• Student Growth & Achievement, Staff Development, Pupil Services, and Educational Technology

    Use a variety of resources to construct meaningful differentiated learning opportunities for all students and staff that result in increased student growth and achievement.

    Strategic Objective #1:

    Articulate the continuum of supports available and implemented at each building level, that meet the needs of our learners through a focus on the “whole child” concept by end of 3rd quarter 2017.

    Strategies:

    • Develop and complete a master inventory list for each building that identifies supports for our students organized as follows:  curricular, mental health, drug and alcohol, health services, academic, social/emotional, parental support, school counseling, peer support, ESL, Special Education, Gifted, transition services, and community resources by end of 4th quarter 2016.
    • A representative committee will develop a district rubric for analyzing the effectiveness of supports currently in place and a working definition of the “whole child” concept by end of 4th quarter 2016.
    • Form building committees to analyze the effectiveness of the current supports in grades K-12.  Determine which supports are needed in addition to the current list and which could be eliminated based on the “whole child” concept by end of 1st quarter 2017.
    • The District’s administrative team will analyze and finalize all building reviewed inventory lists based on feedback from each building by end of 2nd quarter 2017.
    • Communicate the resulting list of supports available to families and community members by end of 3rd quarter 2017.

    Success Indicator:

    • The District will communicate a master list of supports available for our students in grades K-12. 

    Responsible Individuals:

    • Director of Pupil Services
    • Building Administrators
    • Building Committees/Professional Staff
    • Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment
    • Assistant to the Superintendent for Personnel
    • Coordinator of School and Community Information
    • Coordinator of Professional Development

    Strategic Objective #2:

    Plan and provide targeted Professional Development (PD) to enhance student growth and achievement by end of 2nd quarter 2018 and annually thereafter. 

    Strategies:

    • Using current student growth and achievement data, the District’s administrative team will develop and conduct a professional development needs assessment correlated to student performance and establish growth targets on an annual basis by end of 2nd quarter 2017.  
    • Through collaborative input, create a professional development plan that is differentiated and includes creative use of time and delivery on an annual basis by end of 2nd quarter 2017.
    • The professional development coordinator will establish the professional development calendar and communicate the PD plan and objectives on an annual basis by end of 3rd quarter 2017.
    • Provide established professional development opportunities on an annual basis, including provisions for training new hires, by end of 2nd quarter 2018.

    Success Indicators:

    • The District will disseminate the Professional Development calendar and plan on an annual basis.  The professional development opportunities provided will reflect those outlined in the Professional Development plan, constructive feedback from staff and positive student growth and achievement using various measures.

    Responsible Individuals:

    • Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment
    • Building Administrators
    • Director of Pupil Services
    • Assistant to the Superintendent for Personnel
    • Coordinator of School and Community Information
    • Coordinator of Professional Development
    • Curriculum Council
    • Act 48 Committee

    Strategic Objective #3:

    Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners by end of 3rd quarter 2019.

     
    Strategies:

    • Based on research, the district’s administrative team will develop a working definition of Methacton School District’s expectations for differentiating instruction and share this with Curriculum Council to garner feedback from these stakeholders by end of 4th quarter 2018.  
    • Provide professional development opportunities as outlined in the PD plan by end of 2nd quarter 2019 specific to:
      • Differentiated Instruction
      • Inclusive Practices
      • Use of formative and summative assessment data to guide instruction
    • Teachers’ daily written lesson plans will include differentiation strategies by end of 2nd quarter 2019.

    Success Indicators:

    • The professional development opportunities provided will focus on differentiated instruction, inclusive practices, and use of assessment data. 
    • Administrators’ observations will confirm the regular use of differentiated instruction in all classrooms.
    • The District’s Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) percentage will reflect a positive change from baseline data as a result of inclusive practices. 

    Responsible Individuals:

    • Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • Building Administrators
    • Director of Pupil Services
    • Assistant to the Superintendent for Personnel
    • Curriculum Council 
    • Coordinator of Professional Development

    Strategic Objective #4:

    Equip students with technological skills and tools to effectively communicate, collaborate, and think critically and creatively by end of 3rd quarter 2020. 

    Strategies:

    • Use Brite Bytes baseline data to identify students’ strengths and needs related to communication, collaboration, thinking critically and creatively by end of 1st quarter 2016.   
    • Technology integrators and department/subject area coordinators will identify and review the district’s K-12 scope and sequence of technology skills for additions and revisions by end of 2nd quarter 2017.   
    • Identify current STEM-related learning opportunities being provided at each level by end of 2nd quarter 2017, by:
      • Reviewing curriculum 
      • Gathering data from school-based activities
      • Examining co-curricular/club activities
    • Using the data above, map out what additional opportunities are needed to further support STEM-based learning for staff and students by end of 1st quarter 2018.
    • Establish a plan for the acquisition of the resources needed to promote the identified opportunities by end of 2nd quarter 2018.
    • Acquire the resources needed to implement additional STEM-based learning opportunities by end of 2nd quarter 2019. 

    Success Indicators:

    • Results from the pre and post Brite Bytes results.
    • Updated Scope and Sequence of K-12 Technology Skills
    • A district report outlining current STEM-based learning opportunities
    • An executive summary of the additional STEM-based learning opportunities and identified resources
    • Partnerships, grants, and/or purchase orders to secure required resources
    • District will report growth in student participation in STEM based learning opportunities.

    Responsible Individuals:

    • Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
    • Director of Technology
    • Building Principals
    • Coordinator of School and Community Information
    • Coordinator of Professional Development
    • Technology Integrators
    • Department and Subject Area Coordinators
    • Director of Business Services