Maxfield's School Continuous Improvement Plan
Maxfield's School Continuous Improvement Plan will focus primarily on improving students reading and math. It will also look at the ways we support families.
The table below provides a summary of the Maxfield Elementary School Comprehensive Improvement Plan. The full plan can be found at http://scip.spps.org/
Reading Goal = Reading skills will increase from 18% proficient to 30% proficient by Spring, 2017.
Aligned vocabulary instruction
● In order to readily understand a book, students need to know about 90% of the words in it. That's what makes vocabulary learning and retention such a key piece of reading comprehension.
Use of Close Reading for Differentiated Small Group Instruction and Conferring
● When you close read, you observe facts and details about the text.
● Differentiated instruction provides your child with books that he or she can be successful with and continue improving reading skills.
● Conferring allows your son / daughter to talk with the teacher about what he/she read and share their insights and thinking.
● Fluency is the ability to read text accurately and quickly.
Examination of student work and utilization of small group instruction in the area of writing to support literacy development
● Looking at each student’s written work and providing instruction for that student in a small group setting.
● Instruction will focus on the skills a student needs to not only improve his/her writing but improve their reading.
Math Goal = Math skills will increase from 23% proficient to 28% proficient by Spring, 2017.
Math Facts Program
● Basic math facts ( adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) will be taught in a variety of ways using hand-ons strategies.
● Ongoing practice of math facts will result in fluency for the students.
Differentiated math instruction with emphasis on conceptual understanding using Minnesota State math standards
● Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing testing and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.
● Students must learn mathematics with understanding, actively building new knowledge from experience and prior knowledge.
● Minnesota State Math standards determine which math skills should be taught at each grade level.
Culture, Climate & Behavior
Restorative and trauma informed practices
● Fully implement Innocent Classroom strategies
● Purchase literature resources to support restorative practices and development of social skills
● Build ongoing support and time for mindfulness and restorative practices
● Train staff and require school-wide implementation of the Zones of Regulation to support both prevention and de-escalation
Emphasis on creative, critical, and higher order thinking skills and problem solving
● Create a master schedule that provides every K-5 student with regularly scheduled Creative & Critical Thinking and Science specialist classes
● Creative & Critical Thinking and Science specialists will collaborate and work with classroom teachers to develop a Student Digital Portfolio program.
● Each grade level completes a self-directed project that emphasizes creative, critical, higher order thinking, and problem solving during a week-long residency program with Leonardo's Basement