School Innovation & Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance

  • 2018-2019

  • Kent Gardens Elementary School

  • Region 2

  • Holly McGuigan, Principal

End of Year SMARTR Outcome: Reading

By June 2019, 100% of students will show a minimum of one year’s growth based on grade-level reading benchmarks measured by the Spring DRA2-PM scores. For those students who are below benchmark, they will show a minimum of 1.25 years growth.

Strategy 1  

  • Teachers and staff will implement a balanced literacy reading and writing workshop that targets differentiated instruction and is based on individual needs of students.  All students will be challenged to utilize critical thinking skills.

Strategy 2

  •  Responsive instruction will be utilized to support students and help teams identify and meet the needs of students.

Strategy 3

  • Relationships will be a focus through responsive classroom and community meetings.  The common language of #kgpride #strongertogether will be a central focus in developing appropriate behavior and offer a common language throughout the school and community.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome: Math

By June 2019, all students in grade K-6 will make measurable progress (one plus years) in the area of mathematics as measured by a combination of methods that include  grade level assessments, county assessments (math reasoning assessment) and state-wide assessments (Standards of Learning).

Strategy 1

  • Teachers and staff will implement the ORIGO and DISCOVERY curricula, using the math workshop model to encourage student engagement and supports individual and small group instruction. 

Strategy 2

  • Ongoing assessments both formal and informal, including the use of exit tickets, with regular analysis of data in CLT grade-level team meetings

Strategy 3

  • Differentiated small-group instruction and targeted interventions to remediate, expand and enrich learning in math, according to students’ individual needs.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome: Innovation—Portrait of a Graduate

By June 2019, all students in grades K-6 will develop skills in the areas of communication and collaboration as described in the Portrait of a Graduate attributes by expanding the focus of  #kgpride to include #strongertogether to emphasize the value of positive relationships and teamwork.

Strategy 1

  • Students will learn to develop collective efficacy by studying the twenty-four character traits of the Positivity Project and using the common language of #kgpride and #stronger together.

Strategy 2

  • Students will collaborate on teams to complete open-ended PBL projects demonstrating creative and critical thinking skills.

Strategy 3

  • Advanced academic lessons and activities, such as Socratic Seminar and the JASON Project, will be utilized across all grades to expose students to higher- level thinking activities and develop effective communication skills.