Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Live reporting: District Improvement Plan

2. Guests/Presentations

b. District Improvement Plan

Winslow, Sabolinski, Edwards


"We will define, identify, develop, and implement strategies to advance increased complexity and rigor across all curricula, instructional practices, and assessments within the Franklin Public Schools."

looked at student work samples to see what was being done in light of what was needed



Standard 1 Instructional Leadership

  • We will continue to align curricula to the Massachusetts Frameworks and develop corresponding common assessments to ensure that all students in each grade and course have the same opportunities to develop and demonstrate mastery in the required concepts and skills.

Standard 2 Teaching All Students

  • We will utilize differentiated instructional strategies to meet needs of students at all levels, by using a Response to Intervention Program (RtI) and the implementation of high expectations for increased complexity and rigor for all learners.
  • By implementing research-based curricula to support social/emotional learning all students will benefit from a safe and supportive learning environment.

Standard 3 Community Engagement

  • Through effective partnerships with families, community members, and organizations, educators will promote learning expectations and initiatives that enable all students to grow academically, socially, and physically.
  • Expectations for the appropriate mastery of concepts and skills and the demonstration of proficiency in these content and skills will be shared with families and the community, including celebrations of success.
  • Through school-based activities and initiatives, we will create inclusive communities in all of our schools for all students and families, especially those coming from diverse backgrounds.

Standard 4 Professional Culture

  • All staff will participate in the alignment of curricula, the development and implementation of common assessments, and will provide evidence of differentiated instruction in their classrooms.
  • Using the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model, faculty and administration will collaborate and engage in professional activities to implement instructional practices that engage all students and establish expectations that challenge students to meet or exceed their potential.


Looking to rebrand the school district

How do we talk about math today with the parents who might have had a different experience with math. How the classwork also translates to homework. 

More homework is not necessarily an example of rigor

revisiting our core values and mission
will want to look at transportation systemically since the late 90's
some of the traffic challenges around Horace Mann, Oak and the High School in particular
entering into negotiations with the FEA
exciting but a lot of work to be done

O'Malley - commend you for the overarching goal

Jewel - commend you on your planning, where are we 2-3 years from now, how do we educate parents?, parents are not used to thinking in the classroom right now; the classroom is different, how can we better facilitate kids helping kids? Many people think when we go to the new basis it is a down grade, it is not but we need to communicate that out better. I am in communication with other School Committees and they are not hearing what I hearing. Cross fertilization is the best way to get that done.

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