STRATEGIC INITIATIVE I

ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT AND

PERSONALIZED LEARNING

The Jamestown Public School District prioritizes 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking to support our students to meet or exceed individual learning goals towards the achievement of district standards and benchmarks for academic proficiency in all content areas. We believe in the standard of learning for all and making learning engaging and relevant for all students.

Goal 1:  Standards-Based Education
The Jamestown Public School District will use a standards-based education model to deliver the curriculum adapted to meet North Dakota State Standards. Standards-based instruction provides educators an ongoing collaborative process to proactively plan instruction, interventions, and enhancements that will result in an improvement to student learning.
Objectives
  1. Develop a dynamic and articulated K-12 curriculum that prioritizes both horizontal and vertical alignment.
  2. Unpack district priority standards with instructional staff to define grade level priority standards and essential learnings.
  3. Monitor curriculum implementation to ensure consistency across and between grade levels.
  4. Utilize Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with a focus on the Four Essential Questions
    1. What do we expect our students to learn?
    2. How will we know they are learning?
    3. How will we respond when they don't learn?
    4. How will we respond when they already know it?
  5. Establish and maintain a curriculum review cycle, which ties to budget priorities.
Progress Monitoring
  1. K-12 standards will be reviewed and aligned with the curriculum by the end of the 2020/2021 school year.
  2. Develop a phased approach to training for Professional Learning Communities from 2019/2020 School Year through 2020/2021 School Year.
  3. Create a district-wide system to monitor the progress of effective use of PLCs and adherence to the Four Essential Questions by the 2020/2021 School Year.
  4. Continue ongoing collaborative meetings across grade levels to support horizontal and vertical articulation and standard alignment.
  5. Create a needs assessment for all staff to determine the highest curriculum needs.
  6. Revise tentative curriculum review cycle by August 2020.
Goal 2:  21st Century Readiness
The Jamestown Public School District will prepare our students for 21st Century Readiness by integrating strategies such as Project Based Learning (PBL), STEM Education Strategies, coding, robotics, and maker spaces and develop pathways to align with 21st Century workforce needs. These strategies reinforce the academic, social and metacognitive skills we want all students to master. Combining these strategies and tools when used with a standards-based focus yields the relevancy, engagement, and preparedness for an evolving workforce that we want for all students.
Objectives
  1. Develop and implement an action plan for all stakeholders to increase shared understanding of the compelling reasons and pathways for enhancing 21st Century readiness.
  2. Provide professional learning, to ensure that challenging learning experiences are embedded in all courses.
  3. Provide professional learning in developing success skills and mindsets within deeper and challenging learning experiences across the district.
  4. Explore ways to enhance relevance by connecting our challenging learning experiences to community resources and opportunities.
  5. Establish partnerships and relationships with non-profits and area businesses to support student success in academics and activities.
  6. Increase the integration of technology as a learning tool for students and staff.
Progress Monitoring
  1. The adoption of an action plan will be in place by the end of the 2020/2021 school year.
  2. An annual staff survey will be established in 2019/2020 to monitor progress in staff understanding of the skills and mindsets needed to support challenging learning experiences.
  3. Establish a professional development schedule based on the staff needs assessment in the district-wide implementation of 21st Century readiness.
  4. Each grade level/department will establish, at minimum, one community partner to support education by the 2022/2023 School Year.
Goal 3: Marzano Teacher and Leader Evaluation Framework
The Jamestown Public School District will utilize the Marzano Teacher Evaluation System to target effective engagement strategies. We will build capacity for high-quality instruction that supports literacy in all academic areas and improves pedagogy across the K-12 grade levels. We support best practices in planning, encourage growth through reflecting on teaching, and support each other with high expectations for collegiality and professionalism. We believe in professional growth at all levels making this framework prominent and transparent when aligning professional learning and what is expected in teaching practices.
 
Objectives
  1. The Southeast Educational Cooperative (SEEC) and Solution Tree activities will be targeted to enhance the ability of principals and teachers to analyze best instructional practices, provide high-quality, actionable feedback to strengthen growth and to build capacity in pedagogical best practices that will extend beyond the life of the grant.
  2. Provide relevant professional development based on areas of greatest need in instructional development based on the Marzano Teacher and Leader Evaluation Framework.
Progress Monitoring
  1. Provide annual professional development to support areas of greatest need in instructional development based on the Marzano Teacher and Leader Evaluation Framework.
Goal 4: Striving Readers Grant Implementation
The Jamestown Public School District will work with stakeholders from the district, early childhood partners, Literacy Coalition and the designated Literacy Coordinator to implement the action plans and activities for the Striving Readers grant. The Literacy Coalition may make recommendations with grant activities and with the approval of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI). Professional learning opportunities will be provided by partnering with outside agencies for stakeholders at all levels.
 
Objectives
  1. The Literacy Coordinator will work in collaboration with early childhood partners to implement the activities within the action plans from the birth to age 5, including Pre-K Reading Corps, NDKRead, and Literacy Day Camps.
  2. The Literacy Coordinator will work in collaboration with school personnel to implement the activities within the action plans for Grades K-12, which include the enhancement of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and improvements of core instruction through evidence-based practices and the implementation of assessments that will assist in achieving desired outcomes.
Progress Monitoring
  1.  The Literacy Coalition will meet quarterly to review the implementation plan for the Striving Readers grant.
  2. Site visits from ND DPI will be conducted twice per year by the North Dakota Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (NDSRCL) Grant Coordinator and Assistant Director of Academic Support on the progression of implementation of grant activities.
  3. The Literacy Coalition will report annually to the Jamestown School Board.