Continuous improvement of our schools is essential to ensure increased student performance and quality results. Innovative, exemplary, and research-based programs, coupled with staff development, focused and aligned resources, and public participation in planning are critical factors in improving schools. Our school improvement planning process includes extensive data collection and analysis, development of a “school profile,” goals, researched-based activities and strategies, finalization of the plan, implementation, monitoring, and assessing its effectiveness. School improvement planning is a journey of continuous improvement, and the plan is a road map for an ongoing discourse on school improvement. The final school improvement document is only as good as the quality of thought that goes into it, and the time and commitment that is given by everyone who has a stake in the plan.
There are three key principles that guide the process and the development of our school improvement plans:
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- All members of a school staff should participate in the planning process.
- Participants review a broad database that includes information about student achievement, demographics, learning environment, and perceptions about the school.
- Understanding that the real improvement must occur in the classroom. Teachers must be willing to be reflective about their practice and tenacious in their attempts to fine-tune the art of teaching to meet the needs of every student.