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  1. Needham Public Schools Scholarship Superintendent’s FY15 Operating Budget Request Focus Area: Supplemental Budget Request School Committee Meeting January 14, 2014
  2. Needham Public Schools District Goals 2013-14
  3. FY15 Budget Context: Operating Budget The resources we need to “open the doors” next year and make targeted improvements Contractual Increases Level Service Program Improvement Total Request: $1,521,367 $ 619,591 $ 689,193 $2,830,151
  4. First, learning experiences should be personalized, following each student's interests and enhancing his or her strengths because today any talent, when fully developed, can be valuable. Second, learning should be product-driven, ensuring that students are engaged in creating products and services instead of simply consuming information. Finally, learning should occur in the broad context of globalization, and technology should be used to expand students' learning beyond the school to the globe. Combining all three of these elements will create an education environment that will cultivate the graduates we need: globally competent, creative, and entrepreneurial. Yong Zhao 2013 Scholarship
  5. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools The proposal is for additional funds to provide innovation, creativity, and extended learning to enrich each child’s education: Introduce Spanish, Technology, the Arts, and expanded Health and PE in grades 1-5 and Music in kindergarten Offer additional and enhanced programming for the high school in the Arts, Technology, and Club Sports Provide an additional 75 hours or three weeks elementary instruction; 30 hours of instruction at middle schools Ensure staff have additional time to collaborate to improve student growth, success, and achievement
  6. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools Programmatic needs identified in recent curriculum reviews: Fine & Performing Arts Program Review, November 2009: Reinstate kindergarten music instruction by music specialists Explore reallocation of resources to provide for at least one Theatre Arts course at the high school Create structures and opportunities to enable ongoing authentic arts integration throughout school programs
  7. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools Programmatic needs identified in recent curriculum reviews: World Language Program Review, November 2012: Explore feasibility of beginning the study of world languages at the elementary level and offering different language options for middle school students Examine the prospect of increasing instructional time at the middle school
  8. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools Programmatic needs identified in recent curriculum reviews: Wellness Program Review, November 2013: Explore possibility of expanding programming time at the elementary level to ensure compatibility to surrounding communities Advocate for additional program time for students
  9. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools Instructional needs identified in recent curriculum reviews: High School Math Program Review, April 2006: Provide additional common time to foster to look at student work and sustain collegial learning practices K-8 Science Program Review, June 2007: Provide teachers with time to collaborate regarding the teaching of science English/Language Arts Program Review, 2010: Find ways to give teachers the common planning time to improve collaboration efforts
  10. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools Instructional needs identified in recent curriculum reviews: English/Language Arts Program Review, 2010: Ensure writing curriculum is aligned to Common Core and writing is integrated into other curricular areas Find ways to give teachers common planning time to improve collaboration
  11. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools Instructional needs identified in recent curriculum reviews: World Language Program Review, November 2012: Provide more professional development time that ensures effective instructional practices Wellness Program Review, November 2013: Provide time for teachers to meet to learn and share best practices
  12. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools How do we compare with our peers?
  13. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools How do we compare with our peers?
  14. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools What do parents say? Parent Survey 2013 Should there be additional instructional time at the K-5 level for innovative programming like foreign languages, science and technology, wellness, or the arts?
  15. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools What do parents say? “The strength of our community is directly related to the quality of our schools. Needham must continue to strengthen the quality of its education.” Needham High School Parent 2013 District Survey
  16. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools What is envisioned for the elementary program? Expansion of Wellness and Physical Education programs, grades 1-5 Introduction of kindergarten music New Spanish program, grades 1-5 New Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs, grades 1-3 Up to 75 hours of new programming
  17. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools What is envisioned for the secondary level? New and enhanced high school staff in the arts, music, and technology; new club sports activities An additional 30 hours of instruction at the middle schools, ensuring we maintain state guidelines and are in line with our peers
  18. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools What is envisioned for all staff? All teachers will have additional meeting time to create dynamic learning experiences and collaborate to support student growth, success, and achievement. All teachers will have additional time to support the increasing demands of state mandates, including educator evaluation, and to address diverse student learning needs.
  19. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools When will the day begin and end? Broadmeadow, Eliot, Hillside, Mitchell start 15 minutes earlier at 8:20 a.m. and end 10 minutes later at 2:45 p.m. Newmanstarts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. High Rock ends 10 minutes later, at 2:10 p.m. Pollard ends 10 minutes later, at 2:20 p.m.
  20. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools What is the cost?
  21. FY15 Supplemental Request: Innovation and Extended Learning in the Needham Public Schools This important budget request outlines an opportunity for the Needham community to introduce creative elementary and high school programs, extend the instructional day at the middle schools, and provide all professionals with the time necessary to confer, collaborate, and address the aspirations of all students and the goals of the district. The plan will support educational innovation, promote 21st century skills, and empower our young people and the adults who serve them.
  22. Agreat country like ours depends not only on mathematicians, scientists, and engineers but on people who can work on business, on artists, on people who serve the community. We depend on a huge range of talents and abilities. Sir Ken Robinson National PublicRadio 2013 Scholarship