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Day in the Life

Every moment with our students - who we call PREPsters - is precious and valuable. Educators invest as many hours as it takes to be exceptional instructional leaders creating exceptional student results because we know every one of our PREPsters is on a path to college. PREPsters are on campus from 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Kauffman School teachers often come early to and stay late to role play lessons, give and receive lesson feedback and collaborate with other staff. Take a look at a day in the life of a Kauffman School teacher.
A Day in the Life of a Kauffman Teacher
Teachers arrive to make copies and prepare their classrooms to ensure that everything is ready for the PREPsters arrival.
Teachers meet with coaches or colleagues to role play lessons; this internalization ensures that teachers are maximizing instructional time with students.

7:30-7:45 STAFF HUDDLE
Instructional Staff meet in Huddle, which is a time for announcements and shout-outs to start the day off successfully. Having all staff on the same page means consistency for our school team and for our students.
School leaders greet each student with a handshake as they enter the school building. Every student deserves to be greeted with a smile and support, confirming that staff will do whatever it takes to prepare them to be college graduates.

7:50-8:05 BREAKFAST
Students eat breakfast and teachers use this time to check-in, collect homework data, and make announcements. Teachers set our students up for success by building positive relationships and celebrating success.
8:10-9:00 TEACH
Kauffman School teachers use Teach Like A Champion classroom strategies that they learn and practice during professional development on Fridays. The Kauffman School is dedicated to excellent professional development in order to cultivate our teachers into strong instructional leaders.

Kauffman School teachers have multiple opportunities to develop skills and mindsets that will support them in their success as an instructional leader. Once a week, teachers meet with their content teams during the day to review lesson plans for the following weeks and give feedback on these plans prior to teaching them. 

9:54-10:09 MORNING BREAK
Breaks are built into the school day in order to provide students with snacks, energy, and time for support that they need to be successful.
10:13-11:03 TEACH
Lessons at the Kauffman School are aligned to the daily learning objective and informed by data. Teachers differentiate lessons based on data that they analyze from rigorous assessments.

Observation and feedback are key structures that allow the Kauffman School staff to develop into strong instructional leaders. Teachers complete short, weekly observations to give feedback to one another. Peer observations encourage best practices and ensure consistency among classrooms.

12:01-12:24 PREP
The Kauffman School's culture is defined not only by high academic expectations, but also by our set of shared beliefs that serve as tools for current and future success. Teachers use this time to teach and develop PREP values - perseverance, respect, empathy, and passion - within their students.
12:28-12:51 LUNCH
The structures and systems in place at the school ensure that every minute is used to promote learning. It is purposeful, intentional, and joyful. Teacher use lunch to chat with students, eat lunch, and track homework completion to show students their progress toward earning a various incentives.

12:55-1:45 TEACH
All teachers focus on Accountable Talk strategies in their classrooms which promote strong academic language development. These skills include the ability to respond in a college voice, answering in complete sentences and build off another student's answers.

1:49-2:39 TEACH
Teachers check for understanding using different methods throughout the lesson, test for mastery using exit slips, and base their teaching on data.

Each week, teachers engage in a one-on-one coaching session with an instructional coach or principal that is driven by the teacher's development goals. Teachers might focus on building skills in instructional delivery, practicing or role playing a lesson, or diving into content to plan rigorous lessons for students. 

Teachers wave goodbye to the buses as students head home to complete their lifework, or homework. Some students stay later in order to participate in clubs such as newspaper, theater, French, and dance.