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School Improvement Plan

GOAL #1 - Social Emotional Learning and Equity

Year 2 (2021-2022)

Theory of action 

The Theory of Action explains the rationale behind the strategic priorities, i.e. how the strategies will move the district forward 

IF we create an academic and social culture that advances and embraces social emotional learning, equity and diversity THEN all students will have greater opportunities to learn and apply the skills necessary to understand and accept others in every day interactions as they learn and grow.

Actions

Actions are the specific activities to be undertaken in each year to progress the key improvement strategies. There may be more than one action for each strategy. Schools will choose to describe actions with different levels of detail.

  • Examine data from Bias Survey

  • Re-establish Student Advisory Group and ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Peer Groups where leaders facilitate lessons that foster positive peer influence to promote greater social responsibility and a more inclusive and respectful school community.

  • Increase and improve our mechanisms for reporting incidents of bias or discrimination.

  • Create Mental Health Literacy course for grades 7 and 8 students

  • Work with Director of Social Emotional Learning to conduct a needs assessment to take stock of SEL programming

  • Assemble a Social Emotional Learning Team

Measurable Success Criteria

Success criteria are markers of success. They are useful in demonstrating whether the strategies and actions have been successful. Success criteria often reflect observable changes in practice or behavior. To simplify and focus the school’s monitoring of progress, only a limited number of success criteria should be set.

  • Implement specific improvements and recommendations from bias survey

  • Ensure that students are socially, emotionally and academically prepared for the year.

  • School culture will show marked improvement as measured by annual student and staff survey

  • Students access and utilize the Bias Incident and Reporting Form 

  • Students instructed in importance of mental health and and provided resources

  • Utilize information from needs assessment to establish SEL action plan for establishing schoolwide Social Emotional Literacy

  • SEL Team owns and sets the course for awareness of, commitment to schoolwide implementation of SEL goals

 

GOAL #2 - Curriculum and Instruction

Year 1 (2021-2022)

Theory of action 

The Theory of Action explains the rationale behind the strategic priorities, i.e. how the strategies will move the district forward.

IF we develop and enact a school-wide model for student engagement THEN students will feel a greater connection to and investment in academics, classrooms, and our school.

Actions

Actions are the specific activities to be undertaken in each year to progress the key improvement strategies.  There may be more than one action for each strategy. Schools will choose to describe actions with different levels of detail.

  • Review the curricula and make recommendations that ensure representation of the histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds.

  • Continued development and establishment of grade 8 Civics Project

  • Establish Data Steering Team that includes member across disciplines and grade levels

  • Utilize data from STAR Reading and Math assessments to increase teachers’ use of data to drive instruction during professional learning community and professional learning time

  • Conduct a review of grades 6-8 ELA curriculum to ensure alignment with Massachusetts State Frameworks

Measurable Success Criteria

Success criteria are markers of success. They are useful in demonstrating whether the strategies and actions have been successful. Success criteria often reflect observable changes in practice or behavior. To simplify and focus the school’s monitoring of progress, only a limited number of success criteria should be set.

  • Planned and taught curriculum include culturally responsive practices and materials

  • Students consider differing points of view, make logical arguments and support claims using valid evidence
  • Data Team identifies and makes recommendations on a school-wide, learner-centered problem of practice
  • Data Team establishes data protocols to be employed in all Professional Learning Communities
  •  Articulation, alignment and integration of curriculum and learning outcomes

GOAL #3 - Growth

Year 3 (2021-2022)

Theory of action 

The Theory of Action explains the rationale behind the strategic priorities, i.e. how the strategies will move the district forward.

IF our building, personnel, and programmatic needs are responsive to enrollment growth and student needs, THEN we will ensure a positive and productive learning environment for students and staff.

Actions

Actions are the specific activities to be undertaken in each year to progress the key improvement strategies. There may be more than one action for each strategy. Schools will choose to describe actions with different levels of detail.

  • Create a Building Task Force to examine enrollment for 2022-2023 and beyond, making specific recommendations regarding staffing, classroom spaces, cafeteria, hallways, lockers, and student needs.

Measurable Success Criteria

Success criteria are markers of success. They are useful in demonstrating whether the strategies and actions have been successful. Success criteria often reflect observable changes in practice or behavior. To simplify and focus the school’s monitoring of progress, only a limited number of success criteria should be set.

  • Staffing in the 2021-2022 school year meets both enrollment needs and the unique needs of our student population.

  • Spaces within HMS meet the needs of our students