Winnisquam
Regional School District
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Winnisquam Regional School District 59
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WRSD Strategic Plan & Goals
WRSD Strategic Plan 2014-2019
Student-Driven Strategic Plan
 
 
Vision:
Inspiring students to strive for excellence!
 
Mission:
The WRSD is dedicated to providing all students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and opportunities that enable them to develop their full potential and be successful in meeting their career goals. This is supported by the active engagement of students, parents, teachers, and community members in our students' learning.

Values:
  • Academic Success: All instruction and learning endeavors are student centered and supported by a faculty passionate about preparing students to graduate with the credentials and skills necessary to succeed in today's highly competitive marketplace.
  • Multiple Pathways: Each student's unique needs, desires, and talents require different opportunities and access to experiences to achieve academic and personal success.
  • Civic Responsibility: All students develop the values and sense of responsibility to community that makes them active contributors to the well-being of others and society as a whole.
  • Parent & Community Engagement: Parents and community members provide wisdom, energy, and skills as valued partners who support the school system in its drive to continuously improve performance.
  • Respect: Respect is the foundation of all relationships at Winnisquam, and is actively modeled and expected in all learning environments.
  • Data Informed: Data Informed decision-making is practiced at all levels to ensure that improvement efforts are appropriately targeted and resourced in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Resources: To deliver student success while keeping in mind that taxpayers deserve an optimal return on investment.


Goals & Strategies

#1: ENHANCE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
STRATEGIES

1. Design a stronger core instructional program through the implementation of STAR-the Standardized Test for Assessment of Reading (and Math).
STAR, a widely used assessment system, is designed to help teachers quickly, accurately, and efficiently assess student progress. STAR provides teachers with reliable and valid data instantly, so that they can target instruction, monitor progress, provide appropriate instructional materials, and address at- risk students. To implement STAR a data coach, who will lead a district-wide data team, has been hired.


2. Design, develop and implement an administrator evaluation system aligned with New Hampshire Administrator standards.
Since 21st century educational demands are greater than they've been in the past, our leaders, school administrators and department heads, need to keep pace with the changes necessary for success. Therefore, WRSD is developing an evaluation tool, aligned with our strategic plan to move this district toward a student-centered educational system.

3. Enhance instruction and learning, technology, Common Core standards, and assessments for improved student engagement in the classroom.
All of our young people need to master a much broader range of skills to survive and thrive in a 21st century world. "Response to Instruction", an evidence-based system, helps us track and improve our progress in the student learning process. It enables educators to finely focus instruction on a student's individual needs, maximizing student progress on assessments because of the significant advances in technology and clearer national and state standards.

4. Create a survey that captures the most critical elements for understanding and evaluating student engagement.
Research demonstrates that when students are engaged in their learning, they are more motivated. When they are motivated, learning outcomes improve. As educators, we assist students to take ownership of their own learning, enable them to understand their own strengths and challenges and encourage them to contribute to their community, state, country, and world. The created survey will offer a base-line measurement and a scale to measure our students' levels of engagement. Conversations between teachers and students will further assist in determining what works best for learning, both in and out of the classroom. In time, we hope that students will develop strong leadership skills and assume real-life leadership roles in the school and community

5. Identify and provide guidance on what constitutes a 21st learning environment.
A 21st century learning environment contains four student centered areas. It distinguishes itself by presenting personalized learning, deeper learning, competency-based learning, and anytime-anywhere learning. We will provide skills, knowledge, increased technology, and dispositions for our students to enable them to establish family-sustaining livelihoods and meaningful lives. We will offer our students a quality education that utilizes the assets of our community to offer internships, mentor ships, and service learning.

6. Standards/competency based grading.
Competency and full mastery have replaced grades as the goals of 21st century learning. Success is no longer measured by grades that are barely passing, but by mastering the standards set in each subject area. This mastery ensures us that each student is competent to compete in a global world upon graduation.

7. Design, develop, and implement a teacher evaluation system aligned with the New Hampshire Department of Education criteria.
What are the knowledge, skills, and talents that characterize an effective teacher in a 21st century learning environment? With full competency being measured against clear standards, teachers are challenged to reach every student in the classroom. Fortunately, scientists who have peered directly into the brain understand that people learn in different ways and that multiple strategies must be used to bring every student across the finish line. Our teachers will be employing some of these new instructional strategies, with help from outside experts. A new evaluation tool for teachers will measure their progress toward a set of practices that define an effective student-centered educational system. One thing we know for sure from the research: when teachers are on a steep learning curve, so are their students.

8. Provide the high school with guidance and support in maintaining NEASC accreditation, and create additional learning opportunities for young children.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation requires high standards of education from pre-K to the doctoral level in the six New England states. High schools are required to meet standards in seven different areas: curriculum, instruction, resources, community resources and core values, beliefs and learning expectations. Each of these measures is fully addressed with our shift to student-centered practices. Since NEASC has recently begun to emphasize the importance of pre-K education, we are creating rich learning and developmental opportunities for young children, which will have long term benefits for our community.



#2: OPTIMIZE RESOURCES & INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT LEARNING
STRATEGIES

1. Maintain appropriate levels of training to stay up to date with code changes.
The New Hampshire Department of Education requires schools to complete a survey every three years to make sure that we are fulfilling the state's minimum requirements with regard to health and safety, This includes fire code compliancy, safe entrances and exits, adequate kitchen facilities, updated water and electrical systems, and environments free of asbestos, mold and other toxic substances.

2. Create and implement a survey that captures the most critical areas related to effective time and resource allocation in the district, and employ an ongoing process to set and adjust priorities.
Recognizing how quickly current educational programming and their impact can change and become less effective, we are committed to reviewing programs often to maximize and organize these programs to provide greatest benefit to the district. We constantly adjust our budget to match our educational priorities.

3. Optimize the functioning of internal operations for efficiency, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness.
There is a well-planned process for continuous improvement in place. This process includes: deploying human resources, utilizing technology, leveraging outside resources, meeting key priorities, maintaining facilities, using energy, reporting finances, improving software and hardware, and managing time.



#3: IMPROVE INTERNAL & EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
STRATEGIES

1. Create and implement an internal communications plan.
A core competency that is often neglected in school settings is communications. A strong internal communications infrastructure is an important indication of a high functioning system. We are carefully assessing how we communicate within and across our buildings, to ensure that information is timely, accurate, relevant, and engaging. We are continually evaluating and improving our technology capabilities, including our website.

2. Create and implement an external communications plan.
Schools exist within a community and that community is dependent on well prepared and solidly educated students to meet the demands of maintaining a healthy community. Business leaders are dependent on the schools to provide employees and the students are dependent on the business for employment. Recently, we developed a robust communications plan and hired a communications consultant to help build public understanding of student-centered learning that will meet the demands of 21st century life.

3. Enhance instruction and learning, technology, Common Core standards, and assessments for improved student engagement in the classroom.
All of our young people need to master a much broader range of skills to survive and thrive in a 21st century world. "Response to Instruction", an evidence-based system, helps us track and improve our progress in the student learning process. It enables educators to finely focus instruction on a student's individual needs, maximizing student progress on assessments because of the significant advances in technology and clearer national and state standards.

4. Create a survey that captures the most critical elements for understanding and evaluating student engagement.
Research demonstrates that when students are engaged in their learning, they are more motivated. When they are motivated, learning outcomes improve. As educators, we assist students to take ownership of their own learning, enable them to understand their own strengths and challenges and encourage them to contribute to their community, state, country, and world. The created survey will offer a base-line measurement and a scale to measure our students' levels of engagement. Conversations between teachers and students will further assist in determining what works best for learning, both in and out of the classroom. In time, we hope that students will develop strong leadership skills and assume real-life leadership roles in the school and community

5. Identify and provide guidance on what constitutes a 21st learning environment.
A 21st century learning environment contains four student centered areas. It distinguishes itself by presenting personalized learning, deeper learning, competency-based learning, and anytime-anywhere learning. We will provide skills, knowledge, increased technology, and dispositions for our students to enable them to establish family-sustaining livelihoods and meaningful lives. We will offer our students a quality education that utilizes the assets of our community to offer internships, mentor ships, and service learning.

6. Standards/competency based grading.
Competency and full mastery have replaced grades as the goals of 21st century learning. Success is no longer measured by grades that are barely passing, but by mastering the standards set in each subject area. This mastery ensures us that each student is competent to compete in a global world upon graduation.

7. Design, develop, and implement a teacher evaluation system aligned with the New Hampshire Department of Education criteria.
What are the knowledge, skills, and talents that characterize an effective teacher in a 21st century learning environment? With full competency being measured against clear standards, teachers are challenged to reach every student in the classroom. Fortunately, scientists who have peered directly into the brain understand that people learn in different ways and that multiple strategies must be used to bring every student across the finish line. Our teachers will be employing some of these new instructional strategies, with help from outside experts. A new evaluation tool for teachers will measure their progress toward a set of practices that define an effective student-centered educational system. One thing we know for sure from the research: when teachers are on a steep learning curve, so are their students.

8. Provide the high school with guidance and support in maintaining NEASC accreditation, and create additional learning opportunities for young children.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation requires high standards of education from pre-K to the doctoral level in the six New England states. High schools are required to meet standards in seven different areas: curriculum, instruction, resources, community resources and core values, beliefs and learning expectations. Each of these measures is fully addressed with our shift to student-centered practices. Since NEASC has recently begun to emphasize the importance of pre-K education, we are creating rich learning and developmental opportunities for young children, which will have long term benefits for our community.
Winnisquam
Regional School District
433 West Main Street Tilton, NH 03276
Phone: (603) 286-4116  |   Fax: (603) 286-7402
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