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Focus Areas for 2018-19 : These are the areas in which The Caton School (P.S. 249) will focus their efforts:

 Students will create goals using their data, checklists and analysis of their errors and success criteria. They will reflect on their progress over time, create an action plan and incorporate data analysis into student-led conferences.  Students will accurately track their progress toward achieving success criteria by making decisions alongside their teacher about their next steps so that they own their learning and understand the assessment process.  Students are able to explain the teaching point in their own words by connecting it back to the lesson and to their own work. They are always able to answer the four key questions: What am I learning today? Why am I learning this? How will I know that I have learned it? (Teacher Clarity .75)  Teachers will use checks for understanding strategies (e.g. exit slips, common formative assessments, student work, to monitor student progress and make in-lesson adjustments).  Teachers will make data visible in their classrooms as a goal-setting tool, so that their students can work toward proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics.  Teachers will build collective efficacy in Achievement Teams as they work together to increase student proficiency in all subject areas. (Collective Teacher Efficacy )  Teachers will teach for transference by incorporating reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in all curriculum areas.  Leaders will interpret effect sizes with teachers and become knowledgeable about strategies that have high yield effect sizes and can influence classroom instruction.  Leaders will reinforce key messages to staff through observations and classroom visitations.  Leaders will monitor feedback implementation by asking students what kind of feedback they have received from teachers that day and by sharing how they are achieving success criteria in their data binders.  Leaders will lead and progress monitor the Six Exceptional Systems for continuous school improvement.

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The Caton School is a National School of Excellence!

The National Title I Association is pleased to announce that PS 249, The Caton School from Brooklyn, New York has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the state education agency in New York. PS 249, The Caton School is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017. A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories: Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.
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