Mr.  Taran  Gruber
Principal
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UPDATED Draft of School Accountability Plan

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ANDREW AVENUE SCHOOL

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

 

-Our Goals

  • Shared Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

  • Continuous Improvement of Teaching and Learning

  • Safe, Welcoming, and High Performing Learning   Environments

  • Organizational System Designed for Results

  • Families and Community as Partners

 

Andrew Avenue School Strategic Plan 2015-16

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

Mission:  Our mission is to create a community of learners who:

  • Are responsible and engaged community members

  • Demonstrate initiative, persistence and adaptability

  • Are curious and value risk taking as part of the learning process

  • Access and analyze information and formulate an opinion

  • Communicate effectively

  • Work individually and on teams to solve real world problems

Andrew Avenue School Beliefs

We believe:

  • In collaboration with our CK3LI partners, the opportunity gap will be closed and all students will be cognitively engaged in new learning

  • Creating an environment supportive of risk taking, we will continue to grow as a faculty and thus increase student achievement

  • Fostering active, empowered and thriving citizens is the primary goal of education

 
















School Goals

1.      Reading:  Increase percent of students reading at grade level and decrease percent of students substantially below grade level.

  • 46% of Andrew Avenue School students were reading at or above average (Tier I) according to the Fall 2015 NWEA MAP Reading Assessment.  By Spring 2016, the percent of students reading at or above average will increase to 56% or higher.

  • 31% of Andrew Avenue School students were reading substantially below grade level (Tier 3) according to the Fall 2015 NWEA MAP Reading Assessment.  By Spring 2016, the percent of students will decrease to 26% of lower.  

2.      Mathematics:  Increase percent of students performing at grade level and decrease percent of students substantially below grade level.

  • 40% of Andrew Avenue School students in math were performing at or above average (Tier 1) according to the Fall 2015 NWEA MAP Math Assessment.  By Spring 2016, the percent of students  at or above average in math will increase to 50% or higher.

  • 33% of Andrew Avenue School students in math are performing substantially below grade level (Tier 3) according to the Fall 2015 NWEA MAP math Assessment.  By Spring 2016, the percent of students will decrease to 28% or lower.


3.    Student Attendance:  Chronic Absenteeism - Decrease percent of students who miss more than 10 % of school (18 days)

  • Continue efforts to decrease chronic absenteeism.  (Tier 3)

4.     Student Behavior:   Decrease the number of offenses reported to the CT State Department of Education (CT SDE) and decrease the number of students with chronic offenses (3 or more).

  • Increase fidelity of record keeping utilizing Power School tools.

  • Maintain minimal number of suspensions.

  • Move towards a model of restorative justice



6.      Family and Community Engagement:  Increase parent and community participation in student academic endeavors and school improvement efforts

  • Maintain or increase the percent of parents (parent to family ratio) who attend parent teacher conferences from 93% (fall 2015) as measured by the Winter 2016 Parent Teacher Conferences.

  • Increase percent of parents who respond respond to the Panorama survey to 50% as measured by the 2016 winter administration.

7.      Survey feedback:

Parent Feedback Goal:

  • The percentage of parents responding positively will increase from 79% to 89% in regards to the survey question "students at my child's school will try to stop students from insulting or making fun of other students".

Student Feedback Goal:

  • The percentage of students responding positively will increase from 82% to 90% in regards to the survey question "students at my school will try to stop students from making fun of me".

 











Andrew Avenue School Strategic Plan 2015-16

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

Strategic Priority #1   Share an Inspiring School Vision with Coherent Strategic Plan

Rationale for this Goal: If we share an inspiring vision and coherent strategic plan, then all members of our community will be eager to align their collective and individual efforts to accomplishing our shared goals.

Priority 1 Strategy #1   Communicate a shared vision and mission that has high expectations for children and clearly communicates what Naugatuck Public Schools is striving to become

Action Step #

Specific Steps

Evidence that this action step is being implemented/completed

Staff

Responsible

Outcome Indicators

1.1.1

Seek input from multiple perspectives to ensure that our vision and mission represents community voice.

Meeting invitations and notes

         

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Administrator Survey; Teacher Survey; Parent Survey; Student Survey

1.1.2

Explicitly connect all communication to vision and relevant portion of mission (new math program implementation) with  intentionality

Design activities for teachers to reconnect to mission/vision for new math program

Teachers design grade appropriate activities for students with new math program

Parent Math programs with explicit connections to mission

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Classroom Teachers


Yammine

Survey Results

1.1.3

Publish and communicate a shared vision for Naugatuck Public Schools

Widely published and communicated Vision

All documents include vision and mission

Visibly posted in school and classrooms

Gruber

Survey Results

Priority 1 Strategy #2   Monitor Strategic Plan implementation to ensure the entire system is working toward accomplishing the vision and mission

1.2.1

Collaboratively analyze and utilize student performance data and feedback from surveys

Weekly Grade Level Work Meetings- alternate math and LA

CK3LI Leadership

Ensure that initiative are aligned (district and CK3LI)

Gruber

Murphy

Gonzalez

AAES Staff

School Strategic Plan adjustments

1.2.2

Students, teachers goals aligned with Strategic Plan

School strategic plan and teacher and student goals are set in service of accomplishing school goals

Student goal setting connected to school goals

Gruber


AAES Staff

Survey results


% students that meet projected growth

 

1.2.3

Outcome data is regularly monitored and the plan is adjusted to continuously improve effectiveness

Data analyzed in efforts to meet goals at Data Meetings, Reading/Math Meetings, Leadership Meeting and Progress Monitoring  

        

Gruber

Yammine

Murphy

Gonzalez

AAES Teachers/ Interventionists

Meeting Agendas

SRBI Data

Trimester reports on student performance (Fall, Winter and Spring)

1.2.4

School plans and progress toward goals are communicated frequently and are easily accessible to the community

School plan presentation as scheduled by district

Gruber

Survey Results











Andrew Avenue School Strategic Plan 2015-16

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

Strategic Priority # 2   Grow a Rigorous Academic Program with a Focus on Continuous Improvement of Teaching and Learning

Rationale for this Goal:  If we cultivate a professional culture in our district that values growth and collaboration at all levels of the system; and sets high standards for teaching and learning; and strengthens the capacity of educators to meet the needs of students, then our students will continue to meet or exceed our high expectations.

Priority 2 Strategy #1   Cultivate a professional culture relentlessly focused on improving teaching and learning

Action Step #

Specific Steps

Evidence that this action step is being implemented/completed

Staff

Responsible

Outcome Indicators

2.1.1

Through daily interactions and ongoing communication, infuse the school with a natural, cohesive purpose of improving our collective practices to accelerate student learning

Staff lead collaborative efforts to improve teaching and learning (KLT, Survey Committee, etc)

Leaders establish rigorous and clear expectations

Model reflective practice and learning

Frequent communication regarding student learning goals and accomplishments

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AAES Staff

Survey Results

Meeting Agendas

2.1.2

Cultivate a collaborative culture of reflection and growth

Develop trusting relationships

Inspire growth and model reflective practice

Internal Teacher Walkthroughs

Provide teachers with opportunities for collaboration to grow their instructional practice

Teachers participate in curriculum development

Observe instruction for shifts in practice based on feedback and accompanying discourse

Gruber


Yammine


Murphy


Gonzalez

Teacher Practice Data,

Survey results,

 

2.1.3

Create shared accountability for achieving school and district goals

 Align Strategic School Plan and Teacher SLOs to District

Collaboratively develop SLOs and complete at least one observation together for all resource room teachers.

Prior to mid-year conferences, administrators who share teachers will collaborate about teacher practice and growth areas.

Administrators ensure special education teachers have access to NWEA data by enrolling special education students in PowerSchool.

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Special Education Resource Teacher/ Administrator

Survey Results and TEVAL Documentation

2.1.4

Participate in Instructional Rounds (IR) for collaborative growth

Develop Focus for Instructional Practice

Implement professional development aligned with identified data from IR

Gruber

Yammine

Murphy

Teachers



Survey Results

FIP

Student Achievement Data

 

2.1.5

Expand KLT Teams (professional teams of teachers who collaborate to discuss formative assessment)

Develop schedule for monthly KLT  meetings

District to provide 90 minutes per month for KLT meetings

District will provide professional development to Year 2 trainers and participants

Gruber


KLT Leaders

Survey results

2.1.6

Ensure time and structure for collaborative inquiry and monitoring instructional improvement

Instructional Rounds

 Focused PLC for consultants and coaches

 Weeky meetings will focus on math or reading, facilitated by consultants in order to ensure increased effectiveness of instruction and thus student achievement

Gruber

Survey Results and Teacher Practice data

2.1.7

Celebrate academic success and growth of student outcomes as well as teacher and leader practice that reinforces values and goals

 

 

Public celebrations of success and growth (web site, data walls, STAR Assemblies, awards nights)

Teachers will select a child to be recognized for achievements

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AAES Staff

 

Priority 2 Strategy #2   Develop, implement and systematically evaluate and improve curriculum and instruction to ensure ALL students are meeting growth targets

2.2.1

Create a shared understanding of how the definition, philosophy, and  framework of curriculum impact teaching and learning

Share philosophy and definition of curriculum

Curriculum Framework creates aligned structure for Curriculum Development

 

 

Gruber




Survey Results

 

2.2.2

AAES staff will participate on a committee to revise math section of report cards

Collect and gather examples of report cards

Collect input and ideas from all stakeholders regarding report cards and reporting protocols

 

Gruber

Yammine

AAES Teachers

 

 

Draft of report card

2.2.3

Revise and  implement a systematic approach for tiered interventions (SRBI)

Collaborate with CK3LI faculty to ensure all students are being taught according to instructional focus in interventions and/or small group instruction

Reduce the size of the group for our neediest learners

Utilize “walk to read/walk to math” so that teachers can best support instructional focus for all students

Provide professional development regarding intervention resources and implementation

Work to align math SRBI with reading structures, best practices

Plan for effective intervention and SRBI

Gruber

Yammine

Murphy

Gonzalez

Interventionists

Teachers



Decrease # and percent of students below the 20th percentile

2.2.4

Provide in class support/push in model to plan for and implement flexible groupings and targeted instruction

Interventionist collaborate/plan with classroom teachers

Gruber

Murphy

Yammine

Interventionists

Teachers

SRBI Schedule

Decrease # and percent of students below the 20th percentile

2.2.6

Primary actions steps aligned to CK3LI collaboration

Coaching to include Learning Rounds, debrief, modeling

Grade Level Work Teams

Writing instruction

ECRI (systematic phonics instruction small and whole group)

Enhancing opportunities for ELL

Monthly Literacy PD

Gonzalez

Murphy

Gruber

Teachers

 

Priority 2 Strategy #3   Develop and evaluate the capacity of leaders, teachers and staff to improve district, school and student performance indicators

2.3.1

Identify clear standards and progression of practice/expectations for teachers and staff

Standards for teachers in NPS adapted Common Core of Teaching (CCT) Rubric

    

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Teacher Practice data and student learning results

2.3.2

Continue to develop shared understanding of performance expectations for each domain in teacher practice rubrics.  

Begin to include teachers in Instructional Rounds

Provide feedback from classroom observation at least 3 times a year

Gruber

Teacher Practice data and student learning results

2.3.3

Implement the revised teacher development and evaluation plan to develop all teachers to proficient or exemplary

Reflection and growth are regular and ongoing processes connected to student, school and district improvement efforts

 Evaluation timelines adhered to (TalentEd)

Cultivate growth mindset within school

Gruber

Teacher Evaluation data and survey data

2.3.4

Continue to support new teachers

Use data from instructional rounds to inform development of supports for new teachers

Provide collaborative meeting time for new teachers and mentors

Provide in class modeling/co-teaching with Coach/Consultants

Gruber


TEAM Mentors


Montini

Retention and growth of new teachers

2.3.8

Math Coach and Reading Consultant will provide embedded professional learning and support for teachers.

Demonstration lessons, reflective conversations, supportive conversations, differentiation support, co-teaching experience, collaborative conversations, data conversations, co-planning, facilitating peer observations

Coach calibration and teacher support around the Rubric for Effective teaching

Murphy


Yammine

Teacher Practice data and survey data and improved student performance

 

 

 

Andrew Avenue School Strategic Plan 2015-16

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

Strategic Priority #3   Create a safe, welcoming and respectful environment throughout the district and in every school that supports the continuous improvement of teaching and learning

Rationale for this Strategy: If we create positive school climates that foster high expectations through caring and supportive relationships, then students and teachers will set ambitious goals and work together to accomplish them

Priority 3 Strategy #1 Ensure safe and positive learning culture with high expectations for all students

Action Step #

Specific Steps

Evidence that this action step is being implemented/completed

Staff

Responsible

Outcome Indicators

3.1.1

All AAES staff demonstrate and communicate high expectations and strong values for ALL regardless of their needs

Curriculum development includes culturally relevant pedagogy and materials

Communications available in multiple languages

Celebrations and recognitions demonstrate diverse population

Explore, plan for and then implement Restorative Justice components

Gruber


AAES Staff


Restorative Justice Committee


Survey Committee

Survey results


Teachers, Families, Community understand the value of Restorative Justice as opposed to traditional discipline (focused on punishment verses teaching/learning)

3.1.2

All teachers engage in effective classroom management practices and tiered interventions for behavior.

Provide behavior management/de-escalation training

Train all para-educators in PMT

Create a system to include all staff in the staffing process

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AAES Staff


Survey Committee

Discipline data indicates decrease in time out of class

Survey results

 

3.1.3

Develop consistent practices in our schools for Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions.

Implement the Core 4

Implement Responsive Classroom model

Implement Developmental Guidance Curriculum

Gruber


Aronheim


Support Staff

Student survey results

Decreased reportable offenses and chronic offenders

3.1.4

Revise and publish school comprehensive safety plan

Safe School Climate plan meets CT SDE standards

Include Code Drills on monthly Fire Drill Report to BOE.

Conduct a minimum of 2 code drills per year

        

 

Gruber


Survey Committee

All Hazards Safety Plan


Safe School Climate Plan

 

3.1.5

Implement interventions to assist students and families with attendance

 

Monthly attendance committee meetings

Additional interventions: phone calls to parents, parent meetings, and home visits.

Assist families in supporting district/school/state attendance policies

Attendance letters to parents to document absences and tardies

Schedule formal student meetings with appropriate support staff as needed

Gruber


Rolla

Survey Results


Attendance Reports

Priority 3 Strategy #2   Maintain and improve our school buildings, grounds and equipment

3.2.1

Develop systems to maintain and improve our school buildings and grounds and rapidly resolve safety issues and concerns

Implement safety meetings 3X per year

Collect and analyze and act on safety needs reported by staff

Communicate with Facilities Engineer

Mobile Cabinet will focus management team on school needs

Gruber


Lynch


Mobile Cabinet

 

 

        Survey results

 

3.2.2

Create long and short term plans through the collaborative budget process to make repairs or acquire equipment needed to support teaching and learning in our schools

Budget Process includes maintenance and improvement needs of school

Gruber

 

Lynch


Mobile Cabinet

2016-17 Financial Plan with updated Facility Information

3.2.3

Collaborate with Borough and Long Range Planning Committee to determine long term facility plans and needs

Team members involved with long range planning committee

 

Gruber



Survey Results

3.2.4

Collaborate with NPS district administrators, BOE and Facilities Engineer to prioritize safety and code concerns

Discussion at mobile cabinet

Gruber

Lynch

Locke

Survey Results

Priority 3 Strategy #3   Ensure technological resources are allocated to support strategic plan

3.3.1

Technology is requested and allocated by identifying core resources for each classroom that are required to support continuous improvement of teaching and learning

Resources required to implement core curriculum and assessments

Gruber


AAES Staff

Survey Results

3.3.2

Provide Technology training to support continuous improvement of teaching and learning

Attend  first district technology summit

Attend quarterly professional development related to technology/Google Apps for Education Migrate from Groupwise to Gmail by Fall 2016

Gruber

Hollern


AAES Staff


Technology Advisory Team

Survey Results

3.3.3

Continue to improve maintenance, repair and support from IT department based on feedback from staff

Work with IT staff to prioritize open tickets

Gruber


IT Staff

 

Merly

Survey Results

 

 

Andrew Avenue School Strategic Plan 2015-16

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

Strategic Priority #4   Create an organizational system that functions in support of teaching and learning

Rationale for this Strategy: If we organize the work of the district and allocate resources to support our teaching and learning priorities, then we will work collaboratively and more efficiently to accomplish our goals

Priority 4 Strategy #1   Clear organizational structure, Communication and Access to Information

Action Step #

Specific Steps

Evidence that this action step is being implemented/completed

Staff

Responsible

Outcome Indicators

4.1.1

Improve communication with staff, students and families

Handbook for staff and students

School Messenger Communications

Meeting agendas

Daily announcements

Email communication

Newsletters

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AAES Staff

Survey Results

4.1.2

Maintain and improve the school website to provide up to date resources and access to district resources

Updated web site

Gruber


Janis

Hollern

Survey Results

4.1.3

Create an AAES Instagram account that highlights student learning in classrooms throughout the school and assists families with understanding what their child needs to learn to be successful at his/her grade level.

AAES Instagram

Gruber


Janis

Hollern



Survey Results

Priority 4 Strategy #2   Develop District Budget that aligns with strategic priorities

4.2.1

Collaboratively develop student-need-based budget

Present first draft of budget in October

Gruber


Cabinet

2016-17 Financial Plan

4.2.2

Monitor school spending and related results quarterly

Quarterly meetings

Gruber



Budget Sense

Priority 4 Strategy #3   Develop human resource system that attracts, hires and retains highly effective leaders, teachers and staff

4.3.1

Follow NPS hiring procedures and protocols

Include stakeholders in the hiring process

Gruber

 

4.3.2

Continue to create leadership/career development opportunities for AAES staff

KLT Leaders

Align focus area opportunities and professional development

Implement Learning Forward Coaching guidelines

Gruber


Murphy


Yammine

 

 

 

Andrew Avenue School Strategic Plan 2015-16

Educating All Students Today for Tomorrow’s Future

Strategic Priority #5   Family and Community Engagement

Rationale for this Strategy: If we develop trusting relationships with our families and partner with our community, then we will have the greatest chance of supporting the needs of our children so they meet our high expectations and be ready for life success

Priority 5 Strategy #1   Provide information and opportunities for parents to support student learning

Action Step #

Specific Steps

Evidence that this action step is being implemented/completed

Staff

Responsible

Outcome Indicators

5.1.1

Ensure that school and district information are accessible to parents on our website

School website is user-friendly

Communicate web address and Instragram information through School Messenger and Remind notification

Gruber


Janis

Hollern

Survey Results

5.1.2

Increase parent participation in  parent-teacher conferences and in our annual survey

Utilize the PTCFast registration system

Reach out to parents through email and phone that do not sign up for conferences on PTCFast

Visit the homes of some of the families not attending conferences, as needed

Gruber


AAES Staff

Participation rate in annual survey

Attendance at Conferences

 

5.1.3

Provide information to promote parent understanding of behavioral and learning expectations of students in our schools

Student Handbook-update with Restorative Justice

Open House

Parent Conferences

Web site

Gruber


AAES Staff

 

5.1.4

Implement Envisions Math and Reading Street parent workshops

Model Power School log-in and accessing Pearson realize, how to access tutorial tools and online homework/assignments

Yammine

Murphy

 

Priority 5 Strategy #2   Build relationships with families and the community using multiple modes of communication and feedback

5.2.1

Utilize multiple modes of communicating and collecting input from parents to share with and learn from families

 

Messenger Notification

Email

Website

Instragram (principal and some teachers)

Teacher Websites

Newsletters

Teacher Twitter Accounts

Gruber


AAES Staff

Survey Results