- How did your team define success with regards to student learning? What evidence did you expect to have per your plan?
Fishtrap Story Lab’s definitions of success depended on the number of students the program reached, the percentage of those students who worked on or completed a project, and that those projects were shared with fellow students and the greater community.
Student learning was defined by attendance, participation, and productiveness. Evidence included documentation of student attendance, linear progression first from writing prompts, then technology training/experimentation, and finally to using these tools to produce written, and digitally produced stories.
- How did you track or measure student learning this year? Share any tools used (e.g. rubrics).
Student learning was measured by the amount of projects they participated in and produced. Teachers took attendance. Assignments were turned in at the end of every class period for review and comments. Written and digital assignments were archived.
- Have you seen (or perhaps heard) and collected evidence of student learning? Share a summary or examples of evidence of student learning.
Student projects are all collected, reviewed, and in the case of digital projects, archived on a server and on social media. The Fishtrap Story Lab Student Showcase and Summer Fishtrap Youth Workshop Showcase are great examples and resources for reviewing examples of evidence of student learning. They can be viewed on the Fishtrap Story Lab Facebook Page along with dozens of others.
Fishtrap Story Lab Facebook Page
- What did you learn about tracking or measuring student learning this year (either about the process or the results)? Did you discover anything unexpected? Was anything particularly challenging?
We learned that students learn and produce a massive amount of work given inspiring teachers, a safe and encouraging learning environment, and the tools to express themselves. We can do a better job of measuring student learning through data collection, testimonials, and documentation.
- How will you use what you learned to inform your efforts next year?
We will improve our documentation of student learning by collecting evidence, and set up a system for archiving digital and analog work. We will continue to collect testimonials from students but this year, expand it to teachers, administrators, family, and community members. We see continued professional development for educators as key to student learning as well as identify new instructors for the program as it expands throughout Wallowa County.