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In 2016-2017, ten campuses, across the U.S. completed the first year of the WBT Schools program. Large schools (staff of 90), small schools (staff of 7), K-8 and secondary campuses participated. Free and reduced lunch ranged from 50-95% of students. One crucial measure of success is promising: office referrals decreased from 30-75%. Test score data will be posted in August 2017.

 

The WBT Schools program is free, offers amazing weekly support, contains powerful academic and character education strategies classroom tested by thousands of instructors, and addresses education's core problem teaching Beloved Rascals.

 

A WBT School employs Whole Brain Teaching strategies like Class-Yes, Mirror Words, One Minute Lessons, Teach-Okay, the Scoreboard, and Super Improvers to increase student engagement, amp up classroom Funtricity and decrease behavior reports.
Pilot School: A minimum of five teachers begin at the Pilot level. Given a two year time frame, one teacher agrees to become a Gold Certified WBT Instructor and the other educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.
WBT Affiliate School: At the Affiliate level, 25% of a school's instructors and the principal commit to using WBT strategies. Given a two year time frame, the principal and a lead teacher agree to become Gold Certified WBT instructors; the other 25% of the school's educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.
WBT Certified School: Schools advance to the Certified level when the principal and four teachers are Gold Certified Instructors. the other 25% of the school's educators are Bonze Certified Instructors.
WBT Model School: Schools advance to the Model level when the principal and one teacher at every grade level or, in secondary, in every subject area, become Gold Certified Instructors. the other 25% of the school's educators are Bonze Certified Instructors.
WBT Emeritus School: School's advance to the Emeritus level, when every educator and administrator on site is a Gold Certified Instructor. WBT tattoos are optional.
Email SarahMeador@WholeBrainTeaching.com your school's registration information.
  1. School
  2. School Level (Pilot or Auxiliary)
  3. Principal
  4. City/State
  5. Grade Levels
  6. Number of Students
  7. Percent free or reduced lunch
  8. Total number of teachers
  9. Total number of WBT teachers
Sarah will send you additional information.
No. Pilot Schools can begin with as few as five teachers.. Currently, most WBT Schools range from 25% to 75% of a campus' teachers.
In Pilot Schools, the principal simply gives permission for the program to begin. At all other levels, the principal's role is vital, spending at least an hour per week in classrooms demonstrating WBT strategies and agreeing, within two years, to become a WBT Gold Certified instructor.
Once a week, all instructors at a school (except a Pilot) enter two kinds of data in an online report: Student Engagement Average and Teacher Talk Time (see below). In addition, WBT Teachers select one of our strategies to increase student engagement in the next week.
Online reports, the main responsibility of principals and teachers, can be filed in as little as five minutes. Last year, Mary Wiggelsworth filed a report in 4 minutes flat, but confessed she had a teen's help.
Classes and schools change and improve, but at the pace of a glacier. You, and your colleagues, need a way to convince yourself that you’re getting somewhere! The beauty of the WBT Schools program is that it is surprisingly simple, requires no more than a handful of instructors (a school within a school), and will remarkably improve student engagement. After a teacher enters all students' names in our online spreadsheet, she scores each kid, weekly, based on the following scale. (Secondary educators assess an average class, neither their best nor worst.)

5: Student Leader = Exemplary student, able to deliver WBT lessons

4: Alpha = almost always follows classroom rules

3: Go Along = usually follows classroom rules

2: Fence Sitter = occasionally follows classroom rules

1: Beloved Rascal = almost never follows classroom rules

0: Amazer = keeps others, with amazing effectiveness, from learning

Newbies: Score all new students a 2, until you know them better.

Tweeners: When in doubt between two scores, the teacher, to avoid grade inflation, should always pick the lower score.

To ensure objectivity, don't look at scores from previous weeks; use "blind" scoring. The engagement of your students improves ... but often at a rate that is too slow to notice. The spreadsheet automatically calculates the Student Engagement Average for the week. In place of test scores, federal and state data, numbers required by the district, focus on your group's engagement average. One number, easy to understand, becomes the primary index of educational health. Once more: improve the WBT Pilot School's engagement average and disruptions decline, teacher morale ascends, and test scores rise. Improving student engagement is the rising tide that lifts all boats.
The ratio of the time teachers spend delivering Direct Instruction lessons to the time kids spend collaboratively rehearsing information and skills is considered, by many educators, an important measure of instructional effectiveness. To assess active student learning, instructors also record, online, one of the following ratios each week.

10% teacher talk/ 90% kid talk (+2 bonus points)

20% teacher talk/ 80% kid talk (+1 bonus points)

30% teacher talk/ 70% kid talk (+.8 bonus points)

40% teacher talk/ 60% kid talk (+.6 bonus points)

50% teacher talk/ 50% kid talk (+.5 bonus points)

60% teacher talk/ 40% kid talk (+.4 bonus points)

70% teacher talk/ 30% kid talk (+.3 bonus points)

80% teacher talk/ 20% kid talk (+.2 bonus points)

90% teacher talk/ 10% kid talk (+.1 bonus points)

Note the large bonus, 2 points, at the top of the scale. A sample of these highly engaged lessons can be found in our Golden Quad videos. Twice a week, teachers self assess the above ratios. They write down the time a half hour lesson begins and start a stop watch whenever. When kids are talking, working on the lesson's content, the watch is stopped.. At the end of the half hour, stop watch time is subtracted from total time. For example, Wigglesworth spoke for 22 minutes and her kids spoke for 8 minutes. The ratio, rounding down would be 70% teacher talk/30% student talk for a measly .3 bonus points.
Meet as a staff and decide on quarterly, or trimester targets. Here is a sample:

Quarter 1

  • Rules: Classes rehearse rules, entertainingly, five times per day, beginning with the teacher leading the rules. By quarter's end, whenever a rule number is called out, students respond quickly with the rule and the gesture. Rule call out is used when individual students need a reminder, For example, a kid speaks without following Rule 2. The teacher calls out "Two!" The class energetically responds with the rule and gesture.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 3 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: Every student has completed at least two levels on the Super Improver Team (10 stars total), with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virutes, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every Pilot student responds to questions, in class or out, with a one sentence answer, using the following Brainies: capital letter, period.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom has at least 10 Power Pix in their wall display.

Quarter 2

  • Rules: Rule rehearsals are led by students. Recess Practice is initiated for rule rehearsal, beginning with 30 seconds per rehearsal. Increasing in 15 second intervals, Recess Practice reaches a plateau of 120 seconds near quarter's end.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 6 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: Every student has completed at least two levels on the Super Improver Team (20 stars total) with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every Pilot student responds to questions, in class or out, with a two sentence answer, using the following Brainies: capital letter, period, because.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 20 Power Pix in their wall display.

Quarter 3

  • Rules: Recess Practice is supplemented by Advanced Character Education, graduating from filling in sentence frames to paragraph frames by quarter's end.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 9 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: The majority of students have completed at least four levels on the Super Improver Team (40 stars total) with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every Pilot student responds to questions with a three sentence answer, using these Brainies: capital letter, period, because, and. Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 30 Power Pix in their wall display.

Quarter 4

  • Rules: Recess Practice and Advanced Character Education are supplemented, for select students, by the BullsEye game and the Agreement Bridge.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 12 or higher by year's end with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: The majority of students have completed at least seven levels on the Super Improver Team (70 stars total) with the following ratios: approximately 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every Pilot student responds to questions, in or out of class, with a four sentence answer beginning with a Triple Whammy topic sentence and including these Brainies: capital letter, period, because, and, comma.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 40 Power Pix in their wall display.
Every WBT classroom, by the end of week one will have the following.
  1. A large attractive Scoreboard.
  2. An even larger, more attractive Super Improver display.
  3. An area set aside for Power Pix (math: red border, language arts: blue border, science: green border)
  4. A Rules display with Character Education Virtues featured.
  5. A Brainy display,
  6. An area for the daily agenda
  7. A Big Point circle on the floor and a ceiling sign.
All WBT Schools compete in a weekly competition, the League. A school's score is the average of every teacher's Student Engagement Average plus each teacher's Teacher Talk Time bonus. These numbers are automatically calculated by our online system. Every week is a new contest. The previous winner winner can be the current cellar dweller. As motivation for proud admins, staff and students, League standings are posted weekly on our Facebook page, (80,000 Likes).

Note: A school's score is adversely effected if one or more teachers do not turn in a weekly report. How could that ever happen? Assume a campus' weekly points are 3.5. However, only 85% of the instructors turned in a score. The final total would be 2.97 (.85 x 3.5).

Occasional contests, rarely involving tatoos, will be posted for bonus points.