School Innovation & Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

Complete ESSER School Funding Plans

ESSER III Grant & School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance

  • 2021 - 2022

  • Walt Whitman Middle School

  • Region 3

  • Dr. Craig Herring, Principal

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas. Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs. Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students. Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding. These strategies are shown below.

ESSER III English Language Arts Strategies

Ensure students are making sufficient progress to be on grade level in English Language Arts (ELA).

Strategy 1

  • ELA Collaborative Learning Teams (CLTs) will implement Workshop Model as a strategy for Tier 1 instruction and increasing classroom engagement.

Strategy 2

  • ELA CLTs will develop authentic assessments using International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) Criteria and Rubrics.

Strategy 3

  • Teams will work with the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) team to support students with Tier 3 interventions.

Strategy 4

  • CLTs will follow the CLT Cycle with fidelity to teach and assess essential standards and identify students for remediation and extension.

 

ESSER III Mathematics Strategies

Ensure students are making sufficient progress to be on grade level in mathematics.

Strategy 1

  • Math CLTs will implement Workshop Model as a strategy for Tier 1 instruction and increasing classroom engagement.

Strategy 2

  • Math CLTs will develop authentic assessments using IBMYP Criteria and Rubrics.

Strategy 3

  • Teams will work with the MTSS team to support students with Tier 3 interventions.

Strategy 4

  • CLTs will follow the CLT Cycle with fidelity to teach and assess essential standards and identify students for remediation and extension.

 

ESSER III Wellness Strategies

Ensure students feel safe, included, and supported in the school environment.

Strategy 1

  • Increase teacher collaboration across disciplines.

Strategy 2

  • Incorporate student voice to support a positive Whitman culture.

Strategy 3

  • Provide increased opportunities for family partnership. 

Strategy 4

  • Increase student engagement and connection with the school. 

All Fairfax County schools are also required to complete an access and opportunity goal as part of their School Innovation and Improvement Plan (SIIP) and can also capture additional goals. These are shown below.

Access & Opportunity End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2022, 100% of students will experience Level 1 Advanced Academics services in all classrooms.

Strategy 1

  • Engage Young Scholars Program to move Whitman from Launching to Developing in 2 out of 4 categories.

Strategy 2

  • Engage CLTs to identify Level 1 Advanced Academics strategies they can use weekly in which students are communicating their thinking through writing, speaking, or collaborating.

 

Science End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By the end of the 2021-2022 school year, 100% of students will score a 3 or higher on Criterion C in the last Science Unit Assessment.

Strategy 1

  • Science CLTs will incorporate the Scientific Method and Experimental Design in each unit.

Strategy 2

  • Science CLTs will conduct and have students complete an experiment and write-up during each unit.

Strategy 3

  • Science teachers will intentionally track data for IBMYP criterion C and conduct data dialogues for reteaching, intervention, and future instruction.
               For additional information regarding this School Innovation and Improvement Plan, please contact the school principal.