Sherwood administrators share school improvement plans with Board

posted Nov 5, 2012, 1:12 PM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Nov 5, 2012, 3:01 PM ]
Annual School Improvement Dinner results in meaningful conversation about school improvement.

On Monday October 29th, the Sherwood School District hosted its annual School Improvement Dinner.  School Board members, building and district office administrators, teachers, classified staff, and parents discussed school goals and the plans for achieving them over the course of the evening.  

Schools in Oregon are required to create formal plans for improvement each school year called School Improvement Plans, or SIPs.  Each school, along with the school’s Site Council, creates a plan.  The schools craft measurable goals and plan specific and targeted activities to achieve them.  All of the plans are aligned to Sherwood School’s Board of Directors goal:  Every student will meet his or her individual growth targets in reading, writing, and math.

The evening started with a brief overview by Chief Academic Officer Gary Bennett, but the more substantive conversations occurred in small groups where Board members were paired with schools to dive deeply into the plans and ask questions.  It provided an opportunity for members of the Board to gain a rich understanding of the work being completed in our schools.

One notable aspect is the focus of the SIPs on the District’s three main initiatives:  proficiency-based teaching and learning, transition to the Common Core State Standards, and instructional technology.  These are the three main initiatives chosen by district leaders as the means of achieving the lofty goal set by the Board.  “SIPs are like values statements and direct us in how to use our precious resources.  By aligning our SIPs to our three initiatives and directing our resources accordingly, it brings focus to the organization.  Everyone knows where we are going and how we plan to get there,” said Mr. Bennett during his opening remarks.

You can view the individual School Improvement Plans by going to each school’s website.