20-Minute Online Schoology Course: SAO Beginning of the Year – Creating & Submitting a Quality SAO

Directions to access the Professional Learning Schoology Group:

  • Log in to Schoology and go to ‘Groups’ on the top blue navigation bar.
  • Select the ‘My Groups’ link on the right of the screen.
  • Select ‘Join Group’ on the right and enter the access code:  ZJDR-NJQR-XRZVW
  • The Professional Learning list of offerings can be found in the ‘Resources’ section on the left navigation bar within the group.
    • Then choose ‘Instructional Staff’, next select the ‘Student Achievement Objectives (SAOs) folder, and finally click on the ‘SAO Beginning of the Year – Creating & Submitting a Quality SAO’ course info page.  The course access code is found there.

Monitoring and Supporting SAO Implementation

Teacher and Administrator Actions for Monitoring Implementation-   This is a list of priority actions to take from the mid-year review of the SAO through the end-of-year evaluation.  Teachers are responsible for collecting samples of all students’ work and assessments directly aligned with their SAO.

Protocol for Conferencing About a SAO- This tool provides directions on how a teacher can conference with a colleague to help them think more deeply about their SAO implementation.

Protocol for Student Work Analysis- This tool is recommended for use in PLCs to guide teachers through analyzing student work to diagnose student strengths and needs, to determine instructional needs of students, and to use the evidence from student work to inform revision of lessons or unit instruction.

SAO Student Progress Spreadsheet – This spreadsheet is an example of how teachers may choose to record student progress on SAO summative assessments.  Teachers are responsible for documenting student performance and being prepared to have a conversation with their administrator about the data during the mid-year review.  The method for documenting student progress may vary from teacher to teacher.

Non-Classroom Teacher Progress Spreadsheet –  In preparation for the end-of-year evaluation, non-classroom teachers should record the activities provided and the results on a spreadsheet or in a table to track their progress. This is one example of how non-classroom teachers may choose to record progress. This template would allow the non-classroom teacher to identify the groups supported, the strategy/activity provided, the evidence collected, and the responses from individuals in the target group with respect to their understanding of the expectations identified in the SAO Learning Goal.