School Innovation & Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance

  • 2017-2018

  • Walt Whitman Middle School

  • Region 3

  • Craig Herring, Principal

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, based on the pre-assessment data collected from the 7th and 8th grade PENS assessment, 80% of Whitman Middle School students who score within the Tier 3 range will score within the range of Tier 2, and 80% of students who are in Tier 2 will score in the range of Tier 1 as demonstrated by the PENS post-assessment conducted in June 2018.

Strategy 1

  • In keeping with Walt Whitman Middle School’s school-wide focus on sentence writing, all students will demonstrate a progressive command of sentence writing in each class. Students will progress from writing simple sentences to compound sentences, and finally, to complex sentences.

Strategy 2

  • The Whitman MS Leadership Team will continue to focus on supporting and monitoring writing instruction across the curriculum.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2018 school year, 80% of all Whitman MS teachers will be consistent in presenting engaging lessons with 5 out of 5 components of the LEARN model/engagement wheel in three out of four (or five) class sessions per week as measured by observations by the Whitman MS Leadership Team and staff surveys.

Strategy 1

  • Whitman MS will utilize the LEARN/Tovani engagement model to facilitate appropriate allocation of time to lesson components including autonomous student participation and engagement.

Strategy 2

  • Whitman MS teachers will invite students to be active citizens and consider their input in instructional planning as a lever for increasing student engagement.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2018, 80% of Whitman teachers will develop assessments that incorporate at least one of the IB MYP Criteria outlined in each quarter, incorporating all four IB Assessment Criteria by the end of the school year.

Strategy 1

  • The Whitman leadership team will provide professional development opportunities for developing IB assessments and rubrics. 

Strategy 2

  • Whitman MS teachers will work to increase rigor for all students by standardizing assignments and levels of achievement as they relate to the IB rubrics.