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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you and our children!  As the school year comes to an end we are excited to inform you about our new District Improvement Plan.  The District Leadership Team has worked with Illinois Center for School Improvement at American Institute For Research since 2015.  On behalf of my administrative team, I want to personally thank the teachers, parents, administrators and the Illinois Center for School Improvement at American Institute for Research for working with us over the last two years to create a plan that we believe will ensure our transformation to district growth. The Journey to the district transformation included the following:

I.  Journey to Transformation for 2017-2018 School Year

  • Intentional Data Review (IDR):  Data collected from multiple sources and reviewed by District 149 stakeholders in a Co-Interpretation process.  Identified Key Findings of the data.
    • Student Learning Data
    • Co-Interpretation 40% of data comes from state assessment
    • Terra Nova Data Results
    • PARCC
    • DIBELS
    • Benchmark Assessment
    • Formative Assessment
    • Summative Assessment
  • Intentional Data Review (IDR) found we need the following:
    • Aligned Professional Development
    • Two-way communication in individual buildings
    • Focused improvement plan
    • Consistent planning times
    • Consistent articulation meetings
    • Incentives to improve teacher attendance
    • Professional development calendar
    • Continuity in teaching content
    • Progress monitoring system
    • Evidence of interventions to support students who are underperforming
  • Goal Setting:  Set goals  based on prioritized Key Findings as prioritized by district stakeholders
    • Only a few focused goals that we all can focus on
    • Goals that we can measure and monitor
    • Goals that will increase student performance

II.  Where are we today?

  • SMART Goal I2017-2018 NWEA Map will be used to measure growth.
     
  • SMART Goal 2: 2017-2018 NWEA Map will be used to measure growth.
  • Worthy Targets:  Give us research based practices that we know are worthy of our efforts and when met, will move us to meet our goals.
    • You have to have a target or we will miss where we are aiming
    • We will know when we are off course through monitoring our work toward the target
    • All District Stakeholders will be aiming at the same targets
    • We can have specific collaboration about where we are in meeting targets and change course if needed
  • Worthy Targets:  Reading
    • Worthy Target 1A: -  By June 30, 2018, the district will develop and implement a systemic Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) as measured by monitoring Terra Nova data and other data sources which contributes to a 10% increase in student growth in Reading.  2017-2018 NWEA Map will be used to measure growth.
    • Worthy Target 1B: By June 30, 2018, 90% of District Teachers (K-8) will establish and implement guided reading groups as measured by the classroom walkthrough tool. 
    • Worthy Target 1C: By June 30, 2018, 90% of district teachers (K-1) will implement Two of the Five Components of Reading Instruction (Phonemic Awareness and Phonics).
    • Worthy Target 1D: By June 30, 2018, 90% of district teachers (2-8) will implement Two of the Five Components of Reading Instruction (Fluency and Comprehension).
  • Worthy Targets:  Math
    • Worthy Target 2A: - By June 30, 2018, the district will develop and implement a systemic Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) as measured by monitoring Terra Nova data and other data sources which contributes to a 10% increase in student growth in Mathematics.  2017-2018 NWEA Map will be used to measure growth.
    • Worthy Target 2B: - By June 30, 2018, 90% of district teachers (K-8) will implement the Constructivist Teaching and Learning Model in mathematics as measured by the classroom walk-through tool.
  •     New local assessment: Northwest Evaluation Association Map Test, (NWEA) administered in the fall, winter and spring
     
  •      New reading series for K-8 Grade (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
     
  •      Professional Development Calendar for all teachers
     
  •      Aimsweb Plus Assessment to determine tier placement and interventions for students
     
  •      New progress monitoring forms to track student growth

III.  Adult Practice Measures

  • Teachers know specifically  what research based practice we are measuring
  • Teachers know specifically what “look fors” in practice

IV.  Student Practice Measures

  • Student measures also monitor the direction we are going
  • Gives us feedback on our progress

V.  Actions/ Interventions         

  • Includes Professional Learning specific to the researched based practice (WT) we are focused on
  • Specific to each stakeholder, describes who is responsible for the action
  • No guess work as to each person’s role
  • Is a road map to what we do and when

Commitment to the plan will ensure our transformation to a growth model and the success of our students!   We are committed to this great work and we look forward to your support in helping us to serve our children better.  Your attendance at meetings, programs and events will allow our children to know and understand that we are a team and we work together for their best interest.  You can view the full District Improvement Plan by clicking on the following link Dolton School District 149 District Improvement Plan.  If you have questions please contact my office at (708) 868-7861.

The last day of school is Monday June 5, 2017 and students are expected to attend the full day. Please encourage your child and or children to read over the summer and practice math facts for example addition, subtraction, multiplication and division at least 15-20 minutes per day. 

Have a safe and fun summer break. 

The first full day of school for students next school year is August 21, 2017. 

We Believe . . . Excellence, Humanization and Pride!

Yours truly,

Dr. Shelly Davis Jones
Superintendent

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