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KoLAB Specialist

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Principles of
These descriptors provide the KoLAB Specialists and Coordinator key responsibilities that will guide their contributions during planning time, collaborative meetings, and KoLAB time.
KoLABoration
KOLAB SPECIALIST
Connect KoLAB activities and content to homeroom activities and content; emphasize connections between disciplines
#1
Engage students and develop their science ‘identities’ through open-ended inquiry-based activities
#2
Implement best instructional practices and standards-based teaching
Balance the use of step-by-step instruction with learning activities that require exploration and tinkering (present the idea that ‘creating’ is a common task)
#3
#4
COLLABORATIVE TIME
Connect disciplines using grade level themes and transdisciplinary culminating challenges
Provide expertise for science and engineering to support the unit
Create a hook or entry-event that encompasses the unit
Provide expertise for science and engineering to support the unit and day-to-day instruction plans
#3
#2
#1
#4
DURING KOLAB
PLANNING TIME
Generate pacing guides and day-to-day lesson plans for KoLAB time
Create a culture that emphasizes connections between all disciplines
Assess the program through benchmarks, the mission statement, strategic plan, and student surveys
Create partnerships with government, business, and community groups
#6
#5
#1
#7
Create assessments for each unit (i.e. rubrics, projects, applied tasks, etc.)
Plan and execute opportunities for students to showcase their work within the school and community (i.e. fairs, exhibition, etc.)
Evaluate learning outcomes and complete progress reports each term
#3
#2
#4
Provide ongoing training and support to our school community (teachers, students, and parents)
#8
Attend professional development and extend learning for continual growth in transdisciplinary, STEM education
#9
Make quality transdisciplinary, STEM materials and resources available to teachers
#5
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COORDINATOR
Contribute to the vision and execution of the program
#1
Work collaboratively with all stakeholders
#2
Continue to evaluate and research best practices for the program
#3
Develop ‘mentors’ within the KIS community to support student projects
#4
Assist in the development and delivery of transdisciplinary professional development both within divisions and school-wide
#5
Attend grade-levels meetings to move all teachers towards independence in the delivery of transdisciplinary instruction and curriculum
#6