VISION 2020 UPDATE
1. Building Cultural Competence
Year 1 Goal: Mobilize a team of staff members for trauma sensitive training for the 2015-2016.
Update: A team of staff members attended a training session with Susan Craig on December 2, 2015. Administrators were trained by Janis Bozowski on April 27, 2016. A Trauma Sensitive Task Force (representing staff members from each school, administration, and a BOE member/parent) met throughout the second half of the school year to analyze and identify trends/patterns in district data. The Task Force will present recommendations to the Board of Education at the June 14, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Special thanks to Melissa Sadin for all of her assistance with this goal.
2. Preparing for College and Career
Year 2 Goal: Implement the M.A.P.S. program. Statistically track M.A.P.S. students and the program's effect on the drop out rate. Prepare for the launch of a Public Relations/Communications Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.
Update: Under the direction of Dr. Tanya McDonald and Mr. Scott Hade, the M.A.P.S. program continues to track data related to student outcomes. The team presented at the May 17, 2016 Board of Education meeting. The presentation can be viewed from the district homepage. The Board of Education will formally approve a partnership with LaRue PR for the launch of a Public Relations Academy for the the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information and applications can be found on my blog at http://www.drpurnell.net.
3. Growing Professional Development Opportunities
Year 3 Goal: Launch a robust 3DPD, online, professional development "best practice" repository.
Update: The Director of 21st Century Education, Melissa McEntee, has created and launched a comprehensive 3DPD "best practice" repository. The 3DPD video collection continues to grow as a sustainable professional development resource for our staff. The goal of this PD strategy is to use video to provide real life examples of effective classroom practices to engage students through the integration of technology. To date teachers throughout the District have posted 135 videos and the list continues to grow with best practices, model lessons, strategies, and tips to improve instruction and student learning. One of the most effective elements of 3DPD is that all videos are created by our teachers to support the instructional development of their colleagues. This homegrown repository provides teachers with on-demand opportunities to select personalized learning paths based on their individual needs.