Educational Excellence for All Learners to be Successful Citizens in the Future
“Excellence in Action”
District 518 is a leader in Southwest Minnesota and in the State of Minnesota that provides educational opportunities for all students to be productive global citizens and successful lifelong learners. District 518 will capitalize on opportunities that will lead to student success in school, the region, the state and the world through strong educational programming that meets the goals of the World’s Best Work Force.
District 518 will increase student achievement;
By 2020, having 80% of the identified PK-4 year old children having an early childhood experience, as measured by enrollment within a pre-school program in the community or school district.
- Build communication and create collaborative efforts among early childhood stakeholders.
- Expand and enhance parent involvement initiatives over the next five (5) years through a variety of communication actions and input strategies.
- Develop a common assessment tool for administration to all children at the end of an early childhood experience.
- Increase the contact hours of district early childhood experiences.
- Develop students and families to be active participants in the educational system
- Develop and implement over the next five (5) years additional parent education activities.
By 2020, 80% of students in grades 3-4, who are enrolled by October 1, will be proficient on the Reading MCA assessments.
- Conduct needs assessment to identify strategies to increase reading proficiency.
- Align curriculum to essential standards and state established standards.
- Provide ongoing professional development time for teachers to determine essential outcomes, review student work and data, and develop interventions and enrichments.
By increasing the percentage of students in each group from the current proficiency rate to 60% (all subgroups will meet established targets), as measured by MCAs in Reading and Math.
- Determine and implement staff training for best practice instruction focused on student sub groups.
- Define processes and procedures that promote quality staff development opportunities over the next five (5) years that support continued employee growth.
- Increase student engagement through the use of technology (student learning devices).
- Provide support to assist staff with the integration of technology into the curriculum over the next five (5) years.
- Develop of a technology plan for the next five (5) years that supports the districts learning device implementation and continued skills necessary for student success.
- Ensure that high functioning PLCs are established.
- Staff will utilize summative and formative assessments with students over the next five (5) years through base data that continues to build student understanding and mastery.
- Teachers will over the next five (5) years develop grading practices that support essential learning of standards and skills.
- Ensure that curriculum is aligned to standards and a scope and sequence is determined/followed K-12 in each content area.
- Further training will be offered over the next (5) years that promotes the effective use of data and decision making that increases student mastery of essential standards.
- Develop processes/systems (linked teams) from class, grade/department, building leadership, district leadership, administration, school board.
- Refine the implementation of plans for peer learning support and development over the next five (5) years through the current mentoring, monitoring and training programs.
- Enhance current time allow for staff training that builds on the practices each year that are district priorities.
By 12th grade, where all students will be college and career ready by identifying individual career goals, understanding career options, and determining/enrolling in pre-requisite courses for career pathways, as measured through the completion of a personal learning plan.
- Build capacity and understanding of college and career readiness among mainstream staff.
- Develop systematic logistical processes for submitting/storing/retrieving personal learning plan information.
- Determine baseline expectations for personal learning plan to be developed and reviewed by students.
- Increase student participation in co-curricular activities and events over the next five (5) years by specific strategies which include community service activity.
The High School will have a 100% graduation rate as measured by the annual yearly progress report.
- Ensure that high functioning PLCs are established.
- Ensure that curriculum is aligned to standards as well as scope and sequence is determined and followed K-12 in each content area.
- Increase student graduation and academic growth over the next five (5) years.
By continuing to expect a strong financial practice that supports educational programs, opportunities and development of the entire system.
- Continue conservative practices as addressed in District policy, through fund balance and spending habits.
- Continue communication and transparency to increase community understanding and support.
- Provide fiscal dollars to support the continued growth and development of current and future student success.