School Innovation & Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance

  • 2019 - 2020

  • Walt Whitman Middle School

  • Region 3

  • Craig Herring, Principal

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

Whitman MS students with disabilities (SWD) will pass each English and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments at a rate that exceeds 75% (English) and 70% (math).

Strategy 1

  • Whitman MS administration and faculty will ensure students with disabilities receive the same standards-based content as general education students.

Strategy 2

  • Whitman MS faculty will implement the workshop model as an instructional framework in English and math.

Strategy 3

  • Whitman MS administrators, coaches, and teacher-leaders will provide ongoing professional development for all teachers for how to support students with disabilities (teacher beliefs, mindset, and efficacy.)

 

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

Whitman MS students will pass the science Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments at a rate of 70%.

Strategy 1

  • Whitman MS faculty will align instruction and assessment directly to the curriculum framework.

Strategy 2

  • Whitman MS faculty will design instruction and assessment that is student centered and allows all students to access content.

Strategy 3

  • Whitman MS faculty will emphasize the mastery the Scientific Method across all units of study.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2020, 100% of instructional units will include rigorous, relevant, and inquiry-based learning experiences as measured by teacher surveys, student work samples, student reflections and classroom visits of implementation of tier 1 instructional expectations. 

Strategy 1

  • Whitman MS faculty will follow tier 1 instructional expectations. 

Strategy 2

  • Whitman MS faculty will align instruction and assessments to International Baccalaureate (IB) objectives and criteria.

Strategy 3

  • Whitman MS faculty will embed discipline-specific literacy skills and learning strategies into instruction to help students access and master content. 

 

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2020, the total number of discipline referrals will decrease by 20% and the disproportionality of referrals for SWD will decrease by 5%.

Strategy 1

  • The Whitman MS community will  incorporate Positive Behavior Approaches to build strong relationships among teachers, students, and staff. 

Strategy 2

  • Whitman MS administrators, coaches, and teacher-leaders will provide ongoing professional development and support to build a caring culture at Whitman.

Strategy 3

  • Whitman MS administrators, coaches and teachers will communicate and enforce a consistent, clear behavior policy. 

 

               For additional information regarding this School Innovation and Improvement Plan, please contact the school principal.