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Wethersfield Public SchoolsDistrict Improvement Plan 2013-2016 Wethersfield Board of Education December 10, 2013
District Focus: Increase Student Achievement – The core curriculum includes 21st century skills, high-quality standards-based learning experiences and instruction for all children.
Goals • Improve curriculum, instruction, and assessments in all curricular areas PreK-12 • Improve interventions through the development of the PreK-12 continuum of services for all students • Build positive school culture so students are engaged in learning and experience physical, emotional and intellectual safety • Improve technology infrastructure and the integration of technology into teaching and learning
Improve curriculum, instruction, and assessments in all curricular areas PreK-12 Goal
Continue to refine implementation of Reading, Writing and Math Workshop K-8 • Professional development and coaching • Integrated curriculum and resources • Appoint certified media specialists / information technology teachers – each elementary school • Support 21st Century Skills • SBAC testing • ALL teachers are teachers of literacy • Professional development on literacy and CCSS
Refine data team process K-12 • Reinstate Academic Leaders (WHS) and Team Leaders (SDMS) with a focus on improving curriculum, instruction and assessments • Appoint Instructional Supervisor for Math and for Science • Horizontal and vertical articulation • Program improvement • Professional development • Increase student achievement • Implement Teacher and Administrator evaluation plans
Increase high school graduation requirements • Graduating class of 2018 • Increase instructional time for students • Increase professional development for teachers through an early release model • Revise curriculum and assessments to align with CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) • Increase AP (Advanced Placement) and ECE (Early College Experience)
Research and implement Block Scheduling at WHS • Prepare to implement SBAC assessment • Teacher professional development • Hardware and wireless capability • Keyboarding skills • Implement standards based grading in SDMS • Investigate and adopt a new K-6 math program aligned to CCSS
Improve interventions through the development of the PreK-12 continuum of services for all students Goal
Additional ELL teachers to support growing population of English Language Learners • 7-12 – Math and reading tutors to provide student support through SRBI • K-6 – Math tutors to provide student support through SRBI • K-12 Certified staff to oversee building SRBI process and math interventions • Increase access to high quality materials • Increase co-teaching opportunities • Develop an alternative education program at WHS
Explore credit recovery options at WHS • Ensure access to post-secondary education, training and employment • Expand WTA (Wethersfield Transition Academy) • Provide professional development on the growing ELL population
Implement SSP (School Success Plans) grades 6-12 • Expand preschool special education services • Increase Social Work support in each building • Revise and improve district assessment calendar
Build positive school culture so students are engaged in learning and experience physical, emotional and intellectual safety Goal
Implement Advisor/Advisee program at SDMS and WHS • Work with community stakeholders to improve safety (lock down drills, evacuations, etc.) • Investigate the Peer Natural Helpers program at WHS • Continue to administer the spring parent and staff survey • Collaborate with Town agencies such as WECC, Youth Advisory, Shared Services, etc. • Provide Responsive Classroom training
Improve building infrastructure to improve preventative safety measures • Provide staff training on safety and climate topics – such as CPR • Add School Resource Office (SRO) at SDMS • Improve parental involvement
Improve technology infrastructure and the integration of technology into teaching and learning Goal
Implement District Technology Plan • Select a solution for on-line course management • Provide technology devices for students & staff • Increase student access to hardware to prepare for implementation of Smarter Balanced Assessment • Ensure one-on-one access to hardware in each school • Provide suggestions to community on hardware that is compatible with WPS hardware
Increase professional development offerings focused on authentic application of technology into curriculum areas and productivity • Publish district keyboarding expectations/ instruction at elementary level
Full District Improvement Plan document will be posted on District Website next week