LCSD/Wilbur & McMahon School Strategic Plan/Vision 2020 to 2025
Wilbur & McMahon School is dedicated to preparing students for educational and life experiences in an atmosphere where there is respect for the dignity of every person and an enthusiasm for learning. Wilbur & McMahon School is dedicated to the principle that educational programs be both challenging and supportive, distinguished by consistent high standards and by attention to the needs and potential of individual students.
The mission of the Wilbur & McMahon School is to develop a comprehensive educational community with high academic standards that challenge all students to love learning and to become skilled communicators and critical thinkers who are respectful, motivated, responsible, and self confident contributors to their community and their world.
The following beliefs encompass the fundamental convictions, values and character of the Little Compton School Department and direct the activities of our school.
- We can always improve.
- Each student has the right to an educational experience based on high standards.
- Not all children will achieve the standards in the same way or at the same time.
- School must provide safe, secure, nurturing learning environments.
- School must be flexible to change.
- Education is a shared responsibility requiring the cooperation of the student, family, school and community.
- School prepares and challenges students to contribute to the community.
- Love of learning fosters lifelong educational growth.
Goal 1: STUDENT: Ensure success for every student
Goal 2: COMMUNITY: Engage Family and Community as Partners
Goal 3: STAFF: Support the Ongoing Development of Excellent Educators and Support Staff
Goal 4: SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT: Create Equitable, Vibrant and Safe Learning Environments
Goal 1. STUDENT: Ensure success for every student
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
- Vertically align and articulate PK-8 curriculum to state and national standards and rigorous learning expectations
- Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies and all other subjects - develop curriculum aligned to and enriching appropriate standards (in grades 5-8, consistent with International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program framework)
- Response to Intervention (RTI) - Continue to focus on a system of appropriate interventions in all areas and implement them with fidelity
- Collaborate with high school partners to provide a smooth transition
- Establish strong comprehensive assessment systems that are relevant, varied, and provide actionable data
- Strengthen and monitor the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to state and national standards and 21st century skills
Health and Wellness
- Continually review and refine social-emotional systems of support that span PK-8 to address all levels of learners
- Strengthen the Response to Intervention (RTI) process to monitor and track the progress and needs of each child to continually evolve a system that results in increased efficiency and student success
- Establish ongoing professional development for teachers and staff to ensure that all educators are properly trained to address social-emotional needs of students
- Expand the community-school concept to strengthen wrap-around services for students and families
Goal 2. COMMUNITY: Engage Family and Community as Partners
- Utilize the school as a hub for community activities
- Strengthen school and community partnerships to provide families with the support needed to increase their child’s school success
- Engage parents in supporting their understanding of current learning and teaching models
- Use various modes of communication to increase opportunities for family participation and engagement
- Cultivate partnerships with community agencies, businesses and colleges to enhance teaching and learning
Transparency, Collaboration, Communication
- Provide resources to assist parents with helping their children with homework and in understanding current methods of teaching
- Utilize an electronic gradebook for grades 5-8 to assist families in monitoring and supporting their child’s success
- Cultivate and ensure transparency by capitalizing on social media and a variety of communication platforms to engage stakeholders and highlight district news and innovative practices
Goal 3. STAFF: Promote a positive culture and Support the Ongoing Development of Excellent Educators
- Offer focused, high-quality embedded professional learning opportunities
- Establish sustained commitment to ongoing job-embedded development through scheduling, resources, and finances
- Develop the capacity of staff to utilize effective facilitative leadership skills to both lead and participate in effective job-embedded professional development
- Support educators through an evaluation process that provides meaningful and high-quality feedback
- Mentor new and transitioning educators
Goal 4. SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT: Create Equitable, Vibrant and Safe Learning Environments
- Identify and/or create viable, flexible learning environments within and outside the classroom
- Create environments that maximize student learning
Technology as a Tool for Learning
- Update infrastructure to support equal access, reliability, and to manage changing technological needs of the district
- Continuously find innovative ways of utilizing technology to enhance learning
- Develop and implement curriculum utilizing varied instructional practices, with or without technology, that guide students to create, collaborate, and innovate at all levels
- Ensure that all students have equitable access to technological devices
Safe Learning Environments
- Be transparent and consistent in the implementation of safety procedures in order to provide school with information and resources to enhance the safety and security of school
- Continually update policies and procedures to ensure students enact the tenets of responsible citizenship, including digital
- Sustain and evolve appropriate anti-bullying strategies, in accordance with RIGL 16.71-2(e)
SUPERINTENDENT GOALS 2020-21 : Approved at the 1/13/2021 School Committee Meeting
- Follow CDC and RIDOH guidelines to promote the health and safety of all students and staff during the COVID pandemic and beyond.
- Implement safety recommendations of the Safety Subcommittee as adopted by the School Committee, as allowable during the COVID pandemic.
- Develop a 5-year plan for capital improvements ($50K grant/deferment from RIDE until SY2022).
- Ensure the most efficient utilization of human resources to promote campus safety (i.e. Front-Office workflows, Aspen Logistics module, Aspen “Alerts”).
- Create and monitor a budget that is closely-aligned with school and district goals.
- Attend all town board meetings related to the budget process (i.e. Budget Committee, Town Council).
- Generate the annual LCSD Budget Message for Town Meeting.
- Research and pursue grant opportunities when applicable.
- Review existing policies, procedures, and programming with an emphasis on continuing to improve and/or increase the following:
- Equity for all students by facilitating and inspiring students engaged in-person learning as well as learning in remote and socially-distanced classroom environments
- Parental involvement and whole-school initiatives that include the intercultural development of students and staff
- Social Emotional Learning programs that proactively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion while also developing children’s skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships, and problem solving (i.e. Restorative Practices, Open Circle, Choose Love)
- Employee Wellness/ Employee Assistance Programming (i.e. AllOne Health and The Trust’s Health Matters Program)
CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT
- Support the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and continue teacher training.
- Collaborate with Wilbur McMahon School’s administration/ILT to monitor statewide testing and identify curriculum gaps related to the district’s performance.
- Explore best practices in all instructional areas, including ways to leverage resources (including IT) to enhance student learning.
- Promote differentiated instructional practices for students in PK-8 with an emphasis on student engagement and achievement by leveraging the following:
- Achieve3000 for students in grades 2-6 to help all students engage in, accelerate, and find success in learning, including those who are above and below grade-level readers, English learners, and those in need of special education services
- i-Ready online interim assessment module and instruction module (when appropriate) which provides all students with a path to proficiency and growth in reading and mathematics
- Enrichment opportunities within and outside of the school
- Xello (grades 6-8) which builds self-knowledge, personalized learning plans, and critical life skills
- IXL for adaptive skills across the content areas designed to support and challenge every learner
- Zearn for math which builds “on-ramps” to grade-level (K-5) content and remediation support into all parts of students’ core instructional learning to further differentiate instruction and meet student needs
- Generation Genius lessons are such that they resonate with more students, as they target visual, tactile, auditory and kinesthetic senses, instead of only one.
- Collaborate with Wilbur McMahon School administration/ILT to review curriculum annually, working to align with Portsmouth as appropriate.
POLICY & PROCEDURE
- Collaborate with the Policy Sub Committee to update the policy manual
- Monitor the Wilbur McMahon School Improvement Plan process.
- Support timely communication between staff/administration and students/parents/community (i.e. ParentSquare).
- Establish and promote good governance and chain of command (i.e. BoardDocs).
- Administer Surveys or otherwise gather data to include any of the following groups, and report results to the school committee by the end of 2020-2021 school year:
- Current Little Compton high school students attending Portsmouth at the end of freshman year
- Tuition families who choose to leave WMS
- Collaborate with members of the community and organizations who want to be involved in the school and look for opportunities for community support.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to implement a marketing/awareness campaign to increase enrollment of non resident students.