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School Improvement Plan Overview

Introduction and Purpose

The School Improvement (SI) Plan answers the question, “How are we going to get to where we want to be?” It is different from typical, annual plans that are written to close a gap or achieve a couple goals. The SI Plan is written to achieve the vision of the school and is about keeping the entire system together and moving forward.

The primary purpose of the plan is to identify the strategies, practices, or programs (referred to collectively as “strategies” in this document) based on the root-cause analysis, the system can implement with the highest likelihood of success. Schools should select strategies that are informed by research as having a desired impact in addressing root causes for the intended student population.

Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the district or charter—in partnership with stakeholders (including principals and other school leaders, teachers and parents)—must locally develop and implement a school improvement plan for the school to improve student outcomes.

For schools identified under ESSA, the plan must:

  1. Improve student outcomes.

  2. Be informed by all indicators in the accountability system, including student performance in Minnesota’s long-term goals.

  3. Based on a school level comprehensive needs assessment.

  4. Include at least one strategy or evidence-based intervention that:

  • Is aligned to the accountability indicator(s) for which the school was identified

  • Is supported by the strongest level of evidence available

  • Is appropriate to the needs of the schools in the student populations

  • May be selected from a state provided list

  1. Include strategies to increase access to experienced, qualified and effective teachers for underserved students at the school and classroom levels.

  2. Identifies resource inequities, which may include a review of district and school level budgeting, to be addressed through implementation of this plan.

  3. Be resourced appropriately.

  4. Describe how early stakeholder input was solicited and used plan development, and how stakeholders will participate in plan implementation.

  5. Be approved by the school, the district or charter, and the state (comprehensive support and improvement schools only).

  6. Are made publicly available, such as on a school or district website, with required materials under World’s Best Workforce.

  7. Upon approval and implementation, is monitored and periodically reviewed by the state.

A school improvement (SI) plan is required for each school identified for support and improvement.

  • Schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement are required to submit a SI Plan to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) [submit PDF to MDE. schoolsupport@state.mn.us] no later than March 1, 2019. Your Regional Center of Excellence team member should be copied on this submission. This plan should already have been reviewed and approved by the district or charter prior to submitting to the state. Note: if the district or charter has a school improvement plan template they would prefer to use, they may do so provided the local template meets all of the state plan requirements as determined by a Regional Center Director or the Director of School Support at MDE.

  • Schools identified for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) are not required to submit a CNA Summary Report to MDE. The district or charter has the sole over site role for school improvement activities under Minnesota’s ESSA plan. The state may conduct periodic audits of district and charter TSI activities including the SI Plan. Use of this SI Plan is encouraged but not required.

Outcome

The SI Plan identifies what will be done, how it will be done, when it will be done, why it will be done, and who will do it is at the heart of an action plan. Aligned with the existing strengths and resources within a district/school, and their readiness, the action plan will have a high likelihood of success.

Preparation and Materials

In advance, a full review of the process, protocols, and supporting documents is important. This includes:

  • “School Improvement Plan Template”

  • “Hexagon Tool”

  • Determining a stakeholder communication/engagement plan

Who Should Be Involved

A school level school improvement team should be established that includes voices of educators, staff and community. District or charter staff should be represented on this team or have clear communication links established between the school and its district or charter. The school improvement team is accountable for making the school improvement work happen, including the development and implementation of the SI plan.

 

Time

To do this process with fidelity

  • Preparing: includes the time to review all documentation, and identification of stakeholders outside of the system to engage in the process. 1-2 hours

  • Strategy, practice, program research: includes the time to research all possible options that can be used to remove the identified/hypothesized root-cause(s) and support the vision of the system. Depending on the time of year and availability of leadership/staff, the research should take from one to two weeks.

  • Strategy, practice, program selection: Using the hexagon tool, find which option(s) the system is most ready to implement. 2-8 hours.

  • Creating the SI Plan: 4-8 hours.

  • It is important to note that there may be time needed (possibly multiple days) between steps to allow for any work or research needed to inform the next step.

Directions Overview

Preparing

  • Review all documents associated with the SI Plan and strategy selection. Determine how to communicate with and engage all stakeholders, within and outside of the school system.

Strategy, practice, program research

  • Research all possible options that can be used to remove the identified/hypothesized root-cause(s) and support the vision of the system.

  • Where possible, compare research of similar school systems with similar demographics and student groups.

Strategy, practice, program selection

  • Using the Hexagon tool from NIRN (see citation below), select the strategy, practice, or program that is identified as being the best fit for the system.

Creating the SI Plan

  • Ideally, the plan will be written to meet goals over a two to three year cycle, with the plan being updated or modified annually.

  • The SI Plan consists of the baseline data, goals, objectives, selected strategy, activities to implement, person(s) responsible for each activity, how the success of each activity will be measured, what resources are needed, due dates, and when activities will take place on the timeline.

    • In the “Plan for Strategy” sections, be sure to consider and include all actions that will be associated with successful implementation of the strategy. To add rows in this section, place the curser on the right side of the bottom row and click the “return” or “enter” button on your keyboard.

  • The plan must include the activities for implementing and monitoring fidelity of the strategy.

  • The plan must include stakeholder communication and engagement strategies and plans.

Leading the Conversation

  • Using the SI Plan Template, leadership will ensure that all parts are completed, including all items under the “Plan for Strategy” section.

  • Facilitating the process can be done in many ways. It is important to use protocols that allow for all stakeholder voices to be shared when determining all actions to implement a strategy.

Modifications or Variations

Describe options for use:

  • Ideally, the plan will be written to meet goals over a two to three year cycle, with the plan being updated or modified annually. However, it may be written for an initial one year cycle if:

    • There was not enough data to complete a root-cause process. In this case, a strategy may be used based on the best hypothesis and additional data collected to revisit the root-cause process.

    • Due to other factors within the system, a one year goal is in the best interests of the system.

  • Delegating strategy research to multiple people can save time on the research step of the process.

  • A system may select only one strategy to implement, but may select up to three. It is recommended that a system not try to implement more than three strategies in a given year.

Citations

  • Bernhardt, V. L. (2018). Data analysis for continuous school improvement. New York, NY: Routledge.

  • NIRN - The National Implementation Research Network. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://nirn.fpg.unc.edu/

 

School Improvement (SI) Plan

The purpose of the school improvement (SI) plan is to lay out the vision, including strategies and actions, person(s) responsible, measurement, costs/funding sources, timelines, and anything that must be considered. The SI Plan will move the system forward to the vision. The SI Plan is work done in the INSTALLATION stage. Using what is learned through the EXPLORATION stage, the leadership team can acquire or re-purpose needed resources for implementation.

Contact Information

District or Charter Information

District Phone, Fax, Email

District/Charter Name and Number Eveleth Gilbert 2154

Supt/Director Phone: 218-744-7700

Superintendent/Director  Jeff Carey

Supt/Director Email:

District Address: 801 Jones St, Eveleth MN  55734

District/Charter Fax: 218-744-4381

Who is the main contact at the district or charter level for the ESSA school support and improvement work?

Name of Main Contact: Jeff Carey

Role in District/Charter: Superintendent

Phone Number: 218-744-7700

E-mail Address:

 

School Information

School Phone, Fax, Email

School Name, Number and Grade Span: Nelle Shean Elementary, 2154, 5th - 6th

Phone: 218-744-7770

School Address: 801 Jones St, Eveleth, MN  55734

Fax: 218-744-4381

Principal: Todd Griepentrog

Email:

Who is the main contact at the school for the ESSA school support and improvement work?

Name of Main Contact: Todd Griepentrog

Role in School: Principal

Phone Number: 218-744-7773

E-mail Address:

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Plan

Describe your stakeholder engagement activities and how you will communicate with stakeholders.

Click or tap here to enter text.

Use the following table to outline a communications plan for the ESSA support and improvement work.

When will the communication take place

What is the message

Who is the audience

How will it be communicated

January 2019

Come plan with us

Parents of 5th and 6th grade

District phone system

February 2019

Review of School Improvement Plan

District superintendent/staff

email/meeting

November 26, 2018

Review of WBWF plan

Staff/parents/community

Phone system / Meeting.

March 1, 2019

CNA and SIP posted on district website

All stakeholders in the District

Internet



School Improvement Strategy(ies)--Summary

Identify the strategies, practices, or programs team has selected for implementation. This will be the focus of the school improvement effort the identification cycle (three years). It is strongly recommended that schools focus their school improvement effort and seek deep, consistent implementation of one or two strategies.

 

Synopsis: Effective teaching of mathematics establishes clear goals for the mathematics that students are learning, situates goals within learning progressions, and uses the goals to guide instructional decisions.

Core Components with a brief description of specific adult actions (The teacher will…)

● Articulate the Mathematics: Establish clear goals that articulate the mathematics that students are learning as a result of instruction in a lesson, over a series of lessons, or throughout a unit.

● Learning Progressions: Identify how the goals fit within a mathematics learning progression.

● Connections for Students: Discuss and refer to the mathematical purpose and goal of a lesson during instruction to ensure that students understand how the current work contributes to their learning.

● Instructional Decisions: Use the mathematics goals to guide lesson planning and reflection and to make in-the-moment decisions during instruction.

 

Strategy #1

Click here X if the strategy is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

The Strategy we are going to implement is…

Establish mathematic goals/learning goals (Learning Targets) and success criteria to focus learning.

…to address this Root-Cause(s)

Increasing student achievement through evidenced based practices (From CNA)

Too long of test sessions, we must shorten our test sessions to get a more accurate depiction of our students abilities and growth in mathematics.  We must change our focus on convenience / lab scheduling and do what’s right for our students. We had too many distractions during our testing sessions, we must have more small group sessions and if there are issues with behaviors or distractions during our testing sessions, eliminate them  before it becomes a problem. We also feel that our teachers should have a focus on the standards and begin to create learning targets and success criteria to use with in the classrooms.

Which will help us meet these student outcome Goals*

5th Grade Math: Students will increase Math achievement on the STAR test.We will raise the whole average of 5th graders from 5.1 to 5.8 Grade Equivalent (GE) from Fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019.

6th Grade Math: The goal for this academic school year is to continue correlating the Math Standards with our Math Text plus we will be creating a reference source to organize other resources (videos, IXL, Russ Davidson Math Cohort, vocabulary, activities) that reinforce the standards.  We hope to increase the percentage of students meeting or exceeding on the MCA math test from 27.9% to 55%.

 

#2

Click here ☐ if the strategy is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

The Strategy we are going to implement is

Click or tap here to enter text.

to address the Root Cause

Click or tap here to enter text.

Which will help us meet this student outcome Goal*

Enter a SMART goal.

 

#3

Click here ☐ if the strategy is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

The Strategy we are going to implement is

Click or tap here to enter text.

to address the Root Cause

Click or tap here to enter text.

Which will help us meet this student outcome Goal*

Enter a SMART goal.



*SMART (strategic, measurable, ambitious, rigorous and time-sensitive) goal template example: The three year average for ACCOUNTABILITY INDICATOR at Nelle Shean Elementary  will increase from BASELINE DATA to TARGET DATA within THIS TIME PERIOD.

Plan for Strategy #1

Strategy #1:  Establish mathematic goals/learning targets and success criteria to focus learning

Root-Cause: Too long of test sessions, we must shorten our test sessions to get a more accurate depiction of our students abilities and growth in mathematics.  We must change from our focus on convenience / lab scheduling and do what’s right for our students. We had too many distractions during our testing sessions, we must have more small group sessions and if there are issues with behaviors or distractions during our testing sessions, eliminate them  before it becomes a problem. We also feel that our teachers should have a focus on the standards and begin to create learning targets and success criteria to use with in the classrooms.

Goal: 5th Grade Math: Students will increase Math achievement on the STAR test.We will raise the whole average of 5th graders from 5.1 to 5.8 Grade Equivalent (GE) from Fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019.

6th Grade Math: The goal for this academic school year is to continue correlating the Math Standards with our Math Text plus we will be creating a reference source to organize other resources (videos, IXL, Russ Davidson Math Cohort, vocabulary, activities) that reinforce the standards.  We hope to increase the percentage of students meeting or exceeding on the MCA math test from 27.9% to 55%.

(Use the following table to identify actions that need to take place in order to implement this strategy. The months are intended to display a timeline for when each action step needs to begin and culminate in order to move the work forward. Use as many rows as needed)

Action Steps

 

The teacher will...

Person(s) Responsible

Measurement

Resources Needed

August

September

October

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

Due Date

Articulate the mathematics:  Establish clear goals that articulate the mathematics that students are learning as a result of instruction in a lesson, over a series of lessons, or throughout a unit. Learning Targets and Success Criteria.

classroom teacher

fidelity checks

time

X

X

X

 

Learning Progressions: Identify how the goals fit within a mathematics learning progression.

classroom teachers and math PLC

fidelity checks

time:  teacher and PLC

X

X

X

 

Connections for Students: Discuss and refer to the mathematical purpose and goal of a lesson during instruction to ensure that students understand how the current work contributes to their learning.

classroom teacher

lesson plans and fidelity checks

time

X

X

X

 

Instructional Decisions: Use the mathematics goals to guide lesson planning and reflection and to make in-the-moment decisions during instruction.

classroom teacher

lesson plan and fidelity checks

time for planning

X

X

X

 


Progress Toward Goal #1: (To be completed at end of year, and document resubmitted to the Regional Center of Excellence Director and MDE.)

  • To what extent has the Strategy been implemented? What about the process went well, or not? What is the adult fidelity evidence of this?

    • Summer updates  Quarterly.

  • How has student achievement been impacted? What is the evidence?

    • Click or tap here to enter text.

  • How will implementation be adjusted and/or supported moving into the next year?

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Contact: Todd Griepentrog