices (e.g., a knowledge-rich curriculum, a text-centered approach, and work around mathematical language and mathematical identities for high school students).
Refining a Theory of Support for Historically Marginalized Students: Leaders will codify a theory of support for diverse learners & historically marginalized students (students of color, students who are low-income, and students with other language or learning needs), and determine specific strategies of these students for the upcoming school year, including how and where high-dosage tutoring (and the implementation of which) plays a key role.
Piloting Refined Assessment and Data Routines in 2023-24: Leaders will establish an assessment strategy for the upcoming school year rooted in standards alignment, high-quality tasks, progress monitoring, and student feedback in the institute, leaders will walk away with a clear plan and dashboard for how to implement a data-driven high school program in EBRW & math and pilot it in 2023-34 with the hopes to scale across content areas in years to come.
2 | TEACHER TRACK
Bridges to Readiness would provide a learning experience for up to thirty (30) teachers that would drive towards the following key outcomes:
Developing College- and Career-Readiness Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Teachers will deepen their understanding of demands of the SAT and HS rigor through experiencing sample tasks, analyzing potential student misconceptions and practicing responding to student work. As part of this process, teachers will hone their mindsets, skills, and knowledge around how all students can reach the bar of the standards with the right support.
Understanding Curricular Instructional Alignment to the SAT: Teachers will examine their own materials and instructional practices to see and strengthen connecting to the SAT and their daily instruction.
Seeing and Practicing Aligned Instruction: Teachers will observe the tutoring program happening concurrently to unpack best practices and practice delivering rigorous content to students at the high school level.
3 | STUDENT TRACK
Bridges to Readiness would provide small group high-dosage tutoring for up to fifteen (15) students (rising 11th graders) with the following objectives:
Preparedness for the SAT in Math: Students would receive twelve (12) hours of small group tutoring throughout the two-day experience. This tutoring would focus on implementing the Readiness Math curriculum as well as the Knowledge-Building reading course.
Individualized Support: Bridges to Readiness would use these students PSAT scores from Fall of 2023 to determine individualized instruction to these students' learning acceleration needs as revealed by the data. This practice (as well as the actual tutoring instruction) would serve as a model for how leaders and teachers can easily act upon SAT data.