School Improvement Plan 2012-2015

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 The mission of Glenbrook Middle School is to instill in our students a passion for learning, a belief in themselves and the ability to pursue their dreams with integrity and confidence.

SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develop the 2012 – 2015 School Improvement Plan to address the needs of the building and to improve student performance.
    • Adopt educational goals for the school that are consistent with the local educational policies and statewide student standards.
    • Make recommendations for the development, implementation and assessment of the Curriculum Accommodation Plan. (DCAP)
    • Identify educational needs of students attending the school.
    • Review of the annual school building budget.

SCHOOL BASED DECISION MAKING

The Principal and the School Council will involve the School staff, parents and community in the school improvement planning process in the following ways,

    • MCAS Improvement and Student Growth
    • Effective Teaching and Learning
    • Utilization of Technology


GOALS & NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The School Council shall conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, which includes analysis of student assessment data indicating student strengths and weaknesses, specific skills that students lack, root causes of low student performance and a review of current practices to determine areas in need of improvement.  The main focus will be to continually improve instruction and student learning by increasing the effectiveness of the curriculum, student assessments, professional development, teacher evaluation and support. The School Improvement Plan will identify the objectives and indicate how the school improvement objectives will align with the Strategic Plan of the Longmeadow Public Schools.

    • MCAS Improvement and Student Growth         
    • Effective Teaching and Learning            
    • Utilization of Technology

 It is important to note that, while these goals are in a linear format, the process we will follow to accomplish these goals will be much more cyclical.

 

MCAS IMPROVEMENT & STUDENT GROWTH


    • Analyze the MCAS by October 2012.
      • Measureable - Utilize district tools, Testwiz, to examine and analyze data
      • Measureable - Identify the areas of strength and the areas in need of improvement.
    • Share MCAS results with the Administrative Team and School Council by October 2012.
      • Measureable - Utilizing the data provided by Central office and through the use of Testwiz.
    • Provide training in the keys to literacy for all teachers.
      • Measureable - Held during pre-established PD days.
    • Continue to develop common assessments throughout disciplines and schools
      • Measureable - During professional development days align assessments with the Common Core Standards.
      • Measureable - Align curriculum with colleagues at Williams
    • Increase student performance from proficient to advanced
      • Measureable - ELA – 2012 – 2013 __5%__, 2013 – 2014 __5%___, 2014 – 2015 __5%____
      • Measureable - MATH – 2012 -2013 _5%____, 2013 – 2014 __5%___, 2014 – 2015 ___5%___
    • Increase student performance from needs improvement to proficient
      • Measureable - ELA – 2012 – 2013 ___5%__, 2013 – 2014 ____5%_, 2014 – 2015 __5%____
      • Measureable - MATH – 2012 -2013 ___5%__, 2013 – 2014 ___5%__, 2014 – 2015 _5%____
    • Maintain overall Student Growth Percentile of 50% or higher.


TEACHING & LEARNING
    • Identify the essential learning outcomes (ELO’s) for each unit we teach and in each subject we teach. What should our students know and be able to do at the end of each unit of study, chapter and grade.
      • Measureable - ELO’s will be agreed upon and entered into the ATLAS curriculum-mapping program. 
    • *Collaboratively with Williams Middle School among departments. 
    • Develop common assessments shared among our staff and with Williams that assess our essential learning outcomes. 
      • Measureable - Common assessments will be agreed upon and entered into the ATLAS curriculum-mapping program. 
      • Measureable - Creation of Professional Learning Communities with colleagues across the district to review data share best practice. 
    • Use the district release time to continue to grow professionally. We will meet by discipline, with Williams Middle School teachers, to align our curriculum across both schools, develop common assessments and evaluate and modify as needed. 
      • Measureable - Time will be built into the district calendar to allow for adequate meeting time. 
      • Measureable - All agreed upon information will be entered into the ATLAS curriculum-mapping program. 
    • Share student work, assess results, and review common assessment outcomes, to help to identify best practice. 
    • *Work collaboratively with Williams staff among disciplines.

 

UTILIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY

    • Deploy new equipment 
      • Measureable - Deadline by September 1, 2012. 
    • Train staff to use IPADS and Laptops 
      • Measureable – Deadline by October 2012. 
      • Measureable - Provide 4 full days of Apple training with 20 teachers trained per session. 
    • Utilize “train the trainer” model to provide on-going training throughout the year. 
      • *Introduce and share new APPS and methods of use through faculty meetings 
    • Monitor use of carts to analyze usage throughout the year. 
      • *Create and share a school - wide Google calendar accessible to all staff 
    • Visit classrooms to observe technology being integrated into the curriculum. 
      • Measureable - Utilize Mini Observations up to 12 and Formal Observations up to 2 
    • Meet with technology integration specialists to review progress monthly. 
      • * Meet with Kevin Warenda to discuss usage and needs each month during faculty meetings.
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Pamela Novak,
May 6, 2013, 5:22 AM