Developing a District Vision and Core Beliefs. A Basis for Continuous Improvement in the Simsbury schools. Why we’re here. “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about” -M. Wheatley, 2002. Context of our Work. Purpose:
A Basis for Continuous Improvement in the Simsbury schools
-M. Wheatley, 2002
Introduction of District Steering Committee members and guests
System-wide Student Achievement Goals 2005-10
Achievement Goal 1
All Simsbury students will demonstrate achievement of the district's performance standards in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages.
Achievement Goal 2
All students will demonstrate an achievement in the fine and performing arts as measured by district performance standards.
Achievement Goal 3
All Simsbury students will be prepared to function effectively in a complex, multi-cultural society as evidenced by achievement of the district's performance standards in the areas of health, personal responsibility, citizenship, career awareness/life skills and technology.
System-wide Quality Goals 2005-10
Quality Goal 1
To create curriculum that will respond to the learning needs of all students and prepare them for life in the 21st century.
Quality Goal 2
To ensure that teachers in the Simsbury Public Schools meet the district performance standards in both subject matter expertise and in teaching skill.
Quality Goal 3
To ensure that the system as a whole as well as each school/program engages in a continuous improvement and self-evaluation and holds itself accountable for increased levels of performance over time as measured by national and international standards of achievement.
Quality Goal 4
To develop a comprehensive plan that describes the future needs of the district and associated costs including capital as well as operating needs.
- James Kotter
Influence of Teacher Qualifications on Student AchievementGains in Math Achievement from 3rd to 5th Grade Due to:
Over 14 years Connecticut
“If schools incorporate all six
Elements of a 21st century education, students will indeed have a Rigorous, Meaningful, and Relevant education.”
“Curiosity, persistence, and genuine interest are the main power sources for future thinking”
- G. Marx