We believe that students matter most in our community and that they
each deserve the best education possible to fulfill their highest
potentials.We believe that to break the link between poverty, race and
academic performance, equality of high expectations must be met by
equitable allocation of talented educators, leaders, resources and
supports. We believe that our schools alone cannot give students what
they deserve and need to succeed. As partners, mentors, stakeholders and
community members, we are all empowered to work together for our
Equity - the urgent need to focus on equity and to close achievement
gaps linked to race and poverty is described in Breaking the
Link, "...equity is not the same as equality. In some instances, equity
means giving those with less more: more time for learning, more highly
effective teachers to reduce learning gaps, more access to challenging
classes. At the same time, CMS aims to provide access to excellent
educational opportunities for every child. Each student's needs may be
different, but those needs should be met at every school in CMS."
Culture – all school districts are made up of people working together
for academic achievement – students, teachers, parents, families,
staff, leaders and partners. Regardless of background, people of any age
who feel and see their identities reflected in the work they are doing
and who feel connected to each other can transform lives through
education. The diversity of the K-12 educational experience must reflect
the diversity of the community at all levels.
The mission of CMS is to create an innovative, inclusive,
student-centered environment that supports the development of
independent learners. The vision of CMS is to lead the community in
educational excellence, inspiring intellectual curiosity, creativity,
and achievement so that all students reach their full potential. (C-M
Board of Education, 2018)
Every student graduates with meaningful employment or higher education opportunities.
Every student has access to a rich, diverse and rigorous curriculum.
Every student has access to more social and emotional supports.
Two strategies provide direction for detailed work plans in schools
and departments: 1) focus on what matters most – the content, teachers
and students of our instructional core; 2) manage our performance.
We will focus on what matters most to academic achievement – theinstructional core.
Student – how students participate in their own education
Teacher - knowledge and skill of the teacher
Content - level and complexity of the content students are asked to learn
Strategy 1 tactics
1. Guarantee a viable curriculum for everystudent in all schools across the district.
Why? A consistent K-12 curriculum supports clear expectations and outcomes.
2. Challenge students to reach their full potential with rigorous tasks and work.
Why? High expectations boost student achievement regardless of student background.
3. Teach students in ways that reflect their cultures, identities and experiences.
Why? Students learn best when we meet them where they are in life through the work they do.
4. Increase social and emotional and mental health learning resources and access.
Why? Students face enormous pressures today that candistract them from learning.
5. Personalize learning for students to meet their unique needs.
Why? Students learn in different ways and succeed when we build on their strengths.
6. Clear the way for students' focus on learning with interventions proven to work.
Why? Opportunities for growth are lost when time is taken away from learning.
7. Put grade-level texts at the center of teaching in every classroom.
Why? Studies show use of grade-level texts boost overall student achievement.
8. Support teachers with development and learning equal to performance expectations.
Why? Teachers must be equipped to meet students' varied needs to succeed.
9. Connect our non-instructional staff to ourcommon cause around education.
Why? The work of every CMS team member affects teaching and learning.
1. Graduate 100% of students
89% → 95% of students graduate with their 4-year cohort
27% → 75% of students graduate with at least one DPI endorsement
2. Cut achievement gaps on indicators of college and career
readiness in key transition years on end of grade assessments by at
least half (50%) overall and for each sub-group 3rd grade
47% → 80% on English/Language Arts
44% → 72% on English/Language Arts
60% → 80% on Math
42% → 71% on English/Language Arts
24% → 62% on Math
3. Increase access to rigorous coursework overall and for each sub-group
31% → 60% students completing Math 1 by the end of 8th grade
47% → 75% graduates completing at least one college level course
We will build on strengths, adapt new ways of working and measure our progress.
1. Develop a district performance management system.
Why? When we are clear about what success looks like, how we work and measure progress, we will improve overall performance.
2. Implement a continuous improvement program.
Why? If we can adapt to improve based on shared plans, measurable outcomes and clear communications, we can improve each year.
3. Create detailed work plans in every school and department aligned to strategic plan.
Why? Clear expectations, accountability and connection to common goals drive collaboration.
4. Clarify roles in the delivery of education across the district.
Why? When we all focus on strengthening the instructional core, we canmake greater impact.
District leaders will collaboratively create a shared vision of
strong instructional practice and provide the resources educators need
to strengthen content, teachers and students.
Principals and their instructional leadership teams (ILTs) will
create strong school-based cultures of instructional practice, and
provide teachers with the climate, coaching, feedback, direction, tools,
training and support they need to succeed.
Teachers will understand CMS's expectations of student learning, know
what to teach and how to teach it to meet our goals and targets.
Students from diverse backgrounds will show higher levels of learning, intellectual prowess and achievement.
Studies of high-performing organizations show that when team
members understand how their work is important to overall goals and why
their work matters to overall outcomes, measurements of satisfaction and
referrals for employment rise.
60% → 75% of employees report highest job satisfaction
50% → 75% of employees refer others to work at CMS
71% → 75% of school-age children in Mecklenburg attend a CMS school
The community spoke. A series of community workshops and small group
meetings including parents, students, partners and community residents
were held during 2017-2018 to gather input on the 2024 strategic plan
focused on gathering ideas to help "break the link" between poverty,
race and academic achievement in our community.
CMS staff collaborated. Educators and staff members worked together
in a series of workshops internally to create key steps for action to be
included in the 2024 strategic plan. These ideas have been sorted by
department and school level to be included in work plans.
We will create work plans. Detailed work plans with measures for
performance management to meet our targets and goals will be created for
each CMS department and school, drawing on the 2024 Strategic Plan for
guidance and including the work of the community and internal work
Thank you to our students, their families, our community, our
partners, and our staff for sharing feedback, pushing us to do better,
and holding us accountable to results. Our students are what matters
most – this plan is for them.