Kansas Learning Network Findings and the Future Findings…Now What? • Presented the document to our District Improvement Team (DIT). Findings…Now What? • DIT Analysis 1. Summarize and Share the report. 2. Determine the most important points to share with the community. 3. Make recommendations for adjustments to the strategic plan. Leadership Strengths Challenges Clear, aligned strategic plan Organizational leadership structure District and plan focused on – district level student achievement o Org. Chart Clear expectations for BOE and o Job Descriptions admin team “Front loaded” strategic plan District operates on a team o Reprioritize approach – all levels Additional Communication Strong, competent and committed o District BOE and admin team o Parents Data-driven decision making o Community New evaluation process for the Focus with so many new initiatives bldg administration Board involvement with budget. DIP built around MTSS model Stability in administrative staff Leadership Recommendations: 1. Examine job titles, job descriptions, and reporting assignments among the district’s central office and make changes as appropriate. 2. Examine the timelines in the strategic plan and make changes as appropriate. In addition, make plans to evaluate the quality of implementation and impact of key district initiatives and adjust as appropriate. 3. Provide supports and regularly monitor progress at the middle school to ensure a smooth transition of the new administrative team. 4. Develop and implement a plan for more effectively engaging the Board, principals, and other key stakeholders in the budget process. Culture Strengths Challenges Youthful leadership District community has an Increased morale throughout the inferiority complex and low district expectations. Creation of DIT allowed for: Crisis Lacks significant post-secondary Plan enrollment PBS/Discipline Policy Explore IB, AP, and dual enroll All day Kindergarten District Demographics 9th grade Academy Lacking significant community Dual Enrollment support, resources, partners and District wide technology adoption identity. Data Driven Culture Dated facilities/texts. Emphasis on protecting Student behavior among counselors, social workers, subgroups nurses. Increase of certain populations PBS support and consistency Culture Recommendations: 1. Develop and implement a plan with the goal of significantly increasing the percentage of Turner students who apply, enroll, and graduate with a post-secondary degree/training. The plan should take into consideration support programs (such as AVID) and AP and/or IB classes and may need to include a public awareness campaign. 2. Develop and implement a plan for improving district and school communications with parents and the community at large. Curriculum Strengths Challenges Centralized Management of Minimal evidence of standards Curriculum based instruction at the secondary Bullseye (Standards based level. Curriculum) Minimal evidence of culturally Significant evidence of standards diverse perspective. based instruction at the elementary 50% teacher worksheets (reading level. and math) Significant evidence of teachers Lack of buy-in, knowledge, and skill checking for understanding and on sped’s part to implement and providing feedback. differentiate new curriculum. Maintain fidelity and thoroughness of implementation of new curriculum Tier 2 & 3 resources, skills and strategies Instruction Strengths Challenges Safe, orderly learning Different perceptions between environments principals and teachers Time is provided for Lack of resources collaboration Implementation of Special Developed a common language Education for instruction Staff Development Program implementations – Student Empowerment MTSS, Mapping, Marzano, PDK Assessment Strengths Challenges Strong Assessment Bank Apply PDK data to change Infinite Campus – strong practice at all levels Use of multiple assessment Bigger variety in types of data assessments – not just PDKs monitoring instruction paper/pencil. and PD Curriculum based measures Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Recommendation: 1. Develop a plan, reorganize the central office, and create systems for fostering and sustaining systemic coherence with regard to the way the district serves students with disabilities and English language learners (inclusion, MTSS, and differentiation). Professional Development Strengths Challenges Research/Data Based Instructional Coaches – mixed Aligned with District Plan review, many hats Balance – ½ building and ½ Add district wide induction district program Curriculum Alignment and PLC consistency and Mapping development ELL needs – endorsing more staff PD Topics: Differentiated Instruction, Rigor, Inclusion, New Principal Induction, Multicultural, Classroom Management, Learning goals, Non-scripted instruction. Human Resources Strengths Challenges Increase participation in Job Evaluation Instrument Fairs/Recruiting Induction Program Increase in Student Teachers 20% turnover Certify Sped (Ottawa, PSU) Sped/ESL/Minority teachers Technology integration in process Mentors, Instructional Coaches, Tech coaches Adjustment in salary schedule (steps and pay) Higher Standards Aggressive non-renewal Human Resources & Professional Development Recommendations: 1. Implement professional learning communities and a high-quality induction program for new teachers district wide. Technical Assistance Goals 1. Define the responsibilities and structure the reporting of senior staff to facilitate the district meeting its goals and objectives and implementing its theory of action. 2. Design an instructional delivery and support system – built around MTSS, inclusion, and differentiation – that effectively educates students with disabilities and English language learners.
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