2018-2021 Strategic Plan "Portrait of a Graduate" - Dudley-Charlton Regional School District - Dudley-Charlton ...

 
2018-2021 Strategic Plan "Portrait of a Graduate" - Dudley-Charlton Regional School District - Dudley-Charlton ...
Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
       2018-2021 Strategic Plan
        “Portrait of a Graduate”

           68 Dudley-Oxford Rd. Dudley, MA 01571
                       www.dcrsd.org
                       508-943-6888
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A NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

May 2018

Dear DCRSD Students, Staff, Families and Community Members:

For the past several months administrators, school committee members, teachers, parents, community leaders, and business partners have worked
together to create a strategic plan that outlines the “Portrait of a Graduate.” While many academic, personal, and interpersonal skills are included in a
well-rounded education, we wanted to focus on some areas that would best prepare our students for their lives even beyond school; lives that will be
lived in a time of rapid change, technological innovation and a globalized economy.

The work began in the fall with looking at various competency areas of graduates and narrowing it down to seven key competencies to be our focus
during the next three to five years.
     Technological Literacy
     Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
     Empathy
     Initiative and Self-Direction
     Resiliency
     Effective Communication
     Global Awareness

The Dudley-Charlton Regional School District has been a proud and successful district for over forty years, and it is our goal with this plan to
enhance that success. In order to do so, we recognize the need to shift our practices toward the skills our students will need in the modern world. That
shift is represented in this strategic plan. However, even as we change, the core of who we are remains the same. Dudley-Charlton will remain a
place where students are expected to be civil and respectful to one another and where they can experience many positive things beyond the
classroom. You might say, we will still be Dudley-Charlton, just better and more innovative.

With sincere gratitude for all your support,

Gregg J. Desto, Superintendent                                             2.
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PROCESS

August 2017- District Administrators participated in a two day retreat and identified strengths and weaknesses in the District. After looking at
multiple competencies in the “profile of a graduate,” they narrowed it to a key seven (7) that would have the greatest impact.

September 2017- A parent survey was placed on the District website to provide parent and community input around the important
competencies. In addition, former alumni were invited to share what they gained from a DCRSD education and what they wish they had
learned or experienced to help them with “life after high school.”

October 5, 2017 and November 9, 2017 – Fifty participants met to begin the process of developing the District’s next strategic plan. An
overview of the District’s current status, as well as a vision for the future, was set in a presentation by Superintendent Desto.

Weeks of November 13-December 5, 2017- Three overarching competency themes were established (Academic, Personal and
Interpersonal) and action plan teams began to identify specific objectives for each of the areas.

December 6, 2017- Some “fine-tuning” of the proposed action steps took place during discussion at an Administrative Council meeting and
the District Leadership team was in agreement that identified objectives captured the essence of the direction that was needed and to begin
to prepare our students to be ready for the 4th industrial revolution.

January 2018- District Office Leaders re-worked the action steps into one cohesive rough-draft document that included condensed focus
areas and objectives; yet still containing all information.

March/April 2018- The rough-draft document was shared with participants of the three small action groups to be proofread and to ensure
that it captured the essence and intent of the original conversations.

May 2018 - The final draft was shared with School Committee members for approval

June 2018- Plan published and distributed to staff, families and community members.

July 2018- Plan officially begins.

                                                                         3.
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STRATEGIC PLANNING PARTICIPANTS

                            Thank you to all participants who gave so willingly of their time!

Allen, Lorinda-Director of Curriculum and Student Assessment        Messier, Timothy- Teacher, SHRHS
Antocci, Mary- School Committee Member                              Marderosian, Barbara- Teacher, SHRHS
Ares, Karen- STEAM Director                                         Mathieu, Richard- Director of Finance and Operations
Aucoin, Pauline- School Committee Member                            Nolette, Terri- Instructional Assistant, Mason Road
Bilis, Lisa- ELL Teacher, Dudley Middle/Dudley Elementary           Pacheco, Lori- Principal, Charlton Elementary
Booth, Randi- ELL Teacher, Mason Road/Charlton Elementary           Packard, Dean- Principal, Charlton Middle
Chalk, Ray- School Committee                                        Parmley, Robin- Principal, Mason Road
Chaplin, William- Principal, Shepherd Hill                          Pastore, Kathleen- Principal, Heritage School
D’Amelio, Melissa- Teacher, Charlton Elementary                     Peloquin, Todd- Teacher, Charlton Middle School
D’Arcangelo, Dan- Director of Technology                            Pierangeli, Mary- Principal, Shepherd Hill
Desto, Gregg- Superintendent                                        Pietrzak, Joseph- School Committee Member
Ferranti, Jeffrey- Interim Director of Special Education            Rabbitt, Elaine- School Committee Member
Foley, Kevin- Teacher, Charlton Middle School                       Reed, Stephanie-School Committee Member
               DCTA President                                       Sage, Stefan- Parent/Community Member
Fournier, Matthew- Teacher, Charlton Middle                         Seibold, Diane- Principal, Dudley Elementary
Gerrard, Marilyn- District Nurse Coordinator                        Snow, Justine- Teacher, Charlton Elementary
Grondalski, John- Dudley Charlton Educational                       Starczewski, Christopher- Principal, Dudley Middle
                    Foundation/Parent                               Szela, Kelly- Charlton PTO President
Haig, Darin- Adjustment Counselor, SHRHS
                                                                    Tilly, Jean- Dudley Charlton Educational Foundation/Parent
Ide, Stephen- Teacher, Dudley Middle
                                                                    Way-Betz, Elizabeth- Teacher, Dudley Elementary
Julian, Tracy- Teacher, Dudley Middle
Kabala, Catherine- School Committee Member                          Webb, Sabrina-Cornerstone Bank
Lyons, Katie- Teacher, Heritage                                     Wojnar, Steven- Dudley Chief of Police

                                                               4.
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THE SEVEN KEY COMPETENCIES

  Technological Literacy

               5.
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ACADEMIC COMPETENCIES

                                                                               FOCUS AREAS:
                                                                          Technological Literacy (TL)
                                                                Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CT/PS)

GOAL                 Students will be able to collaborate and communicate effectively using various digital tools.
 #1
                Action Steps to help students meet the              Benchmarks             How will this make life        People Responsible        Estimated
                                 goal                                                      better for our students?                                 Financial
                                                                                                                                                     Impact
                TL 1.1                                          Addition of access       Increased technology           Superintendent              High
                The District will upgrade the                    points at Shepherd       infrastructure means           Technology Director
                technological infrastructure in all              Hill by 2020.            students are able to           Director of Finance and
TECHNOLOGICAL

                seven (7) school buildings by                   All schools’ Ethernet    access information more         Operations
                contracted professionals to enhance              cables upgraded to       reliably, and at quicker       School Committee
   LITERACY

                student learning and to foster curricular        CAT6 and fiber           speeds.
                innovation.                                      cables to 10Gbps by
                                                                 2021.
                                                                Increased bandwidth
                                                                 District-wide by
                                                                 2021.
                TL 1.2                                          An additional 600        Accessing individual           Superintendent              High
                The District will pursue the addition            devices procured by      devices at all times of        Technology Director
                of more technology devices for the               2020.                    day, increases students’       Director of Finance and
                high school to achieve a 1:1 device to          An additional 600        technological fluency and       Operations
                student ratio.                                   devices procured by      skills needed for modern       High School Principal
                                                                 2021 (for a total of     employment. It also
                                                                 1,200 over 5 years.)     allows for increased
                                                                                          opportunities in
                                                                                          personalized learning.

                                                                                     6.
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Action Steps to help students meet the           Benchmarks              How will this make life           People Responsible       Estimated
                                        goal                                                    better for our students?                                   Financial
                                                                                                                                                            Impact
                       TL 1.3                                       Establishment of a        When teachers are                 Director of Curriculum     Low
                       The District will continue to provide         “Digital Leaders and      confident and competent           STEAM Director
                       professional development                      Learners” Team to         with digital learning,            Building Principals
                       opportunities for teachers and staff to       provide in-house          opportunities increase for
                       help them effectively implement               training by 2019.         students (i.e.-
                       digital learning in their classrooms.                                   differentiation with GSuite,
                                                                                               conducting research, digital
                                                                                               portfolios, etc.)
LITERACY (continued)

                       TL 1.4                                       The possibility of        By allowing students and          Superintendent           Moderate
                       The District will use technology to           expanding virtual         teachers to connect with       
TECHNOLOGICAL

                                                                                                                                  Director of Curriculum
                       build and model strong virtual                classes for Middle        other sources of learning         STEAM Director
                       partnerships for learning, either             School/High School        across the globe, in              Principals
                       across the district, state, country, or       students will be          various ways, we increase         Teachers
                       globally.                                     investigated by 2019.     opportunities for
                                                                    Investigate a             innovation, cultural
                                                                     partnership with an       awareness, and initiative
                                                                     organization that         and self-direction.
                                                                     provides virtual          Additionally it provides
                                                                     learning opportunities    our students with
                                                                     (such as Global Stem)     expanded learning
                                                                     by 2019.                  opportunities, otherwise
                                                                    Administrators will       unavailable to them.
                                                                     conduct at least two      Creating virtual
                                                                     (2) virtual               partnerships with other
                                                                     meetings/trainings        school districts allows
                                                                     with their staff each     teachers and students to
                                                                     school year by 2019.      access teaching in content
                                                                    All classrooms in         areas we may not be able
                                                                     grades PreK-12 will       to provide due to either
                                                                     participate in at least   finances or availability of
                                                                     one (1) virtual           skilled faculty in this
                                                                     connection during         area. (i.e. a virtual
                                                                     each school year by       Mandarin class with a
                                                                     2020.                     town outside of Boston.)
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Goal                   Students will demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability when using technology.
 #2
                       Action Steps to help students meet the          Benchmarks             How will this make life        People Responsible         Estimated
                                        goal                                                  better for our students?                                  Financial
                                                                                                                                                         Impact
                       TL 2.1                                      Grades 5-12, will        By utilizing the online        Director of Technology       None
                       The use of the online grading portal         utilize the online       grading portal, students       Principals               (Cost savings)
                       will continue to be expanded.                grading system- with     (and their families) have   
LITERACY (continued)

                                                                                                                             Data Specialist
                                                                                             timely access to            
 TECHNOLOGICAL

                                                                    solely electronic                                        Teachers
                                                                    report cards issued by   assignments and grades,
                                                                    2018.                    in order to help monitor
                                                                   Grades PreK-4 will       and advocate for their
                                                                    move towards             own learning needs.
                                                                    utilization of the
                                                                    online grading
                                                                    system-with electronic
                                                                    report cards issued by
                                                                    2020.
                       TL 2.2                                      All Grade 5-12 Core      Benefits to students           Director of Technology       None
                       The use of Google Classroom will be          Teachers will have a     include:                       Principals
                       expanded District-wide.                      Google Classroom         -a consistent online           Data Specialist
                                                                    established by 2019.     learning platform              Teachers
                                                                   All Grade 2-4            (required by many
                                                                    Teachers will have a     colleges)
                                                                    Google Classroom         -easy access to materials
                                                                    established by 2020.     -promotes differentiation
                                                                                             of assignments
                                                                                             -less paper
                                                                                             -student engagement

                                                                                        8.
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Action Steps to help students meet the          Benchmarks             How will this make life         People Responsible           Estimated
                                        goal                                                  better for our students?                                     Financial
                                                                                                                                                             Impact
LITERACY (continued)
                       TL 2.3                                      Establishment of a       Students will be                STEAM Director            Low
                       Parent education opportunities will          Media Club at Middle     encouraged to be aware          Technology Director       (Cost of
TECHNOLOGICAL

                       be provided regarding technology,            Schools and High         and analyze their online        Director of Finance and   equipment and
                       including but not limited to, social         Schools by 2018.         behaviors, in turn               Operations                guest speakers)
                       media trends, “how to keep kids safe,”     Establishment of “It’s    educating their parents.        Principals
                       tools and websites for learning, etc.        All About Kids                                           Teachers
                                                                    Series” for District
                                                                    Youtube Channel (for
                                                                    parents, made by kids)
                                                                    by 2018.
                       TL 2.4                                      Social media policy          By updating the             Superintendent
                       Written guidelines and expectations           will be reviewed,           social media policy         Technology Director       None
                       of professional and personal use of           updated and shared          with current trends         School Committee
                       social media for staff and student will       with staff and              and expectations,
                       be reviewed.                                  students by 2019.           students will be
                                                                                                 taught professional
                                                                                                 and safe behavior for
                                                                                                 their online presence.
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GOAL Students will learn how to formulate concrete ideas from abstract concepts.
 #1
                      Action Steps to help students meet the           Benchmarks              How will this make life         People Responsible        Estimated
                                       goal                                                    better for our students?                                  Financial
                                                                                                                                                          Impact
                      CT/PS 1.1                                    Understanding By           Students learn how to         Director of Curriculum   Low
                      The District will promote the use of a        Design (UbD)training       take initiative and           STEAM Director
                      Project Based Learning Method to              for ALL teachers (“train   responsibility, build         Principals
                      strengthen the use of higher order,           the trainer model”) to     their confidence, solve       Teachers
                      open-ended discussion and                     take place by 2019.        problems, work in
                      questioning in all subject areas.           Teams (grade level, or      teams, communicate
                                                                   content area) will design   ideas, and manage
                                                                   and implement at least
                                                                                               themselves more
                                                                   one PBL Unit by 2019.
                                                                                               effectively. PBL
and PROBLEM SOLVING

                                                                  Content curriculum will
                                                                                               addresses standards in a
                                                                   be redesigned to create
CRITICAL THINKING

                                                                   multiple PBL units          way that is engaging
                                                                   within a digital mapping    and helps students
                                                                   platform by 2020.           understand concepts
                                                                                               more deeply.

                      CT/PS 1.2                                   Redefine roles and job      By incorporating digital      Director of Curriculum   Low
                      Opportunities at middle and high             descriptions of             standards into core           STEAM Director
                      school grade levels to embed                 elementary school           content areas, students       Principals
                      computer science, research, and              computer teachers by        will be using research        Teachers
                      analytical thinking into classes will        2018.                       and analytical thinking
                      be increased.                               Updating of content level   skills on a daily basis.
                                                                   curriculum maps in
                                                                   grades PreK-12 to
                                                                   include the Digital
                                                                   Learning Standards by
                                                                   2019.
                                                                  Redesign course
                                                                   offerings at middle
                                                                   school and high school
                                                                   levels to include
                                                                   Robotics and computer
                                                                   science by 2020.
Action Steps to help students meet the           Benchmarks              How will this make life         People Responsible        Estimated
                                                                        goal                                                    better for our students?                                  Financial
 CRITICAL THINKING and PROBLEM                                                                                                                                                             Impact
                                                       CT/PS 1.3                                   Additional offerings of     The mathematics of            Principals               Low
                                                       Elective classes/clubs that focus on         electives or clubs at all   modern computer               Guidance Dept.
                                                                                                                                                                                        (Stipends for
                                                       strategy (Ex: game theory/economic           seven (7) schools,          science is built almost       Teachers
                                 SOLVING (continued)

                                                       theory, discrete math) will be               directly connected to                                                               club advisors)
                                                                                                                                entirely on discrete
                                                       established.                                 problem solving/higher      math, in particular
                                                                                                    ordering thinking by        combinatory and graph
                                                                                                    2019.                       theory. This means that
                                                                                                   Establishment of a          in order to learn the
                                                                                                    DECA, Inc. team at the
                                                                                                                                fundamental algorithms
                                                                                                    high school by 2020.
                                                                                                                                used by computer
                                                                                                                                programmers, students
                                                                                                                                will need a solid
                                                                                                                                background in these
                                                                                                                                subjects.

GOAL Students will be able to analyze “real-world” problems, then hypothesize and construct a plan to
 #2  create a solution.
                                                       CT/PS 2.1                                   An addition of a capstone   Authentic performance         Director of Curriculum   None
                                                       All Seniors will produce authentic           project class at the high   assessments represent         Principal
                                                       performance assessments (portfolio           school by 2020.             new ideas, and gives          SH Guidance Staff
                                                       assessments, and/or capstone                Establishment of            students the opportunity      Teachers
                                                       projects.)                                   authentic performance       to demonstrate the
                                                                                                    assessments for all high    knowledge and skills
                                                                                                    school seniors by 2020      they have gained and
                                                                                                    via, but not limited to:    apply it to a real-world
                                                                                                    Showcase nights and         issue. The presentation
                                                                                                    Capstone projects           phase allows them to
                                                                                                                                utilize communication
                                                                                                                                skills they may have
                                                                                                                                gained.
Action Steps to help students meet the              Benchmarks              How will this make life           People Responsible   Estimated
                                                 goal                                                       better for our students?                               Financial
                                                                                                                                                                    Impact
                                CT/PS 2.2                                       Participation in the       According to                      Director of           Low
                                Financial Literacy, and “life skills”            “Credit for Life” (or      the Council for                    Curriculum
                                education will be expanded at the                similar) program by        Economic Education's              Principals
CRITICAL THINKING and PROBLEM

                                Middle Schools and High School for               2019.                      annual Survey of the              Guidance Staff
                                all students.                                   Student workshops on       States, 17 states in              Teachers
                                                                                 skills needed after        the US now require that
                                                                                 graduation (i.e. resume    students at public high
                                                                                 writing, job interviews,
      SOLVING (continued)

                                                                                                            schools take a personal
                                                                                 etc.) by 2019.
                                                                                                            finance class before they
                                                                                Annual Financial
                                                                                                            graduate. No matter
                                                                                 Literacy Learning
                                                                                 events established by      what you do in life, it all
                                                                                 2020.                      comes down to finances.
                                                                                                            Surveys from graduates
                                                                                                            showed this was the area
                                                                                                            for which they wish
                                                                                                            DCRSD had better
                                                                                                            prepared them.
                                                                                                            Students will learn
                                                                                                            resume writing, how to
                                                                                                            navigate job interviews,
                                                                                                            etc. to prepare them for
                                                                                                            life beyond graduation.

                                CT/PS 2.3                                         Field Trips to local     Students are our future,                                 Low
                                Expand student learning                            town government          and as such will be
                                opportunities for civic responsibility             buildings by 2018.       voting and participating
                                and engagement; including                         Mock District-wide       in town, state and
                                understanding how town, state and                  state election in        federal government in
                                federal offices and politics work.                 November of 2018.        various ways after
                                                                                  Establishment of         graduation. They should
                                                                                   Civics clubs by 2019.    have a solid
                                                                                  Mock District-wide       understanding of the
                                                                                   presidential election    framework for the
                                                                                   in November of           government system
                                                                                   2020.                    where they reside.
                                                                                                    12.
PERSONAL COMPETENCIES

                                                                    FOCUS AREAS:
                                                                      Empathy (E)
                                                    Initiative, Self-Direction and Resiliency (ISR)

GOAL
 #1  Students will consider the thoughts and feelings of another before speaking or acting.
           Action Steps to help students meet the           Benchmarks                 How will this make life          People Responsible       Estimated
                            goal                                                       better for our students?                                  Financial
                                                                                                                                                  Impact
           E1.1                                        Teachers will                 Helping students                 Director of Curriculum     Low
           The District will focus on educating         incorporate “learning         understand what they have        Principals
           students about peers in “protected”          moments” about                in common with others of         Teachers
           civil rights categories.                     protected categories.         different backgrounds,           District Equity
                                                        into class discussions by     abilities, culture or             Committee
                                                        September 2018.               mindsets, is crucial
 EMPATHY

                                                       The District Equity           to developing lifelong
                                                        Committee will                skills that will serve to
                                                        investigate bringing in       help them
                                                        experts to address            understand others and
                                                        students by Fall 2019.        interact positively with
                                                                                      them.
           E1.2                                        Motto will be displayed       Research has shown that          All District               Low
            “Everyone Matters” will be                  prominently, in various       kindness positively               Administrators
           established as a district wide motto.        ways, by Fall 2019.           changes the brain when           District Equity
                                                       Motto will be supported       you think about it, talk          Committee
                                                        through a variety of          about it, feel it and
                                                        media throughout the          reproduce it. This positive
                                                        life of the strategic plan.   feeling leads to improved
                                                                                      health and less stress,
                                                                                      therefore helping to reduce
                                                                                      student anxiety. In
                                                                                      addition, kindness is the
                                                                                      antithesis of victimization
                                                                                      and has been proven to
                                                                                      reduce incidents of
                                                                                      bullying in schools.
Action Steps to help students meet the           Benchmarks               How will this make life          People Responsible       Estimated
                                       goal                                                     better for our students?                                  Financial
                                                                                                                                                           Impact
                      E1.3                                        A minimum of two            Research shows that              Director of Curriculum     Low
                      The District will provide equity             training sessions will be   teachers are the #1 in-          District Equity
                      training for all staff members.              offered for all District    school factor in student          Committee
                                                                   employees around            learning. Diverse                Professional
                                                                   equity and diversity by     classrooms must utilize           Development
                                                                   Spring of 2020.             varying means of                  Committee
                                                                                               communication. Cultural
                                                                                               backgrounds, gender roles
EMPATHY (continued)

                                                                                               and religious backgrounds
                                                                                               may have a significant
                                                                                               impact on the value a child
                                                                                               places on learning and
                                                                                               his/her teacher.
                      E1.4                                        District civility           Research has shown that          All District               None
                      All staff will be expected to model          guidelines will be          kindness positively               Administrators
                      and foster an atmosphere of kindness         adhered to, by staff and    changes the brain when
                      and respect throughout the District.         students, in every          you think about it, talk
                                                                   school.                     about it, feel it and
                                                                                               reproduce it. This positive
                                                                                               feeling leads to improved
                                                                                               health and less stress,
                                                                                               therefore helping to reduce
                                                                                               student anxiety. In
                                                                                               addition, kindness is the
                                                                                               antithesis of victimization
                                                                                               and has been proven to
                                                                                               reduce incidents of
                                                                                               bullying in schools

                                                                                       14.
Goal                        Students will build skills in initiative, self-direction, and resiliency to meet the needs of an ever
 #1                         changing world.
                            Action Steps to meet the goal          Benchmarks                     How will this make life      People Responsible           Estimated
                                                                                                  better for our students?                                  Financial
INTIATIVE, SELF-DIRECTION

                                                                                                                                                            Impact
                            ISR 1.1                                   Each school will display   By helping students create      Director of Curriculum   Low
                            Students will be provided with tools       and teach growth-          a growth mindset through        Building Principals
                                                                       mindset “self talk”                                     
     and RESILIENCE

                            to help promote a growth mind-set                                     a tool they are well-            District ELL
                            that will assist them in seeing the        language.                  connected with they begin        Coordinator
                            importance of initiative and self-        The district Youtube       to realize what can be          Building ELL Teachers
                            direction throughout their lives.          channel will be utilized   accomplished through            School Psychologists
                                                                       to teach personal          dedication and hard work.
                                                                       competencies. Growth
                                                                       mindset will be featured
                                                                       by Spring 2019.
                                                                      A resource library of
                                                                       books, videos and
                                                                       articles to support
                                                                       students in personal
                                                                       competencies will be
                                                                       created by spring 2020.
Action Steps to meet the goal          Benchmarks                     How will this make life       People Responsible           Estimated
                                                                                                      better for our students?                                   Financial
                                                                                                                                                                 Impact
                                ISR 1.2                                   Business partnerships      Research shows that career       Director of Curriculum       None
                                Shepherd Hill will research and            will be created to offer   development activities,          STEAM Director
                                implement school-day internship            internships by spring      such as internships and          SHRHS Principal
INTIATIVE, SELF-DIRECTION and

                                opportunities within the community         2019.                      volunteering, are                SHRHS Guidance
                                for students in grades 11 and 12.                                     becoming increasingly
                                                                                                      important for high school
     RESILIENCE (continued)

                                                                                                      students who want to get
                                                                                                      into better colleges and
                                                                                                      find future employment. In
                                                                                                      addition, work experience
                                                                                                      is helpful in ensuring they
                                                                                                      make a good career
                                                                                                      decision and building a
                                                                                                      professional network.
                                ISR 1.3                                   Consistent assignment      By having students               Building Principals          Low
                                All staff will develop and utilize         management routines        become more organized it         Classroom Teachers
                                routines to assist all students in         established throughout     helps them to have better
                                grades 2-12 with self-management of        all classes at each        time management skills,
                                assignments and deadlines, utilizing       school by fall 2018.       and helps decrease
                                G-suite tools and/or written agendas      Survey of students/        procrastination. It also
                                throughout the year.                       parents regarding the      provides a tool for
                                                                           success of agenda use      enhancing communication
                                                                           by spring 2019.            about student assignments
                                                                                                      between child and
                                                                                                      parent(s).
Action Steps to meet the goal           Benchmarks                    How will this make life        People Responsible           Estimated
                                                                                                      better for our students?                                    Financial
                                                                                                                                                                  Impact
                                ISR 1.4                                    Job Description created   In a project, students learn      Superintendent             Moderate
                                Hire two technology                         by spring 2018.           how to take initiative and        School Committee
                                teachers/integrationists to provide        Job Posting and Hiring    responsibility, build their       Director of Curriculum
                                support to teachers and ensure              in spring 2018.           confidence, solve
                                implementation of MA Digital                                          problems, work in teams,
                                Standards in Grades K-4.                                              communicate ideas, and
                                                                                                      manage themselves more
INTIATIVE, SELF-DIRECTION and

                                                                                                      effectively. PBL addresses
                                                                                                      standards in a way that is
                                                                                                      engaging and helps
     RESILIENCE (continued)

                                                                                                      students understand
                                                                                                      concepts more deeply.

                                ISR 1.5                                    Addition of Daily RtI     By utilizing daily response       All District             None
                                Revamp schedules as needed in               (Response to              to intervention blocks             Administrators
                                Grades K-12 to provide remediation          Intervention) Blocks at   and/or innovation blocks          Guidance Departments
                                and enrichment blocks for all               all Elementary Schools    teachers place a specific
                                students.                                   by fall 2018.             focus on learning. This can
                                                                           Addition of               provide remediation in
                                                                            Personalized Learning     specific skills for some
                                                                            Blocks at both Middle     students, additional
                                                                            Schools by fall 2018.     practice for students on
                                                                           Addition of Innovation    grade level, and
                                                                            Blocks at SHRHS for       innovation or extension
                                                                            the purpose of extended   work for students who
                                                                            student learning of own   have already mastered
                                                                            interests by fall 2018.   grade level content
                                                                                                      standards.
                                ISR 1.6                                    Additional hiring of      Studies demonstrate that          Superintendent             Moderate
                                Continue to support small class sizes       teachers to keep class    students in K-3 that are in       School Committee
                                in Kindergarten through grade 3.            sizes at 22 or less in    smaller classes do better in      Building Principals
                                                                            each year of the plan.    every way that can be
                                                                                                      measured. Those whose
                                                                                                      performance improves the
                                                                                                      most are those who need
                                                                                                      the most help.
Action Steps to meet the goal         Benchmarks                    How will this make life       People Responsible           Estimated
                                                                                                  better for our students?                                   Financial
                                                                                                                                                             Impact
                              ISR 1.7                                  Establish a volunteer     By having all District           Superintendent               None
                              Implement a common practice for           study group to research   schools aligned with             Director of Curriculum
INTIATIVE, SELF-DIRECTION

                              homework expectations, throughout         on best practices and     expectations around              Principals
 and RESILIENCE (continued)

                              grades K-12.                              make recommendations      homework assignments,            Guidance Staff
                                                                        to Superintendent by      students in each town and        Teachers
                                                                        spring 2019.              in each grade are receiving
                                                                       Implementation of Plan    similar experiences.
                                                                        District-wide in fall
                                                                        2019.

                              ISR 1.8                                  Establish a volunteer     By having all District           Superintendent               None
                              Implement a common practice for re-       study group to research   schools aligned with             Director of Curriculum
                              dos and re-takes throughout grades        on best practices and     expectations around re-dos       Principals
                              K-12.                                     make recommendations      and re-takes, students in        Guidance Staff
                                                                        to Superintendent by      each town and in each            Teachers
                                                                        spring 2020.              grade are receiving similar
                                                                       Implementation of Plan    experiences.
                                                                        District-wide in fall
                                                                        2020.
INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCIES

                                                                               FOCUS AREAS:
                                                                        Effective Communication (EC)
                                                                           Global Awareness (GA)

        Students will be able to communicate with both peers and adults, virtually and in person, showing a respectful
Goal #1 openness to new ideas, but also maintaining the ability to uphold personal views. Students will be able to
        modify the mode of communication to what is most appropriate for various types of situations based on
        nuances including body language, tone, and appearance.
                            Action Steps to meet the goal        Benchmarks                     How will this make life    People Responsible     Estimated
                                                                                                better for our students?                          Financial
                                                                                                                                                  Impact
                            EC 1.1                                   An in-district trainer    Schools that teach            Administrators     Low
                            Provide continuing support at the         for Responsive            character education           School Committee
                            elementary levels for Responsive          Classroom Training        report higher academic        Teachers
            COMMUNICATION

                            Classroom.                                will be trained by 2019   performance, improved         Guidance
                                                                      to continue to train      attendance, reduced
EFFECTIVE

                                                                      new staff and offer       violence, fewer
                                                                      refreshers.               disciplinary issues,
                                                                                                reduction in substance
                                                                                                abuse, and less
                                                                                                vandalism.
                            EC 1.2                                   Each content area/grade   Group projects require        Administrators     None
                            Promote opportunities for students to     level will complete one   students to learn how to      Teachers
                            work cooperatively with others            Project Based Learning    effectively communicate
                            through Project Based Learning;           (PBL)unit or center,      with others and how to
                            including specific communication          with communication        develop their own voice
                            expectations (as specified in the         standards, by spring      and perspectives in
                            Speaking and Listening Standards          2019.                     relation to peers.
                            from MA Frameworks) in classrooms.       Each content area/grade
                                                                      level will continue to
                                                                      increase the number of
                                                                      PBL units in 2020 and
                                                                      2021.
Action Steps to meet the goal           Benchmarks                     How will this make life       People Responsible   Estimated
                                                                                                   better for our students?                           Financial Impact
                            EC 1.3                                     Middle and High            In addition to benefiting        All District     None
                            Explore and provide ongoing                 School students will       the student presenters by         Administrators
                            opportunities for students to develop       participate in mock        building confidence in           Teachers
                            and augment presentation and                interviews and a mock      something that is a
                            communication skills.                       town meeting by 2019.      broadly applicable
                                                                       Provide debate             professional skill, it also
                                                                        opportunities for all      can benefit the student
            COMMUNICATION

                                                                        students by 2020.          listeners by helping them
                                                                       Middle and High            become critical thinkers
EFFECTIVE

                                                                        School Students will       of information they are
                                                                        develop a presentation     receiving.
                                                                        similar to the Ted Talk
                                                                        format by 2021.
                                                                       Opportunities for
                                                                        frequent oral
                                                                        presentations/public
                                                                        speaking built into all
                                                                        classes, at all grade
                                                                        levels throughout the
                                                                        life of the plan.
                                                                       Opportunities for
                                                                        students to analyze
                                                                        historical
                                                                        communication (i.e.
                                                                        letters, famous
                                                                        speeches, etc.)
                                                                        throughout the life of
                                                                        the plan.
                                                                       Allow students
                                                                        exposure to ongoing
                                                                        advocacy at the student,
                                                                        school, town and
                                                                        government levels
                                                                        throughout the life of
                                                                        the plan.

                                                                                           20.
Goal #1 Students will be able to articulate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of international
        issues.
             Action Steps to meet the goal          Benchmarks                    How will this make life    People Responsible   Estimated
                                                                                  better for our students?                        Financial Impact
             GA 1.1                                    Elementary Students       Current event programs         Principals      Low
             Increased opportunities for learning       will utilize Scholastic   cover a wide range of          Classroom
             about current events.                      News weekly to guide      subjects and connect to           Teachers
             (See CT/PS 2.4)                            discussions of current    all areas of the
                                                        events throughout the     curriculum. They help to
                                                        plan.                     develop informed citizens
                                                       Middle School             and lifelong newsreaders.
 AWARENESS

                                                        Students will utilize     Studying current events
  GLOBAL

                                                        CNN news a                helps students understand
                                                        minimum of once           the importance of people,
                                                        weekly to guide           events, and issues in the
                                                        discussions of current    news; it stimulates
                                                        events throughout the     students to explore and
                                                        plan.                     learn more about the
                                                       All High School           news, and to pay attention
                                                        students will witness     to the news they see and
                                                        an American               hear outside of school.
                                                        Citizenship Ceremony
                                                        and take the US
                                                        citizenship test as an
                                                        experience by 2020.
                                                       SH will use the
                                                        TelegRAM articles on
                                                        current events to
                                                        promote class
                                                        discussions where
                                                        applicable throughout
                                                        the life of the plan.

                                                                          21.
Action Steps to meet the goal          Benchmarks                       How will this make life       People Responsible   Estimated
                                                                                            better for our students?                           Financial Impact
                    GA 1.2                                    Establish a Model UN         By participating in a            Administrators   Low
                    Increase project based learning            Group at SHRHS by            Model UN club and                teachers
                    activities surrounding global issues       2020.                        project based learning
                                                              Students will participate    opportunities, students
                                                               in identifying global        will have a engaging way
                                                               issues and participate in
 GLOBAL AWARENESS

                                                                                            of learning about the
                                                               building-based               world and how different
                                                               opportunities on an          groups of people work
                                                               ongoing basis to
     (continued)

                                                                                            together to solve
                                                               contribute to a possible
                                                               solution.                    problems. They will
                                                                                            develop leadership skills
                                                                                            (such as research, public
                                                                                            speaking and teamwork),
                                                                                            and network for get into
                                                                                            college/find jobs.

                    GA 1.3                                    Courses will be added        In an increasingly               Director of      Low to Moderate
                    Increase the number of course              to, or changed, in the       interconnected world,             Curriculum
                    offerings surrounding world                High School course of        today's young generation         SH Principal
                    pathways.                                  studies.                     need to learn be able to         Guidance Dept.
                                                                                            engage in communication          Teachers
                                                                                            with people from a wide
                                                                                            range of different cultures
                                                                                            and traditions.

Goal #2 Students will be able to express an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people
        from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
                    GA 2.1                                    A District-wide World        Providing students with          Superintendent   Low
                    All students will be provided              cultural Fair will be held   exposure to various              Director of
                    exposure to global cultures.               by spring 2020.              global cultures involves          Curriculum
                                                              Community guest              perspective taking and           Principals
                                                               speakers will be invited     the realization that while       Teachers
                                                               to present to students at    there are differences            Community
                                                               all schools by spring        among people, there are           members
                                                               2020.                        also common threads to
                                                                                            connect us all.
Goal #3 Students will be exposed to foreign languages.
                    Action Steps to meet the goal         Benchmarks                    How will this make life        People Responsible      Estimated
                                                                                        better for our students?                               Financial Impact
                    GA 3.1                                   Hire 2 foreign            All children who wish to          Superintendent      Moderate
                    Add 1 Foreign Language teacher at         language teachers for     participate in foreign            Director of
 GLOBAL AWARENESS

                    each Middle School and High               the Middle Schools by     language instruction               Curriculum
                    School.                                   spring 2020.              should have the                   Principals
                                                             Hire 1 foreign            opportunity to do so.             School Committee
     (continued)

                                                              language teacher for
                                                              the High School by
                                                              spring 2021.
                    GA 3.2                                   Develop new foreign      The demand for knowing a           School Principals   Low
                    Increase opportunities to learn and       language courses by      foreign language in                Guidance
                    utilize foreign Languages taught at       spring 2019.             business is increasing             Foreign Language
                    Shepherd Hill.                           Expand Virtual High      daily. Currently the top 10         Department
                                                              School subscriptions to  languages in demand for
                                                              include foreign          business include (in
                                                              languages not currently  addition to English, French
                                                              available by a teacher   and Spanish) Mandarin,
                                                              by spring 2020.          Arabic, German,
                                                             Explore introduction of  Portuguese, Russian,
                                                              Virtual High School      Japanese and Hindi. Our
                                                              for the use of language  students need to be
                                                              learning at the Middle   provided the opportunity
                                                              Schools.                 to learn a less “traditional”
                                                                                       academic language.
                    GA 3.3                                   Ensure that all existing Physiologically, speaking          Director of         None
                    Continue to expand opportunities          seats in Rosetta Stone   a second language offers a          Curriculum
                    for students to connect to language       are being effectively    great boost cognitively,           Director of
                    learning.                                 utilized by spring 2019. including increasing                Technology
                                                             Explore other models     memory skills as well as           Principals
                                                              of language instruction boosting the ability to
                                                              for middle and           negotiate meaning with
                                                              elementary school        other problem-solving
                                                              students by spring       tasks.
                                                              2019.

                                                                                  23.
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