Strategic Plan 2015-16

District 67 Strategic Plan Update


The District 67 Strategic Plan Update contains the following color codes:

  • Green: complete
  • Yellow: still in progress
  • Red: little to no progress made

ACHIEVEMENT – District 67 is nationally recognized for achieving significant academic, social, and emotional growth for every student.

Develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum to ensure that all students have access to and master essential content and skills.

Action Steps

  • Provide time and training for course/grade level teams to document 100% of the district courses in Rubicon Atlas.
    • Metric: 100% of the district courses will be in Rubicon Atlas by September 2016.
    • Metric: Establish district-wide metrics for student academic achievement.
    • Metric: 100% of students will demonstrate growth on fall to spring MAP achievement in reading and math.
    • Metric:  Establish baseline district reading achievement data using Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment.
Provide ongoing, job-embedded professional development to all staff members in the areas directly tied to the curriculum.

Action Steps

  • Provide professional development for teachers in grades 2-8 on how to utilize NWEA MAP data to inform instruction.
    • Metric: Teachers and administrators transitioned to web-based NWEA MAP tests.  They are learning how to utilize new reporting features.
  • Hire and train MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) Coordinators in each building to approach data analysis comprehensively; create a system to ensure we are looking at data for ALL students in ALL buildings. 
  • Provide District-wide Professional Development on Foundations Program.
Conduct and analyze annual survey results to measure student social/emotional sense of well-being.

Action Steps

  • Administer Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) to students and staff to establish trend lines.
    • Metric: First CSCI administration was completed in 2014-2015. Survey results are posted here.
    • Metric: CSCI completed in February 2016.
  • Research and reach decision on data collection program.

INSTRUCTION – Instruction is highly differentiated and inquiry-based, driven by students’ needs, interests, and passions.

 
Develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum to ensure that all students have access to and master essential content and skills.

Action Steps

  • Provide time and training for course/grade level teams to document 100% of the district courses in Rubicon Atlas.
    • Metric: 100% of the district courses will be in Atlas Rubicon by September, 2016.
Develop a reading and writing workshop model that ensures teachers design instruction that meets students’ unique learning needs.

Action Steps

  • Provide professional development around writing workshop for all ELA teachers grades K-8.
    • Metric: 100% of ELA teachers grades K-8 will use the workshop model by the end of the 2016 school year.
    • Metric: Provide professional development on writing workshop for all ELA teachers grades K-8.
      • Summer curriculum PD, summer 2015:
        • K-2 Workshop, July 22-23, 25 participants
        • 3-4 Workshop, July 15-16, 15 participants
        • 5-8 Workshop, July 20-21, 8 participants
      • The Teachers College Reading & Writing Workshop, Columbia University:
        • Writing Workshop, June 22-26, 4 D67 lead learners
        • Writing Workshop, August 3-7, 2 D67 lead learners
        • Reading Workshop, August 10-14, 2 D67 lead learners
  • Provide professional development around Habits of Mind.
Design and implement inquiry-based units of study across all disciplines and grade levels that serve as the basis for differentiated instruction and student innovation.

Action Steps

  • Design and implement inquiry-based units as part of the Inspiration Block; complete second year of the Inquiry Block at Cherokee.
    • Metric: Completed, designed, and implemented inquiry-based units as part of the Inspiration Block.
      • Planning continued summer 2015:
        • Grade 2, July 9-10
        • Grade 3, July 14 and August 17
        • Mandarin Inspiration Planning, July
  • Determine the appropriate means for organic evolution of similar learning experiences at Everett and Sheridan.
    • Metric: Present Inquiry plan for Sheridan and Everett and share with Board at the December Board meeting.
      • Presentation to Board of Education - March 2016
    • Metric: Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) implemented at Deer Path Middle School.

ASSESSMENT – Multidimensional assessments are used to identify and measure holistic growth for every student.

Develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum to ensure that all students have access to and master essential content and skills.

Action Steps

  • Provide time and training for course/grade level teams to document 100% of the district courses in Rubicon Atlas.
    • Metric: Provide time and training for course/grade level teams to document 100% of the district courses in Rubicon Atlas.
Create common assessments in reading, writing, and math across all grade levels to ensure consistent access to and mastery of rigorous content and skills.

Action Steps

  •  Benchmark all K-2 students using Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmark Assessment Tool F&P Text Level Gradient™.
    • Metric: Establish baseline reading achievement using Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment
Document formative and summative assessments in Rubicon Atlas across all disciplines to ensure a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of essential content and skills.

Action Steps

  •  Provide professional development around formative and summative assessment.
Integrate student growth into teacher evaluations in a meaningful and positive manner, both in accordance with the Illinois law and aligned with the District’s vision of student achievement and teacher growth by September 2016.

Action Steps

  • Volunteer teachers pilot growth assessments across grade levels.
    • Metric: New Evaluation Plan that incorporates student growth data.
  • Determine how we’ll measure growth in 2016-17 and beyond.
    • Metric: Determine and collect baseline data on student growth measures.

TALENT – The District attracts and retains the highest-quality talent who are exemplars in the field of learning, investing in continuous development which is timely, meaningful, and job embedded.

Provide high quality, ongoing professional development opportunities in an effort to enhance the talent of staff members and foster continuous improvement.

Action Steps

  • Increase number of Academy courses that are connected to District milestones.
Refine and strengthen our mentor program to ensure we develop, support, and retain new staff who  perform successfully in the classroom.

Action Steps

  • Improve mentoring program by adding and continually refining timely, job-embedded professional development. 
    • Metric: Improved mentoring program by adding and continually refining timely, job-embedded professional development.

Develop strong partnerships with universities that have well-respected teacher preparation programs in order to connect with talented new educators.

Action Steps

  • Expand hiring network using social media and direct contact with a wide range of universities.
  • Continue offering an onsite master’s degree program from one of our partner universities.
    • Metric: Partnering with National Louis University to bring a Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Masters Program to Lake Forest.
  • Meet with representatives from Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, and National Louis University.
Time is provided for adults to collaborate, co-plan and for professional learning and is highly valued by all stakeholders.

Action Steps

  • Use professional collaboration time gained with new DPM schedule.
    • Metric: Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) implemented at DPM.
  • Create a Professional Learning Opportunity (PLO) for adults at DPM.
  • Provide ample time for learning opportunities for the workshop model and implementation of new math courses.

PARTNERSHIP – Effective, transparent, and proactive communication fosters a high trust partnership among the Board, faculty, staff, parents, and community.

Communicate and promote Mission/Vision/Milestones to all stakeholders through a variety of communication vehicles to enhance community awareness of progress and new initiatives.

Action Steps

  • Coordinate and produce written communication (1-way - Constant Contact, newsletters, website) to communicate Mission/Vision/Milestones and district/school initiatives.
    • Metric: Weekly newsletters, up-to-date website, community newsletters, press releases/information, etc. (View Communication Metrics.)
  • Produce and distribute community newsletter to reach broader community.
  • Conduct large-scale review/revision of the Strategic Plan with community stakeholders.
FURTHER THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO EXTEND COMMUNICATION REACH AND TRANSPARENCY.

Action Steps

Implement use of surveys and engagement opportunities to obtain feedback from constituents regarding school culture and climate and various school initiatives.

Action Steps

  • Coordinate stakeholder meetings/communication (2-way - APT, Foundation, Community Groups) to receive input regarding district/school initiatives
    • Metric: APT (Executive and Buildings), Spirit of 67 Foundation, District 67 APT Board Liaisons, Principals meetings, topic specific forums, etc.
    • Metric: Community Open House.
  • Communicate follow up/action steps resulting from Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) to all stakeholders and use results to determine action steps.
Support administration, departments, schools, and school organizations in communication efforts to serve as a resource and ensure accurate, timely, and transparent communication.

Action Steps

 

Foster media relationships to ensure accurate and balanced coverage of District information.

Action Steps

  • Work with area media to share school information with the broader community.
    • Metric: Press releases and feature news stories are sent to and coordinated with Lake Forester/Tribune, Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch, Lake Forest Leader, Northshore Magazine, Daily North Shore, and Chicago Tribune, etc.

ENVIRONMENT – Reimagined learning spaces, places, time, tools, and technology are used inside and outside the classroom to enhance the learning experience for all students.

A LEARNING SPACES COMMITTEE AND SCHOOL LEADERS WILL RESEARCH AND DEVELOP MODEL CLASSROOM SPACES AND BEST PRACTICES OF CLASSROOM DESIGN.

Action Steps

  • Transforming Learning Spaces team creates three-to-five year plan for model classroom spaces and ideas.
  • Plan for Haskins Improvement Spirit Grant for execution in summer of 2016.
RESEARCH AND EVOLVE THE DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATION, AND PARENTS.

Action Steps

 

INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY THAT SUPPORTS THE DISTRICT CURRICULUM.

Action Steps

  • Implement SMARTlab at DPM-East as a STEM focused related arts class for all 5th and 6th grade students.
  • Provide 1:1 access to technology for 2nd and 3rd grade students with a cart of Chromebooks in each classroom.
  • Partner with local businesses, community members, and organizations to enhance learning experiences for students.
  • Research and trial tablet devices for possibility of future 1:1 access for students in grades K-1.
  • Develop a plan to provide inquiry learning experiences at all elementary buildings.
  • Create Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) experience for Deer Path students.
  • Implement “Maker” experiences for students at all schools.  
IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXTEND LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM WALLS.

Action Steps

  • Provide grade-level experiences that extend learning beyond the classroom walls.
    • Metric: Grade-level experiences that extend learning beyond the classroom walls.
      • Baseline:
        • Culture Fair (6th grade)
        • Open Lands Field Trips (K, 1, 2, 4)
        • Day of Service (8th grade)
        • Additional Field Trips
        • 2014-2015:
          • All of those from “baseline”
          • Veterans’ Day Assembly - Everett School (K-4)
          • Teamwork Unit - Cherokee Inquiry Block (4th grade)
          • Skype calls (2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th, grade, 6th grade)
          • Hour of Code (K-8)
          • STEM Fair (5th grade)
          • Space Unit (7th grade)
        • 2015-2016: (thus far)
          • Continue experiences from 2014-2015
          • Google Expeditions experience at Deer Path
          • Empower Hour at Sheridan
          • Exploration Day at Sheridan
          • ELO courses at Deer Path
          • Lightbulb Lab and Maker experiences at Sheridan
          • Cardboard Carnival - Cherokee 4th grade
INCREASED FLEXIBILITY WITH LEARNING SPACES, GRADE LEVEL GROUPING, AND SCHEDULES.

Action Steps

  • Implement new DPM schedule.
    • Metric: new schedule was implemented in the 2015-16 school year.
  • Implement Smartlabs at DPM-West and DPM-East to offer students an exploratory and dynamic stem curriculum.
    • Metric: Number of students with access to SmartLab at DPM.
        • 2014-2015: all 7th/8th.
        • 2015-2016: all 5th-8th (installation of DPM-East lab, June 2015).
    • Metric: Redesign spaces in each building to foster collaboration and creativity.
      • Number of redesigned student learning spaces in each building and number of students utilizing each space.
        • Baseline (2013-2014): The Cube, DPM-East (5th/6th).
          • 2015-2016:
          • Remodel of Haskins Library with Spirit of 67 funds (7th/8th).
          • Implementation of Inspiration Zone at CH ( K-4).
EXECUTE LIFE-SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS.

Action Steps

  • Execute first year of life-safety improvement plan.
  • Completion of five-year facility improvement plan on schedule.