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Conifer High School
12th Grader: Michael Mosey
On: Precision Prep
|The Precision Prep course I went through helped prepare me for taking the ACT test. It gave me clear examples of what to be prepared for and the range of difficulty that I needed to study to get my desired score. The different tasks and practice English and Reading sections were very similar to what was on the actual test, and I feel it assisted me in achieving the score that I got.|
Personal Milestones Based on ACT/SAT Benchmarks
Helping Students Identify Their Needs
Student Dashboards Illuminate Needs
Pin-Pointing Knowledge Strands and Mastery Levels
Student Instructional Supports
Tools & Resources Tailored To Learning Priorities
Precision Prep is an after-school instructional service for students and parents. It's based upon the principle that student's grow fastest when their needs, not pre-determined expectations, dictate their instructional focus. Schools strive to help students meet grade-level expectations. They do not have the time and resources to simulateously have teachers be driven by the particular learning needs of every student. Precision Prep allows passionate teachers and parents to independently help students move toward college readiness along a track based upon their needs, while strengthening school success as well.
Despite the advance of online educational tools, learning remains a uniquely personal process. Research confirms that students perform best when they are guided by a professional educator who can team up with a guardian. This is the foundational principal of Precision Prep.
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For two consecutive years, teachers at Conifer HS showcased "Needs-driven Instructional Methods" and their impact on student growth (See Conifer's Story Below). These methods follow a process whereby teachers are "pulled" by each student's needs, in contrast to them "pushing" grade-level expectations upon their students in the classroom. And when parents turn to tutors, they traditionally do so to push their kids a little harder to achieve these expectations.
But we know that students grow faster and move farther when their needs, not pre-determined expectations, dictate their learning priorities. We also know that when a student's needs fall below, exceed, or are outside of classroom curriculum, then frustration and discouragement results; growth slows.
Schools today don't have the time or resources to move, as a whole, toward its goals and, at the same time, align the instructional priorities of every teacher to the learning needs of every student - the practices and tools are fundamentally different and there's only so much time in the school day. The good news is that many teachers have the time, and passion, outside of school to do the latter. Precision Prep harnesses the energy of passionate teachers, provides them the tools, and empowers them to help move students toward college readiness using authentic needs-driven mehtods.
Precision Prep Instructional Blocks
The Precision Prep Process
Conifer offers a template (below) for introducing "Competency-Base Instructional Methods" into a school without intruding on classroom responsibilities of the staff, yet increasingly inform the staff of the evolving needs and accomplishments of students who are enrolled in Precision Prep.
Spring 2016, working with Precision School Improvement LLC, Conifer introduced a non-grade seminar for students needing improvement in their high stakes test scores. Conifer adopted the methods/tools described above.
Precision Prep helps schools overcome capacity contraints, allows passionate teachers to increase their value to the community, and gives parents the college readiness roadmaps they need to have for their kids. (View School Dashboard Below)