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					SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN (Revised)

             2008-2011



      M.W. HOWE PRE-K CENTER




            Rigor


            Relevance


            Relationships


 NEW HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOLS



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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM

         Dixie Smith, Teacher (W)
         Scott Hatch,Teacher (W)
         Joy Hufham,Teacher (W)
       Pamela Mottola,Teacher (W)
        Kristie Shaffer,Teacher (W)
        Pam Schmidt, Teacher (w)
  Phyllis Warren, Teacher Assistant (W)
  Eugenia James, Teacher Assistant (B)
   Sarah Bailey, Teacher Assistant (B)
Aidimar Richardson, Teacher Assistant (H)
  Christina Murrill, Teacher Assistant (B)
     Eliza Miller, Head Custodian (B)
   Angela Henry, Teacher Assistant (B)
     Patricia A. Waddell, Principal (B)
          Marrio Jeter, Parent (B)
          Angela Jeter, Parent (B)
    Griselda Garcia, Parent Liaison (H)
    Renee’ Lee, Teacher Assistant (B)
      Linda Kirby, Data Manager (W)




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                                                        Executive Summary
Mary Washington Howe Pre-K Center is a More at Four Pre-Kindergarten Center with an enrollment of 188 students. The ethnic make-up is 22%
White, 49% Black, 23% Hispanic, 4% Multi-racial, 1% Asian and 1% American Indian. 85% of our students qualify for free and reduced meals.


The Center meets high quality standards and provides students with an environment that strengthens literacy, math, pre-writing, physical
development, social skills and problem solving skills. Most students served at the center have scored below the 50 th percentile on the LAP-D Screen,
which indicates the need for early intervention that can lead to school success. The Pre-K program focuses on children who are at risk based on
screening scores, socio-economic status, or other factors that without early intervention could lead to failure in school.


As a pre-kindergarten center, we have the responsibility to teach and nurture our young children. We provide a stimulating environment and age
appropriate experiences which allow children to reach their full potential during their early years. Through work, play, explorations, and intentional
teaching, our center strives to build successful citizens, which aligns with the new state goals of preparing students for the 21st Century.


Our revised School Improvement Plan reflects data collected and analyzed from the Governor’s Teacher Working Conditions Initiative, NHCS
Principal Perception Survey, Parent Perception Survey and student data. Student data is derived from the LAP-3 assessments and Get It, Got It, Go.

The pre-k program will continue to use the LAP-3 to better monitor student progress as well as help guide instruction. In conjunction with the LAP-3
assessments staff will also utilize the web-based computer program from Red-E-Learner to collect, disaggregate, and report data. The Get It, Got It,
Go! Individual Growth and Development Indicator will be used to measure students’ growth in the three literacy areas of vocabulary, alliteration and
rhyming.

A Professional Learning Community based on the study of the Comprehensive Literacy Resource Guide for Pre-School Teachers has been
implemented by the staff to increase student achievement and further develop teacher effectiveness. The research based literacy strategies presented
in this guide will be practiced and refined in the classroom. All classroom teachers, teacher assistants, and support staff participated in the trainings.
Additionally, a mandatory 15 minute literacy time has been incorporated into the daily schedule. The focus of this literacy time will be the
development of phonemic awareness, phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge. The implementation of the literacy time will be measured by
assessing our students using Get It, Got It, Go three times a year. A literacy resource library has been created to provide materials necessary for
literacy instruction.
In extending Mary Washington Howe Pre-K Center’s staff commitment to excellence in education for all students, the staff has adopted an initiative
to provide differentiation of instruction for all students. In order to achieve the greatest gains for academic and social growth for our children, staff
must focus on the use of “best practices” that differentiate instruction by modifying content, process and products. In the past decade, research has

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clearly indicated that differentiation of instruction is essential to promote high student achievement. To that end, the staff of Mary Washington Howe
will commit to addressing individual student needs through flexible groups. Flexible grouping of students in performance-based groups allows staff
members to provide specifically-designed instruction for all children.

Staff members devote countless hours developing classroom atmospheres that promote the development and increased use of language, cognitive,
physical, and social skills. We are using Thinking Maps, Foundations, High Scope, Handwriting Without Tears and Second Step Programs. Write
from the Beginning and Language for Learning are additional strategies available. Using evidence from research in brain science, early intervention,
early literacy development and closing the achievement gap, we plan and implement approaches for improving student outcomes.

Second Step program allows us to address the NC State Board of Education mandates concerning the delivery of character education.

The technology team will continue to facilitate the increased use of technology at Mary Washington Howe Early Pre-K Center. Through training,
staff will be using digital photos, programs and palms as tools for instruction, parent communication and assessments. Staff will also use technology
for instructional delivery.

In an effort to build positive relationships with families, in conjunction with J.C. Roe Pre-K and NHCS Pre-K Centers, a series of ten parent
workshops are offered over the course of the school year. Parents are required to attend an orientation and two workshops per semester.

Another aspect of the Pre-K program that enhances parental involvement is volunteer time. Each parent agrees to donate one hour each month in his
or her child’s classroom to promote positive home-school relationships. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in all school activities.

In addition to parent workshops and volunteering, MW Howe is collaborating with several agencies in New Hanover County to promote literacy.
The New Hanover County Partnership for Children sponsors the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program that provides books to add to the libraries in
the homes of students. UNC-W provides in-service students who observe and conduct lessons to complete their program of study. The New
Hanover County Reading Association has adopted the Pre-K Centers in NHCS as participants in Tales for Tots. This association is comprised of
educators who see the value in enhancing the amount and quality of reading materials that are in the homes of children who attend the Pre-K Centers
in New Hanover County. They provide books and educate parents on helping their children to become readers.

Several health initiatives occur each year to promote school readiness. The North Carolina Prevent Blindness Association comes to MW Howe each
fall to conduct vision screenings for each student. The exam involves taking photos of the students’ eyes to detect potential vision problems. If any
problems are detected, representatives from the North Carolina Prevent Blindness follow-up with parents and assist them with attaining further care
for their children. The New Hanover County Health Department provides hygienists who perform dental screening on each student. Information is
shared with parents regarding further care for their children if it is deemed necessary. Currently, the three Pre-K sites share a school nurse.

Committees continue to be the primary way staff members are given an opportunity to participate in shared decision-making. The school is
committed to emphasizing community service to the students who participate in the Pre-K program. The staff is very active in its efforts to raise
awareness and funds for cancer research.

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MW Howe will continue to provide numerous enrichment activities to enhance children’s exposure to cultural experiences. Various field trips and
special presentations are planned for the students throughout the school year.

MW Howe’s primary focus areas related to Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships, outlined in the School Improvement Plan are:

       Rigor – MW Howe will incorporate the Foundations of Early Learning Standards and a mandatory 15 minute literacy time in daily instruction
       to meet the learning objectives that will be assessed using the LAP-3 assessment and Get It, Got It, Go.

       Relevance – MW Howe will show a measurable increase in all sub-groups using the LAP-3 assessment in all areas: Fine Motor, Cognitive,
       Language and Gross Motor.

       Relationships – MW Howe will provide quality communication between home and school on a consistent basis.

Staff development funds will be allocated to continue to improve the instructional delivery of the preschool Standard Course of Study, Foundations.
Staff will be provided with professional development training on literacy, LAP-3, Red-E-Learner, and Get It, Got It, Go, differentiation, inclusion,
and diversity, based on the responses from the Governor’s Teacher Working Conditions Initiative, Staff Questionnaires, and student data. Teachers
will receive training for Childcare Licensure (i.e. ECERS, Playground Safety, CPR & First Aid, Health and Sanitation, DCD requirements, etc.) to
maintain a Childcare Center License.

Our School Improvement Plan will be a working document and will continue to change based upon the needs of our school community. We will
continue to work collaboratively and involve all stakeholders and provide a safe and inviting environment for all in order to prepare our students for
the 21st century society.

Voting Process:

     Ballots were prepared by Data Manager

     Ballots were placed in the boxes of all staff members with a reminder to give ballots to Scott Hatch after voting.

            o Results:       Approved – 22
                             Not Approved – 0
                             Did not read plan – 1




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Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all students for academic, social, and emotional success as they enter the 21st
century.

  Goal established by the                                         School’s Priority                                              Result
  State Board of Education                                         Improvement Goals                                               Measures

Goal 1
Globally Competitive Students             90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of   LAP-D Screen
                                          gross motor.                                                      LAP-3 Assessments
Ensure mastery of essential skills in                                                                       Get It, Got It, Go (Individual
the areas of gross motor, fine motor,     90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of   Growth & Development Indicator)
prewriting, cognitive, language, self-    fine motor.                                                       Progress Reports
help, personal/social skills and                                                                            Anecdotal Notes
literacy.                                 90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of
                                          prewriting skills.

                                          90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of
                                          cognitive skills.

                                          90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of
                                          language skills.

                                          90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of
                                          gross motor.

                                          90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of
                                          personal/social skills.

                                          90% of all students will master essential skills in the area of
                                          literacy skills.




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Systemic School Improvement Plan
                                                                     (Action Plan)

SBE Goal: 1
School Priority Goal: Ensure mastery of essential skills in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, prewriting, cognitive, language, self-help, personal/social
skills, and literacy.



            Strategies/Activities                   Name of Responsible Person                      Timeline              Monitoring Method
Administrator will review lesson plans and        Administrator                              Sept. 2009-June 2010      Lesson Plans
provide feedback

All instructional plans will be developed         Administrator                              Sept. 2009-June 2010      Lesson Plans
utilizing Alignment Guide                         Teachers
                                                  Instructional Specialist


Teachers will establish a mandatory 15 minute     Teachers                                   Sept. 2009-June 2010      Daily Schedule
literacy time to be incorporated into the daily                                                                        Lesson Plans
schedule

Teachers will plan differentiated                 Teachers                                   Sept. 2009-June 2010      Lesson Plans
lessons/activities and create flexible groups                                                                          LAP-3 Reports
based on data from LAP-3 & Get It, Got It,                                                                             GGG Reports
Go (GGG)

Utilize literacy libraries to provide materials   Administrator                              Sept. 2009-June 2010      Card Catalog
necessary for literacy instruction                Instructional Specialist                                             Check-out Roster
                                                  Literacy Coordinator                                                 Lesson Plans




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Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all students for academic, social, and emotional success as they enter the 21st
century.



  Goal established by the                                        School’s Priority                                               Result
  State Board of Education                                        Improvement Goals                                                Measures

Goal 2
21st Century Professionals                100% of all teachers who attend any professional                Professional Development Roster
                                          development during the 2009-2010 school year will share         Collaborative/Staff Meeting
Teachers will have access to high         skills & knowledge within collaborative meetings and/or         Minutes
quality professional development          staff meetings.                                                 Staff Development Evaluation
opportunities which align with school,                                                                    Report
New Hanover County and State              100% of all teachers and teacher assistants will attend and
Board of Education Goals.                 participate in professional development during 2009-2010
                                          school year.




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                                                 Systemic School Improvement Plan
                                                           (Action Plan)

SBE Goal: 2
School Priority Goal: Teachers will have access to high quality professional development opportunities which align with school, New Hanover County
and State Board of Education Goals.


            Strategies/Activities                  Name of Responsible Person                  Timeline              Monitoring Method
During collaborative/staff meetings teachers    Teachers                                Sept. 2009-June 2010    Meeting Agendas
and/or individuals will provide a                                                                               Scheduling matrix for
demonstration of how a skill has been                                                                           demonstration/sharing of
implemented in their classroom after having                                                                     ideas
attended a professional development
workshop

Teachers and teacher assistants will attend     Teachers                                Oct. 2009-June 2010     Staff Development Roster
Professional Development Workshops              Teacher Assistants                                              Evaluation Reports


Teacher Individual Growth Plan (IGP) will       Teachers                                Oct. 2009               IGP Documents
include a goal for literacy, differentiation,                                                                   Conference Schedule
and/or inclusion

Teacher assistant , support staff , and         Teacher Assistants                      Oct. 2009               IGP Documents
custodians will develop IGP’s aligned with      Support Staff                                                   Conference Schedule
school goals                                    Custodians




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Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all students for academic, social, and emotional success as they enter the 21st
century.



  Goal established by the                                        School’s Priority                                               Result
  State Board of Education                                        Improvement Goals                                                Measures

Goal 3
Healthy Responsible Students              100% of students will participate in lessons that promote       Lesson Plans
                                          good character traits                                           Schedules
Students will be provided with                                                                            Observations
inviting, respectful, supportive,     90% of students will demonstrate school-wide expectations           Discipline Data
inclusive learning environments which                                                                     Parent Survey Results
foster positive, nurturing,           85% of our parents will feel that our school is warm,
relationships with caring adults.     friendly, and inviting based on the Parent Climate Survey

                                          100% of teachers will follow guidelines for setting up
                                          inviting classroom centers




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                                                    Systemic School Improvement Plan
                                                              (Action Plan)

SBE Goal: 3
School Priority Goal: Students will be provided with inviting, respectful, supportive, inclusive learning environments which foster positive, nurturing,
relationships with caring adults.



            Strategies/Activities             Name of Responsible Person                           Timeline             Monitoring Method
Implement Second Step, Good Talking Words, Teachers                                         Sept. 2009-June 2010     Lesson Plans
Mind Set, Skill Streaming                  EC Staff                                                                  Parent Communication Log
                                           Behavior Specialist

Notify parents, staff, and students of school-    Administrator                             Oct. 2009                Newsletter
wide expectations                                 Teachers                                                           Parent Memos
                                                                                                                     Website


During morning announcements remind               Administrator/Designee                    Sept. 2009-June 2010     Morning Announcement
students of school motto/expectations                                                                                Notebook


Administer Parent Climate Survey during the       Administrator                             February 2010            Survey Results
month of February                                 School Improvement Team


Utilize Student Success Team                      Classroom Teachers                        Sept. 2009 – June        SST Log and Agenda
                                                  Student Success Team Members              2010                     Behavioral Referral Log
                                                  Parents                                                            Parent Communication Log
                                                                                                                     Parent Invitation to
                                                                                                                       Meetings




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Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all students for academic, social, and emotional success as they enter the 21st
century.



  Goal established by the                                        School’s Priority                                       Result
  State Board of Education                                        Improvement Goals                                        Measures

Goal 4
Leadership will guide innovation in       The school leadership team will work to develop                 Attendance
NC public schools.                        opportunities for specific partnerships that enhance the        Parent Survey Results
                                          learning opportunities for students and parents with 85%        Parent Workshop Evaluations
The school leadership will work to        participation in school activities
develop opportunities for specific
partnerships that enhance the learning    Increase school partnership with agencies by one                Correspondence with Agency
opportunities for students and
parents.




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                                                     Systemic School Improvement Plan
                                                               (Action Plan)

SBE Goal: 4
School Priority Goal: The school leadership will work to develop opportunities for specific partnerships that enhance the learning opportunities for
students and parents.


           Strategies/Activities                      Name of Responsible Person                  Timeline              Monitoring Method
Monthly Parent Workshops                           School Social Worker                    Sept. 2009-June 2010     Workshop Needs Survey
                                                   Administrator                                                    Flyers/Workshop memos
                                                                                                                    Sign-in Sheets

Continue alliance with community                   Administrator                           Sept. 2009-June 2010     Correspondence and
organizations and educational institutions (i.e.   PDS Site Coordinator                                             observation schedules
UNCW, Feeder Elementary schools, etc.)             Teachers

Provide a Pre-K to K Transition Night              Instructional Specialist                May 2010                 Attendance Roster
                                                   Teachers                                                         Parent Workshop Evaluation
                                                   Administrator

Participate in Smart Start’s Reading Is            Literacy Coordinator                    Sept. 2009-June 2010     RIF Schedule
Fundamental (RIF)                                  Staff                                                            Parent Letters
                                                                                                                    Attendance Roster

Provide two Parent Literacy Nights                 Staff                                   November 2009            Attendance Roster
                                                   Administrator                                                    Parent Workshop Evaluation
                                                   Instructional Specialist

Apply for grants with various agencies             Administrator                           July 2009-June 2010      Letters of acceptance




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Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all students for academic, social, and emotional success as they enter the 21st
century.



  Goal established by the                                        School’s Priority                                               Result
  State Board of Education                                        Improvement Goals                                                Measures

Goal 5
Planning and Operational                  100% of all teachers will utilize the Palm and Red-E-           Training schedule
Effectiveness                             Learner                                                         Attendance rosters from training
                                                                                                          Sessions
                                                                                                          LAP-3
                                                                                                          GGG Reports

To design and implement a                 100% of all teachers will have a web page.                      Web page traffic report
technology plan which will promote                                                                        Administrators web page
21st Century technology tools and                                                                         monitoring matrix
skills for our school community.

Maintain Childcare License and Five       100% of all students will have the opportunity to use           Lesson plans
Star rating as a Childcare Center.        technology daily.                                               Master list of software programs
                                                                                                          Classroom schedules

                                          100% of staff will review requirements needed for               Attendance roster for trainings
                                          maintaining Childcare license.                                  Child Care License
                                                                                                          DCD Report
                                                                                                          ECERS Report results
                                                                                                          Inspection reports




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                                                   Systemic School Improvement Plan
                                                             (Action Plan)

SBE Goal: 5
School Priority Goal: Obtain Childcare License and receive a Five Star rating as a Childcare Center.

To design and implement a technology plan which will promote 21st Century technology tools and skills for our school community.


            Strategies/Activities                    Name of Responsible Person                 Timeline            Monitoring Method
Utilize Red-e-learner training                   Teachers, Technology Facilitator,         August 2009             Attendance roster and
                                                 Instructional Specialist                                          Staff Development
                                                                                                                   Evaluation

Utilize Palm training                            Teachers, technology facilitator,         September 2009          Attendance roster,
                                                 instructional specialist                                          staff development
                                                                                                                   evaluation

                                                                                                                   LAP-3 results
                                                                                                                   GGG results


Maintain and update web pages monthly            Teachers, tech facilitator,               Sept. 2009- June 2010   Use webpage matrix
                                                 administration                                                    Monthly traffic report



Attend all required trainings for licensure      Staff and administrator                   Sept. 2009-June 2010    Attendance roster


Comply with all licensure regulations            Staff and administration                  Sept. 2009-June 2010    DDC reports
                                                                                                                   ECERS reports




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