Improvement Activities

School-wide Initiatives

All 2016-2017 School Professional Development revolves around RTI:

  • Grade-Level Professional Learning Communities collaborate for Concentrated Instruction (Please see PLC questions below)
  • Intervention meetings (Please see Guiding Team Meeting questions below)
  • Student Review Committee - Special Education
  • Monthly CSIP/Leadership Team Meetings 
  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)
  • Staff Development and Training on SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) for use of Digital Library, Interim Assessments to support SBA Testing
  • Staff Development on Performance Plus Data Warehouse as a tool for planning and adjusting instruction 


Teacher and Principal student growth goals in Reading are focused on the following activities:

  • Grade-level teams establishing/editing Reading essential learning standards
  • DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) weekly progress monitoring for Tier 2 students
  • STAR reading assessment to track student progress for early intervention/extension
  • Journey's leveled/small group instruction
  • Peer tutoring/Cross Age tutoring
  • Accelerated Reader (AR) to monitor student comprehension
  • Tier 2 and Tier 3 Curriculum - SRA Corrective Reading, Reading Mastery, Reading A-Z, SRA Phonemic Awareness, Journey's Tool-Kit, Journey's Write In Reader, Language for Learning, Phonological Awareness, Rewards, etc


Teacher and Principal student growth goals in Math are focused on the following activities:

  • Grade-level teams establishing/editing Math essential learning standards
  • IXL use to support student learning of CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
  • Utilizing supplemental curriculum to ensure CCSS and essential learning standards are addressed Development of Peer/Cross Age tutoring programs
  • Rocket Math to support math computations fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • STAR math / Math Computation Screener assessments to track for early intervention/extension
  • Tier 2 and Tier 3 Curriculum - Origo, Bridges Intervention Materials, IXL, Rocket Math, Khan Academy, Xtra Math

Title/Lap Students

  • Six Minute Solution/Read Naturally to build reading fluency
  • Double dose/Triple dose to assist with catch-up growth
  • Pull-out Intervention
  • Push-in Intervention
  • Progress monitoring  
  • Small Group Direct Instruction

School Culture

  • Capturing Kid's Hearts Training for Staff for community building
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) introduction
  • (GLAD) Guided Language Acquisition Design for all staff to increase student engagement

Guiding Team Meeting Process:
1.  Identification of students you are concerned with (academics/behavior) and are concentrating on during your intervention times.
2.  Be prepared to share some of your current data on your struggling learners.
3.  What are your main concerns regarding these students?   Are they making progress towards their goals?
4.  What intervention materials are you using to address these deficits?
5.  What does intervention time look like in your classroom and/or team at this time?

Four Questions to Guide Professional Learning Communities
1. What do we expect students to learn?

  • Essential outcomes

2. How will we know if they learn it?

  • Common assessments
  • On-going Progress Monitoring

3. How do we respond when students experience difficulty in learning?

  • Differentiated instruction
  • Pyramid of Interventions
  • Response to Instruction/Intervention

4. How do we respond when students do

  • Enrichment Activities

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement

Each of our schools strive to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement).  Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found by clicking here to see the school’s annual performance report.

Use of Technology

In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Blackboard/Edline websites: Contains teacher instructional materials and guidelines; communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS: Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • Blackboard Connect: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events.