Quarterly Review February 2015

 

Dear Madison Community,

We are excited to present our second quarterly review of progress for the 2014-15 school year.

Our vision as a district is that every school will be a thriving school that prepares every student for college, career and community. Across the district, our team has been incredibly focused on bringing this vision to life.

Our strategy, as captured in our strategic framework, is aimed at eliminating the gaps in opportunity that lead to disparities in achievement. We want to be a model public school district, one that demonstrates what it looks like to serve all students and families well. We believe that our public schools are key to our community’s success.

As a district, we conduct a deep review of progress once a quarter and report on our progress publicly. This process provides a space for us – school based leadership teams, central office, Board of Education and community – to examine both implementation and outcomes, to identify strengths and challenges, to collaboratively problem solve and make adjustments where needed. We are very excited about the progress that we’ve made since our first quarter review.

As you review our progress in this second quarter, I hope you’ll keep in mind the three core values that we believe are crucial to our success:

  • Sustained Focus: We must be incredibly focused on the day to day work of teaching and learning.
  • Schools at the Center: Teachers, principals and their communities know their students best and have the will and skill to be successful.
  • Excellence and Equity: We must hold all students and educators to high expectations and provide the support they need to succeed.

Thank you for taking the time to review our progress.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cheatham
Superintendent

 

Read the February 2015 Quarterly Review

Read the November 2014 Quarterly Review

Read the March 2014 Quarterly Review

Read the December 2013 Quarterly Review

Read the MMSD Strategic Framework

Progress on Priority Area Next Steps as of November 24, 2014

Priority Area 1: Coherent Instruction
Priority Area 2: Personalized Pathways
Priority Area 3: Family Engagement & Community Partnerships
Priority Area 4: Thriving Workforce
Priority Area 5: Accountability
Tech Plan Status

Color Key for Progress on Launch Steps

Priority Area 1: Coherent instruction

Provide every student with well-rounded, culturally responsive and coherent instruction that leads to college, career and community readiness.

Develop, implement and revise model Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned units of instruction with authentic performance tasks for each grade level.

On track

Implement CCSS aligned English/Language Arts Scope and Sequence documents with core materials, model units of instruction and performance tasks aligned by quarter.

On track

Develop and utilize a CCSS implementation tool to inform and adjust the district’s 3-Year CCSS Plan.

On track

Implement Board-approved policies for English Language Learners and Advanced Learners and begin implementation of recommendations from the special education review.

On track

Complete Dual Language Feasibility Study  and begin to implement recommendations.

Status update: A comprehensive Dual Language Immersion plan will be brought to the board in March. The plan is the first step in a district-wide, long-term plan for English Language Learners.

Caution

Provide ongoing professional development for schools and develop tools to gather data and analyze implementation of the Behavior Education Plan and Social and Emotional Learning Standards.

Status update: Learn more about the second quarter review of the behavior education plan here.

On track

Begin Capacity Building Phase of Any Given Child program through the launch of the Arts Liaison Network in schools, defining “arts rich” schools and presenting arts integration professional learning opportunities.

On track

Priority Area 2: Personalized Pathways

Engage students in charting personalized pathways to college, career and community readiness.

Establish long-term partnerships with local higher education institutions and business community to develop pathways, increase dual credit and work-based learning opportunities.

On track

Launch Academic Career Plan 8th Grade Foundational course and plan 9th -12th grade ACP for implementation for 2015-16.

On track

Begin vetting, modifying, and aligning high school coursework in preparation for implementation of personalized pathways.

On track

Establish system for identifying and sharing AVID best practices and sites that align to resources and supports for schools.

On track

Continue implementation and professional learning for the adoption of the Comprehensive School Counseling Model.

On track

Priority Area 3: Family Engagement and Community Partnerships

Engage family and community members as partners.

Implement professional development on the family and community engagement standards for all employees.

Status update: While professional development has not yet begun, the district is working with a national expert in family engagement for district-wide learning opportunity in March to help schools refine strategies in advance of planning for School Improvement Plans next year.

Caution

Develop and launch a “Request for Assistance System."

On track

Engage representative groups to develop culturally responsive two-way communication strategies.

On track

Launch Parent Academy, a network of parent learning and leadership opportunities on advocacy, leadership, and supporting young people in school.

On track

Create clear guidance for more effective parent conferences.

On track

Provide learning opportunities to align partnerships with district goals and priorities.

Status update: Webinar training for partners and district employees on Partnership Policy is being developed and will be completed by the end of the school year.

Caution

Develop a best practice framework and related tools to strengthen academic tutoring district-wide.

On track

Develop infrastructure to support and enhance out-of-school time .

On track

Priority Area 4: Thriving Workforce

Cultivate a work environment that attracts, develops and retains top talent.

Successfully implement the first year of one-of-a-kind partnership with UW-Madison to support new educators.

Status update: The first year of Forward Madison is on track, while we work to plan for future years of the program. We are also working to more deeply embed culturally and linguistically responsive practices throughout the program.

Caution

Execute on common learning for the year through monthly professional development targeted at principals, instructional coaches and central office instructional staff and aligned across groups.

On track

Successfully implement the first year of Educator Effectiveness and make adjustments for future years.

On track

Implement the recommendations from the Human Resources review with a focus on the development of a new screening and selection process for teachers.

On track

Develop and implement principal pipeline strategy for building a strong pool of school leadership talent.

On track

Work with union representative to identify schools to begin building-based problem solving process and support schools.

On track

 

Priority Area 5: Accountability Systems

Ensure accountability at every level.

Provide all school-based leadership teams with the SBLT Toolkit, support the development of the SIP, develop and provide internal and external communication tools specific to the SIP, and institute feedback and approval process.

Complete

Institute a quarterly review of progress for SBLTs to build capacity to use data effectively and to monitor progress toward the goals outlined in their SIP.

On track

Develop and provide all teachers with the Teacher Team Toolkit, support its use, and institute feedback processes

On track

Develop concise School Support System plans.

Complete

Support each central office department in completing and publishing a COMP plan.

Complete

Institute a quarterly review of progress for central office departments to ensure progress toward the goals outlined in their department.

Complete

Further refine our budgeting process to align the organization and its resources to support schools with emphasis on the development of an equitable staffing model.

On track

Supporting our Framework: Technology Plan

Student Computing

On track

Staff Computing

Complete

School Learning Spaces

On track

Networks and Servers

On track

Student Information Systems

On track

Professional Learning

On track

Support for All

On track