Key Strategies and Tactics - Updated Version
Each focus area in Strategic Plan 2014: Teaching Our Way to the Top is supported by key strategies and tactics. Below are listed the six key strategies and supporting tactics for Focus Area One: Effective Teaching and Leadership.
Key Strategy 1.1 1: Clearly define and measure teacher effectiveness.
||Develop multidimensional measures of teacher effectiveness in tested and non-tested subjects and grades.|
||Create a system to link students to their teachers, so that student performance and teacher performance are connected.|
||Incorporate effectiveness measures into the district's data reports to external and internal stakeholders.|
||Create a communications plan to explain the measures to stakeholders and how they are calculated.|
||Conduct further research on the teacher workforce in CMS as follow-up to the Harvard Study results.|
Key Strategy 1.1.2: Develop a measure for a year's worth of growth for every subject and grade level.
||Provide teachers with student work samples to gauge the rigor of student work in all subjects and grade levels.|
||Develop assessments for all non-tested subjects and grade levels.|
Key Strategy 1.1.3: Base teacher recruitment and selection on effectiveness, not on qualifications.
||Define a highly effective teacher applicant, using additional data collection from candidates. |
||Establish teaching camps, in which applicants teach in front of a selection panel before being placed in the hiring pool. |
Key Strategy 1.1.4: Provide access to training that is tailored to student and teacher learning needs.
||Develop training for PreK-12 teachers to provide a variety of instructional strategies, so that all student needs are met (Differentiation Academy).|
||Train all teachers in the effective use of data to monitor student learning (Data Wise). |
||Provide training modules for K-12 teachers to address rigor in instruction.|
||Design and implement training for teachers that focuses on parent involvement and how to effectively engage families in the learning process.|
||Refine and expand district-wide instructional coaching models.|
||Use professional learning communities throughout CMS. Professional learning communities focus on student learning, working collaboratively and emphasizing results.|
||Design and implement a Response to Instruction (RtI) model for CMS that will help teachers adjust instruction as needed for struggling students.|
||Implement the Big6 inquiry-based research model in kindergarten through 12th grade.|
||Design teacher professional development that is linked to effectiveness as defined by the pay for performance measures.|
Key Strategy 1.1.5: Recruit and retain top talent for school-level positions.
|Define skills needed in an effective educator, using research from the national Measuring Effective Teaching study.|
Partner with Education Resource Strategies (ERS) to develop a comprehensive staffing model.
||Implement the Strategic Staffing Initiative and staffing for Title I schools with New Leaders for New Schools, Leaders for Tomorrow and Teach for America.|
||Partner with New Leaders for New Schools to design a selection process for assistant principals and principals.|
||Recruit and hire effective educators based on student-achievement data.|
||Utilize Harvard study and follow-up research results to modify recruiting and hiring practices.|
Key Strategy 1.1.6: Ensure that school leaders have the ability and resources to meet the needs of students and teachers.
||Provide training and ongoing support through learning communities. |
Train all school-based instructional leaders in the Data Wise process.
||Design a five-year principal-induction program.|
||Design training modules to address each area of the School Quality Review process.|
||Expand opportunities for principal innovation through Freedom and Flexibility with Accountability.|