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Strategic Goal 1: Ensure a world-class education for all students by focusing on teaching and learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.

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OWNER CODES: OA=OA 

                        HR=HR  

                        DoPL=Director of Professional Learning 

                                EDoC&I=Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction 

DoAR&SA=Director of Assessment, Research, & School Accountability 

EDoSE&PS=Executive Director of Special Education & Psychological Services 

EDoSAA&A=Executive Director of Student Accountability, Assessment, & Advisement 

 

 

Objective

Type

Timing

Owner

Action Plan(s)

Funding Source

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Status

1.1 - To refine and revise the essential curriculum the AKS based on student achievement data and ongoing educator/community input to continuously improve the rigorous content and promotion of good work habits and traditional values.

Instruc-tional

 

Staff develop-ment for local schools is a compo-nent of this plan

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

1.1.1     Assessment Office and APOSA for StART will assure that timely and accurate information is available in the technology tools to provide program managers with needed information to identify areas to refine. Revised CRCT, ITBS 2000, revised Gateway, GHSGT, and EOCT will be focus of information to respond to and inform revision decisions based on the GPS roll out.

 

X X X

100%

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

1.1.2     Develop Benchmark Assessments for interested schools in LA and MA for grades 3-8 to assess the level of performance and inform instructional planning. Plan may extend to high school.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.1.3     Implement the American School Counselor's Association Model, which is aligned with GCPS mission and vision,  in order to facilitate counselor use of student data for program planning; thereby insuring student success.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.1.4     AKS databases will be updated to include all revisions including revised item banks and lesson plans.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

OA

1.1.5     Feedback from parents of Title I students, from focus groups and other communication sources, will be included in plans to improve student achievement in Title I schools including a plan for increasing the role of parents in student success. Parent Involvement centers will be encouraged in schools where they do not currently exist.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

OA

1.1.6     Counselors and student advisors provide lessons from standards and competencies or locally developed lessons to all students to support good work habits and traditional values.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

1.1.7     Program reviews will be conducted per instructional review cycle and for those subjects/grades scheduled for revised QCC adoption in ‘05-’06: Language Arts K-12 QCC revisions review Math grade 6 QCC revisions review Science grades 6, 7, 9-12 QCC revisions review Fine Arts K-12 review Foreign Language review and pilot Technical Education review

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.1.8     AVID pilot at Norcross High School to increase student participation in advanced coursework.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.1.9     Instructional standards for honors level courses will be developed and communicated.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

1.1.10  To lead and assist with the implementation of the Grayson High School Technical facilities, curriculum, and technology.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Ongoing staff develop-ment will be offered to streng-then the staffs’ ability to create a safe conducive climate for teaching and learning.

 

OA

1.1.11  To continue updating SDFS programming to meet the Principles of Effectiveness as outlined in the No Child Left Behind Law. All prevention and intervention efforts will be reviewed and updated following the approval of the SDFS advisory committee. Ongoing staff development will be offered to strengthen the staff’s ability to create a safe conducive climate for teaching and learning.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

1.2 - To build upon our growing understanding of the needs of diverse learners (cultural, linguistic, disabled, other), and what they need to succeed in learning the AKS, help teachers and administrators throughout the district understand those needs, and publicly lead the systemic implementation of best practices for addressing the learners' needs.

Instruc-tional

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoPL

1.2.1     Provide professional learning opportunities and data tools for analyzing student achievement data for local school administrators to focus student achievement improvement efforts.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

 

OA

 

1.2.2     To continue to provide professional development and programming to all schools on topics addressing the needs of diverse learners (cultural, socio-economic and behavioral diversity).

Provide the capability to develop and implement digital video teaching examples for use with AKS to complement available lesson plans and provide exemplary differentiated instructional strategies to assist classroom teachers with a variety of student learning needs, e.g. Adaptive and assistive technologies, exceptional learners, gifted and talented learners.

Communicate network capabilities with other divisions to assist in planning further implementation procedures.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoPL

1.2.3     Provide professional learning experiences to counselors at all school levels to help identify and remove barriers to academic performance, targeting the needs of diverse learners.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoPL

1.2.4     Provide professional learning experiences for counselors at all school levels to help identify and remove barriers to academic performance, targeting needs of diverse learners. Examples: New student programs, bullying program, suicide awareness, small group, classroom guidance, and individual counseling.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoPL

1.2.5     AP Potential software will be used to target students who would not traditionally engage in a rigorous curriculum based on demographics or previous course performance.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in

FY05/06

OA

DoPL

1.2.6     AP Vertical teams will be expanded to all clusters including teachers from grades 5-12 in the areas of mathematics and language arts. Social studies and science vertical teams will be developed in 3 or 4 clusters identified as needing the most improvement in those areas. Students to be targeted will include those historically underrepresented for inclusion in AP classes.

 

X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoPL

1.2.7     Recommendations of the Hispanic Outreach study will be evaluated and prioritized for implementation.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

 

OA

DoPL

1.2.8     Curriculum resources will be provided to support differentiation of instruction for diverse student needs.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

 

OA

DoPL

1.2.9     Additional year-long AKS lesson plans developed in at least one grade level.

 

 X

X

X

99%

 

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

DoPL

1.2.10  Additional model Target and Team Time plans provided in Lesson Plans database for grades 1-8 and high school.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

DoPL

1.2.11  ESOL-specific lesson plans will be developed and distributed in the Lesson Plans database.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

1.3 - To ensure that all positions in Gwinnett County Public Schools are filled with "highly qualified" employees.

System

FY05/06

HR

1.3.1     Develop criteria and processes for selecting highly qualified employees, including teachers, administrators and other instructional support positions.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

HR

1.3.2     Maintain a database of "highly qualified" applicants who are available for hiring.

 

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

HR

1.3.3     Establish a liaison contact with select Teacher preparation programs in Georgia.

 

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

HR

1.3.4     Increase the percentage of highly qualified teachers in GCPS.

 

X

X

Ongoing

1.4 - To implement a restructured school accountability program provided in the Results Based Evaluation System (RBES) which addresses local standards, world-class benchmarks, NCLB expectations, and timely data.

System

Staff develop-ment to local school leader-ship

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoAR&SA

1.4.1     Assessment Office will facilitate accurate dissemination of results to the Research and School Accountability Office and work with them to assure information regarding new or revised test administrations is aligned with accountability reporting.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Staff develop-ment to local school leader-ship

Begun in FY05/06

OA

DoAR&SA

1.4.2     Restructure annual RBES School Profiles and School Assessment reports to shift benchmark references from the state to the national level, to include state-defined measures of adequate yearly progress (AYP), and to publish reports within four months of the close of the school year.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Staff develop-ment to local school leader-ship

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

DoAR&SA

1.4.3     Design measures of school accountability for data quality and incorporate measures into RBES School Profiles and School Assessments.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Staff develop-ment to local school leader-ship

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

DoAR&SA

1.4.4     Publish RBES School Profiles and School Assessment Reports via Lotus Notes database.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Staff develop-ment to local school leader-ship

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

DoAR&SA

1.4.5     Extend the use of electronic and Internet-based data collection tools for the administration of annual parent, student and staff perception surveys.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Staff develop-ment to local school leader-ship

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

DoAR&SA

1.4.6     Improve RBES School Accountability Reports through the inclusion of AYP data and national-level performance benchmarks.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

1.5 - To support schools by revising and refining assessment procedures aligned with the state's revision of the QCC (Georgia Performance Standard) that will assure that students are provided targeted instructional support as they earn promotion from one grade level to another and that graduates are proficient on prescribed state and local achievement standards.

Instruc-tional

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.1     Participate in opportunities to provide input or learn information about any revision to Georgia Performance Standards so that schools are informed and any revisions can be made to AKS and AKS support materials, as well as local item banks.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.2     Provide timely data and learning opportunities for schools to analyze data on local, state and college preparatory assessments to inform instruction.

 

X

X

 X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.3     Provide early warning AYP indicators for schools so they can focus resources to increase probability of making AYP. Evaluate indicators to determine effectiveness.

 

X

X

 X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.4     Target financial and HR to all Title I schools, especially those on the Needs Improvement List for AYP based on effective best practices. Evaluate impact of strategies on improving school status.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.5     Continue support for the Early Intervention Program to determine appropriate delivery models, increase state FTE funding and improve student performance in the program.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.6     Continue support for schools electing to offer REP programs and improve student performance in REP classes.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.7     Produce and/or revise and enhance Title I, EIP and REP, Counseling Program manuals on-line so all schools will have operational information electronically and in a timely manner.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific staff develop-ment.

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.8     Evaluate and implement effective strategies for improving student achievement for all students in all subgroups through teacher professional learning opportunities in Title I schools, including sharing sessions for AKS/CIM and Workshops on Effective Instructional Strategies, guest speakers, seminars, and others as determined by need.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.9     Develop, evaluate and then implement effective strategies for including parents as supportive and effective partners in student learning improvement and schooling transitions.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.10  Develop and implement a plan to increase the role of the counselor as a member of the school team that identifies barriers to excellence in student achievement and aligns resources to eliminate the barriers.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.11  Evaluate the effectiveness of current models of student advisement at the high and middle school levels, share findings and provide professional learning experiences to enhance the use of the most effective practices.

 

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

Begun in FY05/06

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.5.12  Evaluate and revise student intervention programs such as after school Title sponsored programs, HS Gateway intervention and GHSGT intervention classes.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

1.6 - To facilitate the use of best instructional practices through implementation of instructional resources, core materials, assessment materials, and technology resources to support teachers in meeting the needs of all learners.

System

FY05/06

OA

EDoSE&PS

1.6.1     To respond to and proactively reduce technical problems associated with the use of IEP Online, provide technical support to local schools through: a) the Special Education Technology Coordinator and b) IEP Online Help Desk.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

OA

EDoSE&PS

1.6.2     To respond to and proactively reduce due process procedural errors, provide professional learning activities to special education teachers on both general due process procedures and the proper entry of information in the IEP Online program.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.6.3     AKS Resources (Indicators of Achievement, test correlations, be revised to reflect changes in AKS and/or incorporation of newly adopted materials. K-2 Science K-5 Language Arts

Provide capability for the use of computer based multimedia digital resources aligned with AKS, i.e., United Streaming as provided by the Georgia Department of Education

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

OA

EDoC&I

1.6.4     Research local, state and national instructional best practices and provide them to instructional leaders to inform improvement of instruction and professional learning, especially for all schools.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

1.7 - To provide standards-driven, results-based professional development that leads to improved student achievement.

System

Specific profes-sional learning plan

FY05/06

OA

EDoSAA&A

1.7.1     Needs-based professional learning experiences are provided to support QCC revision implementation.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.7.2     Facilitate and evaluate professional learning for Advisement program coordinators at middle and high schools based on identified needs from survey, assessment data, attendance, drop out, crisis, and discipline data

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

 

 

OA

EDoSAA&A

1.7.3     Provide and evaluate effectiveness of professional learning for leadership teams to analyze aggregated and disaggregated student assessment data.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

1.7.4     Provide professional learning experiences for parent center coordinators and other leadership staff to include parents as effective and supportive partners in student learning improvement and schooling transitions.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

1.7.5     Gateway professional learning is provided to assure teachers know performance standards measured on the Gateways.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

1.7.6     Development of a three year comprehensive professional learning plan using the Baldridge Criteria for Educational Excellence as a standard based on data/information obtained through: a. a professional learning needs assessment survey of special education teachers and general education teachers    b. findings of the Special Education Curriculum and Instruction Council regarding effective research based instructional practices.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

1.7.7     Professional Learning will be provided for all teachers for textbook adoptions K-2 Science K-5 Language Arts New Schools K-8 Health/PE New Schools 6-8 Language Arts

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

1.7.8     Facilitate effective professional learning opportunities for school counselors based on identified student needs of attendance, drop outs, crisis, counselor perceptions, and mission and vision of GCPS.

 

 X

X

X

100%

1.8 - To lead district continuous quality improvement efforts.

Parent/ Com-munity

FY05/06

OA

EDoSAA&A

1.8.1     Continue to improve data gathering techniques to effectively analyze and evaluate the Counseling and Advisement programs in local schools.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.8.2     Through the Special Education Program Evaluation process, gather input from general educators, special educators and parents in order to: a. continuously measure client satisfaction. b. obtain guidance from those groups in determining appropriate means for improving services to students with disabilities.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

1.8.3     Monitor and improve data presentation and analysis tools for local schools and administrative personnel.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.8.4     Monitor monthly Title I student data reports for All Title I Schools to ensure that data is accurate for required state reporting, Federal Compliance,  and other system needs.

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

 

 

OA

1.8.5     Design and implement an electronic handbook for all school levels for counselors and all levels of test coordinators to provide on-going information updates and resources.

 

 X

X

X

100%

Current Fiscal Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.9 - To provide results-driven, standards-based, and job embedded professional learning that leads to improved student achievement.

System

Specific profes-sional learning plan

FY2006

OA

DoPL

1.9.1     Professional development opportunities and/or resources will be provided to all teachers in grade levels/subject areas for 05-06 GPS adoption:  Language Arts K-12; Math grade 6; Science 6, 7, 9-12

 

 X

X

X

100%

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.2     Professional development opportunities and/or resources will be developed for all teachers in grade levels/subject areas for 06-07 GPS adoption:  Math K-2, 7; Science 3-5

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.3     Professional development will be provided to all teachers in grade levels/subject areas implementing new core materials for 05-06:  Language Arts 6-12; Health K-8; Foreign Language 6-12

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.4     Professional development will be planned for all teachers in grade levels/subject areas implementing new core materials for 06-07:  Fine Arts K-12; Tech Ed, Comp Science, Apprenticeship 6-12

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.5     Professional development in all curriculum subjects and areas will imbed research-based effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.6     Ongoing professional development will support use of the AKS-CQI model in all schools.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.7     Professional development opportunities will be provided to high school honors teachers addressing new suggested Honors Course guidelines in each applicable subject area.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 

Specific profes-sional learning plan

 

OA

DoPL

1.9.8     Ongoing professional development and programming will be provided to all schools on topics addressing the needs of diverse learners (cultural, socio-economic and behavioral diversity) and conflict resolution through the Safe and Drug Free Schools services.

 

 X

X

X

Ongoing

 


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