Message from Teal Maxwell Richards

Lynn Ingegneri - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It’s been an exciting few months at Twin Peaks! Now that students are settled in for the year, teachers are hard at work analyzing assessment data so that they can plan for effective and engaging instruction. Last week, the K–12 teaching staff participated in a root cause data analysis. Three questions guided our data conversations: Where are we? Where do we want to be? How will we get there?

The goal of this time was to take a big picture look at how Twin Peaks students are performing, acknowledge areas of strength, and make a plan about how to address areas of challenge. Working in grade level and content area teams, teachers analyzed TCAP proficiency and growth data from last spring and set goals in the area of greatest need. One of our greatest celebrations was that in all grades tested, Twin Peaks students had significant growth in the area of writing! Next week at our staff meeting, teachers will present their goals and action steps. If you’re interested in hearing more about where we are, where we’re headed, and how we’ll get there, please consider joining us for the State of the School presentation on Thursday, October 16th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Commons.

These K–12 data talks are just one example of the work I’ll be doing throughout the year. One of my top priorities as academic dean is to collaborate with teachers, support staff, and other administrators to make sure our curriculum and instruction in grades K–12 are aligned and effective. As a K–12 school, we have a tremendous opportunity to guide students from kindergarten all the way through to high school graduation! I’m excited to have an opportunity to contribute to such an amazing school.

Teal Maxwell Richards
Dean of Academics