In March, 2007 Sherwood School District was one of three Oregon school districts to receive a large Chalkboard Project CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) grant. The intent of the approximate $1.3 million grant was to improve teaching and learning through the development and implementation of creative leadership initiatives ultimately resulting in improved K-12 student achievement and success.
The CLASS Project grant had four required improvement components:
Evaluation, Professional Development, Career Paths, and Compensation. These were all addressed through the collaborative
efforts of seven to ten member design teams consisting of certified, classified,
and administrative educators. These
teams fine-tuned the employee Evaluation Handbooks based on the Danielson
Model, developed Sherwood’s professional development Collaborative Learning
Teams (CLTs) based on the Professional Learning Community design, created additional
leadership opportunities through an improved stipend structure and career
options, and developed an Alternative Compensation (Skip Step) Model where
educators are compensated for work done above and beyond their baseline
While the CLASS Project was fully implemented in 2011, the
impact has been long-lasting and culture changing with high levels of certified
participation in the Career Path Skip Step program, ongoing improvement in
CLTs, the ability to attract and retain the best teachers, support staff, and
administrators, and increased levels of student success.