Saturday, February 9, 2013

Care Plan 8.1 Action Research

Tool 8.1 CARE Model: Planning Tool
Identify Concerns that must change (look to the future)
(Assign points to concerns from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important issues to consider.)
1.  Extra-Curricular activities need to continue to stay in or schools because they promote student improvement with the teaching of goals, organization, and many other life skills.
2.  We need to keep the athletic periods in our schools because they align with national fitness gram.
3.  Keep the current amount of money in our budget for extra-curricular activities, but may increase because of the economy and the split of our high school into two schools.
Identify Affirmations that must be sustained (look to the present)
(Assign points to affirmations from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important issues to consider.)
1.  Student-athletes make better grades and score higher on state testing when involved in extra-curricular activities rather than those who are not involved in extra-curricular activities.
2.  Extra-curricular activities teach students to be better organized, disciplined, goal-oriented, and responsible young men and women in our school.  These attributes are also exhibited in the classroom with our student-athletes.  These activities also teach them teamwork, fair play, and how to overcome issues that face our students every day.
3.  Continue to adhere to the “No Pass No Play” rule by holding athletes to a higher standard and monitoring grades every six weeks for participation in extra-curricular activities.

SMART Recommendations that must be implemented:
(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely)
(Assign points to recommendations from 1 to 3 in the order of the most important recommendations to implement.)
1.  Understand the importance of extra-curricular activities in our schools and to value what it does for our student-athletes every day.  The values that are taught in extra-curricular classes only emphasize what is being taught by our core teachers.  They co-exist with each other to make the high school experience relevant and important to the students.
2.  Understanding the value of state testing and how it deals with extra-curricular activities.  Using extra-curricular activities as an avenue to help students develop goals and traits to be successful in the classroom, on tests, and on the field.
3.  Seeing the value of keeping athletic periods in our school day.  Understanding that physical fitness (Annual Fitness Gram) is important for the overall success of our students.  It allows for a break in the day to relieve frustrations for our students.  Also, keeping the current budgets for our extra-curricular activities will ensure fairness and equality for all our students to succeed.

EVALUATE – Specifically and Often
(Identify the best ways to evaluate the implemented recommendations.)
1.  The best way to evaluate is to compare the AYP performance, STAAR testing results, and overall grades at the end of the semester of extra-curricular kids versus non-extra-curricular kids.
2.  T get with the PEIMS clerk and testing coordinator to study and develop data to see if extra-curricular activities has a positive impact on testing.  The AYP of our core subjects will be the data used to help us determine the correlation between those involved and not involved in extra-curricular activities.
3.  Compare with other districts in our area and in the state to determine the amount of time and money spent on extra-curricular activities in our school.  Is it fair and adequate for our students or is it below what other schools are doing for their students.


  1. I agree with the points you made on your Care model! For example, the points you made on the concerns of the future are great! I think we need extra-curricular/athletic periods for the health of our youth. With the statistics of obesity, we need to have everyone doing something! Good work, Thomas

  2. I agree that extra-curricular activities and athletic periods are very important to our educational system and should remain for many reason. I like your SMART recommendations and think that physical fitness during the day does give our kids a break and help support academic in the school. I look forward to seeing your research. Good luck!