School Innovation & Improvement Plan

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At A Glance

  • 2021-2022
  • Timber Lane Elementary School
  • Region 2
  • Benjamin Chiet, Principal

End of the Year Reading SMARTR Outcome

By the end of the 2021-2022 school year, 90% of students will make at least a year’s worth of growth as measured by DRA.

Strategy 1

We will implement a high-quality reading workshop model that takes into account where each student is as a reader while also considering essential standards.

Actions for this Strategy: 

  • We will ensure workshop structure is consistent across grade-levels by providing schoolwide professional learning opportunities and clear expectations.
  • We will analyze common formative assessment data at each grade level on a regular basis in CLTs to inform Tier 1 instruction, small group, and 1-on-1 instruction.
  • We will intentionally plan CLT agendas to ensure collaboration among classroom teachers, ESOL, SPED, interventionists, and mental health team members.

Strategy 2

We will plan for and implement targeted small group instruction with fidelity.

Actions for this Strategy:

  • We will use common assessment data to form groups and create instructional goals.
  • We will collaborate during CLT meetings to flexibly group within the grade level, as needed.
  • We will design lessons that are purposeful and differentiated for each group (guided reading, strategy groups, conferences, & book clubs).
  • Targeted professional development in small group reading instruction and text bands will be provided throughout the school year. 

Strategy 3

We will design opportunities for our students to reflect on and celebrate their growth as readers.

Actions for this Strategy: 

  • We will hold goal setting conferences with our students throughout the year.
  • We will collaborate with the student’s families to ensure that the student’s reading goal is reinforced and supported outside of school.
  • We will hold classwide and schoolwide reading celebrations on a quarterly basis.

 

End of the Year Math SMARTR Outcome

By the end of 2022, all students will make growth in the areas of “parameters of number choice,” sophistication of strategy use, and/or justifying thinking within number sense or computation standards identified by each grade level. Growth will be measured by eliciting evidence of student thinking on a 1-on-1 interview style assessment adapted from AVMR diagnostics.

Strategy 1

We will implement a high-quality math workshop model that takes into account where each student is as a mathematician and problem-solver while also considering essential standards.

Actions for this Strategy: 

  • We will ensure workshop structure is consistent across grade-levels by providing schoolwide professional learning opportunities and clear expectations (including summer PD days and after school Math Workshop course).
  • We will analyze common formative assessment data  at each grade level on a regular basis in CLTs to inform Tier 1 instruction, small group, and 1-on-1 instruction.
  • We will intentionally plan CLT agendas to ensure collaboration among classroom teachers, ESOL, SPED, interventionists, and mental health team members.

Strategy 2

We will plan for and implement differentiated small group instruction.

Actions for this Strategy:

  • We will use common assessment data to form groups and create instructional goals.
  • We will collaborate during CLT meetings to discuss where we might elicit evidence of student thinking and how to respond to where students are along a continuum using strategy ladders/progression charts.
  • Targeted professional development in small group math instruction and learning progressions will be provided throughout the school year.

Strategy 3

We will build a community of mathematicians that prioritizes student discourse around strategies and justification of thinking.

Actions for this Strategy: 

  • We will provide opportunities for students to notice, wonder, exchange mathematical thinking or rationale, and pose their own questions during Math Workshop through purposeful learning stations, number sense routines, tasks, and guided math.
  • We will plan for and use purposeful partnerships and groupings for conversations. 
  • We will infuse Talk Moves into classroom conversations including, but not limited to: Wait Time, Turn & Talk, Repeating, Paraphrasing, and Sentence Frames.

 

End of the Year Access to Rigor SMARTR Outcome

By the end of 2022, we will increase the percentage of students identified as Young Scholars from 8% to 13% (from 37 total to 60 total across grades 1-6).

Strategy 1

We will build staff capacity around knowledge of the AAP program with a focus on the identification process and giftedness look-fors.

Actions for this Strategy: 

  • Our AART will provide optional after school specials to give an AAP overview to build an understanding of how we support student growth and designation for the various AAP levels.
  • We will provide initial training for new teachers on GBRS with a focus on different ways in which gifted behaviors manifest.
  • We will facilitate meetings that involve the complete teams of teachers who support students in our referral/GBRS processes (ESOL, SPED, and classroom teachers have collaborative conversations).
  • We will work with the ESOL Office in conjunction with the AAP Office to build ESOL and classroom teachers’ capacity to support greater advocacy for ESOL students within the AAP process.

Strategy 2

We will build staff capacity around knowledge of the AAP program with a focus on Critical and Creative Thinking strategies to ensure wider access to the AAP curriculum for all students.

Actions for this Strategy:

  • We will communicate why and how access to AAP curriculum is useful for our students through CLTs, staff meetings, and after-school specials.
  • We will encourage staff to attend a Young Scholars, Intro to AAP, or other AAP academy class within the next 3 years.
  • The AART will model, co-teach, and take data with teachers in a monthly AAP lesson that connects with the grade level curriculum.
  • The AART will attend and support teams in CLT to enrich and extend grade level curriculum.

Strategy 3

We will provide a variety of information sessions and workshops for families of underrepresented groups to provide the opportunity to engage more fully in the AAP program and process.

Actions for this Strategy: 

  • We will provide outreach to families in various languages to provide single-language Parent Education Nights to inform parents of AAP opportunities, share the identification process and how they can advocate for their child to receive AAP services.
  • We will offer weekly AART Office Hours weekly during the application window in conjunction with interpreters and our Parent Liaison to support parents with AAP paperwork and processes.
  • We will conduct mid-year meetings with families of our Young Scholars to help build a greater understanding of students’ progress and abilities