FY 17 School Improvement Plan

John Glenn Middle School

I. GOAL: Governance and Leadership

Goal

Strategies & Actions

Responsibility

Timeline

Measurement

 

Continue to foster a positive and inclusive school culture

 

  • Review new structure of student government to ensure it is an improved mechanism to increase student voice in governance.
  • Review the second year implementation of the new JGMS Advisory model to assess the need for a more systematic “responsible citizens” curricula periodically through the year to supplement the Fall assemblies on anti-bullying and cyber-safety.
  • Review the manner in which we celebrate student success; including, but not limited to the decision to combine portions of the “recognition night” with the Moving-On Ceremony- keeping the citizen and department specific awards and acknowledging the students, who achieved the benchmark, in the program.

 

Principal/Leadership Team/Faculty/Students

 

On-going

 

Successful implementation of a new advisory model with specific monthly themes and events geared towards character education, promotion of school pride and civic awareness and responsibility

Continue the conversation around our cultural proficiency and the impact it has on our school culture and instruction.

 

  • Examine the experience and perception of our students and how it impacts their feeling connected to our school community.
  • As a faculty, focus our cultural proficiency work around stereotype threat in line with the research presented in “Whistling Vivaldi” by Claude Steele
  • Continue on-going work on the middle school Tenacity challenge in preparation for the April 29, 2017 competition.

 

 

 

More effectively meet the needs of all students by modifying grouping practices and special education support model

 

  • While we successfully built a schedule in the 6th grade without Learning Groups increasing heterogeneity across sections, continue to look for ways to mitigate the impact special education programming and other constraints have on the general make-up of classes.
  • Review the implementation of team taught section in 6th grade Math to move more towards an inclusion model and extend the model to the 7th Grade
  • Continue to tweak the restructuring of grade level liaisons to maximize the support provided within the regular education setting.
  • Review the current level structure with a focus on 7th grade ELA

Principal/Leadership Team/Scheduling Self-Study Committee/Faculty

On-going

Report of findings

 

II. GOAL:  Curriculum and Instruction

Goal

Strategies & Actions

Responsibility

Timeline

Measurement

 

Continual focus on instructional best practice

 

  • Continue to ensure instruction is designed and delivered in a manner that engages students in higher-order, thinking-based activities and make student thinking visible (“Making Thinking Visible” out of Project Zero, Harvard University).

 

Principal/PA/PD/Leadership Team/Faculty

 

 

On-going

 

Supervisory documentation/PD Evidence

Continue to focus on curricular coherence and alignment

(Year 3 of 3)

 

  • Complete work on our curricular overviews in Foreign Language with defined learning outcomes at each grade level.  Add these completed documents to the others posted on-line

 

  • Continue to examine vertical curricula alignment and programming with a focus on transition years 5/6, 8/9.  This work is on-going for the past two years under the guidance of the PA/PDs and the Office of the Assistant Superintendent- multiple K-12 pullout days a year.

 

Principal(s)/ PA/PDs/Leadership Team/Faculty

 

On-going

 

Curriculum documents for English, Math, Visual Arts, Music 6 and Tech 8 are complete and posted.

 

FL will be posted by next Fall with the work being completed with summer PD.

 

Focus on technology as an effective means to enhance and extend student learning

(Year 3 of 3)

  • Continue to work collaboratively with the technology department to address any concerns with maintenance and/or necessary upgrades to current technology hardware, software, infrastructure and website

 

  • Continue to work with work with the Director of Instructional Technology and our building-based instructional coach to define the necessary professional development to ensure the seamless integration of iPads as effective instructional tools.  Focus specific PD on Epson transition
     
  • Finalize the implementation of our new technology education 6-8 curriculum on engineering, robotics and computer programming- integrate EV3 Lego Robotics, SolidWorks

*Principal; Program Director for Instructional Technology; Curriculum Coordinators; Team Leaders; JGMS faculty;

On-going

Maintain qualitative data from teachers and instructional coach on technology integration, as well as quantitative data on hardware/apps use.

 III.  GOAL:  Assessment

Goal

Strategies & Actions

Responsibility

Timeline

Measurement

Continue to focus on analyzing student achievement data to improve our instruction and programs

(On-going)

  • Continue to review our assessments to ensure they measure our intended learning expectations and reflect our instructional focus around higher-order thinking skills. 
  • Hone benchmarks to determine and measure student growth.
  • Identify individual students or groups of students in need of additional support.
  • Address concerns regarding educational equity.
  • Inform our instructional practices and curricula
  • Determine the school’s programmatic strengths and areas in need of improvement
  • Identify a meaningful manner to determine a teacher’s “student impact rating”

*Principal; Program Administrators/ Directors; Curriculum Coordinators; Team Leaders; JGMS faculty

On-going

 

Assessment documents/Evidence of Benchmarks

 

Data evidence and report of findings at midyear and the end of the year shared with department colleagues and supervisors.

 IV. GOAL:  Student Support

Goal

Strategies & Actions

Responsibility

Timeline

Measurement

Continue to expand our academic support and enrichment programs

 

  • Continue to expand the “Calculus Project” into a second cohort and expand our homegrown summer math program.
  • Research enrichment programs in disciplines other than Math.

Principal/Director for Student Achievement/Skill Center Teacher and Staff/Math Program Administrator and METCO Director

On-going

Evidence of Student Enrollment and Achievement

 

Review our Guidance curriculum and the implementation of our Student Support Team

  • Review our 6-8 counseling curriculum targeted towards the social-emotional needs of children; including, but not limited to our new transition program embedded within 6th grade Learning Strategies
  • Launch “Parent University” with key discussion topics and a speaker series
  • Launch the guidance department’s website with an overview of the middle school child delineating the academic, social and emotional needs to 11-14 adolescents and supports/resources
  • Continue to review our implementation of the Student Support Team, a whole-child approach to intervention.
Director of Guidance/Counselors/Special Education staff/Faculty

August-in conjunction with the new website launch

Student Intervention data