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QUAKERTOWN COMMUNITY

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Strategic Plan

Midpoint Update

September 30, 2010

Our mission is to maximize the achievement of each student

and to empower all students to become productive citizens.

Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve


GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Continue, develop, implement and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #1

SPECIFIC RESULT: Every QCSD student will meet or exceed district benchmarks at every grade level.

Measurement: Standardized achievement data (PSSA/PASA scores), benchmark assessment scores,

course enrollment data.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Expand the utilization of a data system that

allows communication of student

achievement and progress across grade

levels and buildings.

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Strengthen the tracking mechanism for

communication of interventions that have

occurred for individual students in previous

grade levels.

Develop an accountability system that

ensures that learning and formative

assessment data is being used effectively in

every classroom prior to summative

assessments.

Benchmark (summative) assessments will be

used to measure the standards for every

core subject area.

Complete the development of summative

benchmark assessments in related studies.

Increase middle school and high school

student enrollment in the most rigorous

level (i.e. AP, Honors, dual enrollment).

Create systemic enrichment opportunities

for students who consistently perform at an

advanced level.

Prepare every student to demonstrate

proficiency or score advanced on the

proposed PA Graduation Competency

Assessments in English, Math, Science, and

Social Studies and/or the 11 th grade PSSA

through a rich and rigorous curriculum.

Pearson Inform Implemented 08-09

Considering new platform to integrate with PowerSchool

Elementary – Record keeping in RtI model

Middle School – IST model

High School – Individual Success Plans rolled over

QCSD Teacher Evaluation Form and Teacher

Performance Incentive require that each teacher be

evaluated on this. Curriculum audits also ask for

evidence of formative assessments.

SBG learning Target data housed in PowerSchool.

Expectations included in SBG Playbooks and Clarification

of Required Grading Practices.

Math (grades 1-8, alg. I, alg. II, geometry); Reading (K-

11); Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space

Science, & Environmental Science)

QCSD will pilot Keystone Exams

Increased enrollment in honors, AP courses, & dual

enrollment courses. Project Lead the Way continues to

grow. Unlimited Cyber offerings. SpringBoard RELA

curriculum in grades 8, 9, & 10 aligned to SAT & AP.

VHS & Infinity Cyber School.

Increased number and variety of rigorous course

offerings also addressed this need.

Every course is aligned to the PA standards. Standardsbased

grading Learning Targets indicates where students

are proficient or need work regarding preparation for

the PSSA or Keystone Exams.

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GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Continue, develop, implement and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #2

SPECIFIC RESULT: Implement the time and curricular structures necessary at each level (PreK-12+) to optimize

student achievement.

Measurement: Time and curricular structures have been evaluated and optimized. Student

achievement has increased.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Establish a committee to research the time

structures (e.g. block scheduling, looping, 4

day cycle, comprehensive vo-tech, etc.)

utilized by high performing PreK-12+ schools

and recommend actions.

Determine the feasibility of implementing full

day kindergarten.

Research the curricular structures (e.g.

leveling, IB curriculum, AP, comprehensive votech,

etc.) of high performing schools and

recommend actions.

Implement the recommendations of the

committees regarding time structures of high

performing schools.

Implement the recommendations of the

committees regarding curricular structures of

high performing schools.

Based on research, teacher input, and work with the

curriculum office and administrators, the high school

implemented a new schedule to maximize student

opportunities for all students, while reducing costs.

The middle schools also made some schedule

adjustments that reduced costs and provided different

opportunities for students.

On hold due to budget constraints.

Increased AP, Dual Enrollment, and Cyber offerings.

Increased rigor and opportunities for our vo-tech

students.

Implemented September 2009

Implemented September 2009. Results reported.

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GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Continue, develop, implement and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #3

SPECIFIC RESULT: Utilize specific protocols to evaluate the effectiveness of educational initiatives and modify

current programs.

Measurement: Initiatives will have a defined mechanism and criteria for evaluation.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Completed in 2008 for math; Intensive study done in

1 Create and implement a graduate survey. cooperation with National Student Clearinghouse and

NSF on graduate follow-up.

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Implementation of Pearson Benchmark assisted with

Formalize the process of analyzing and

this step. Learning Facilitators & Principals ongoing

reporting data from benchmark assessments

work with teachers on this.

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Develop a data collection and management

system that will provide timely, user friendly

data for school and district decision making,

communication, and public reporting

purposes.

Refine annual assessment reporting to include

a summary of new initiative implementation.

Define criteria for measuring growth/ success

prior to the implementation of any new

instructional initiative

Create a building level portfolio of authentic

work pieces for each student in order to

document value-added learning.

Continuously examine the correlation between

benchmark assessment data, standardized test

results (e.g. PSSA/PASA/ACT), and grade

achievement.

Power School

SharePoint implementation is started.

Reported annually as part of Superintendent Goals.

Use of PSSA, SAT, AP (high school), end of course

grades, drop outs, and other criteria per NCLB

Reevaluate purpose and logistics of this goal.

Administrative staff training Summer 2008. Principals

regularly work with individual teachers and in small

groups to analyze these results. Hanover Research

Study completed and reported. EAC studied how each

building is using its data. Correlation Report on PSSA

with SBG for 2010-2011 District Goal.

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GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Continue, develop, implement, and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #4

SPECIFIC RESULT: Implement a Pre-K through 12+ systemic intervention structure.

Measurement: More students score proficient or advanced, value added data and local assessments

demonstrate growth and lower retention, remediation, course repetition and dropout rates.

Increased evidence of differentiation reflected in lesson plans, lesson observations and assessments.

More teachers score in the distinguished range for differentiation on the year end evaluation.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Establish a committee that will research alternative

methods for educating disenfranchised students and

recommend programs for implementation.

Completed

Options Academy, Ombudsman, and

Infinity Cyber Implemented

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Implement the recommended programs for

alternative education at the secondary level.

Establish a committee charged with the responsibility

to research and create a pyramidal response to

intervention.

Establish student behavioral and academic criteria for

mandated intervention.

Implement the recommended pyramidal response to

intervention.

Require differentiated instruction within every

classroom to meet the needs of individual students.

Explore the implementation of technology (cyber

options, distance learning) to augment enrichment

and remediation needs.

Options Academy, Ombudsman, and

Infinity Cyber Implemented

Elementary –RtI

Middle School – Strayer Strong, Milford

Matters, & instructional support process

High School – individualized success

plans & PRIDE groups.

Elementary –RtI

Middle School – Strayer Strong, Milford

Matters, & instructional support process

High School – individualized success

plans

Elementary –RtI

Middle School – Strayer Strong, Milford

Matters, & instructional support process

High School – individualized success

plans

Part of Supervision Plan. Standardsbased

grading and formative assessment

facilitate this and are reflected in

evaluation.

Options Academy

Infinity Cyber

Compass Learning for Summer School

Rollout of 21 st Century initiative at the

Freshman Center.

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GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVMENT

Continue, develop, implement and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #5

SPECIFIC RESULT: Employ a grading policy focused on reporting achievement of standards.

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Measurement: A system of reporting achievement of standards is in effect in all QCSD buildings.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Survey staff to gain understanding of present

Data gathered 2008. Results indicated need

grading practices including what is measured

for consistent grading practice.

and how it is calculated.

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Provide staff development with goals of

distinguishing between formative and

summative assessments and determining what

evidence is used for standards based grading.

Implement a policy and practice where work

ethic/dispositions are reported separately from

achievement of standards.

Research existing standards based report card

formats and technology tools to find a

compatible format for QCSD.

Identify what learning objectives will be

assessed for each unit within a grade level or

subject area and modify PCS.

Redesign assessments and planned course

statements as they relate to standards.

Conduct a pilot of changes to report card format

prior to full implementation.

Provide staff development on changes to report

card system.

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Educate the public about a standards based

system.

Examine the current weighting system for high

school course work to encourage students to

take more rigorous courses.

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Curriculum days dedicated to standardsbased

grading, formative assessment, and

aligning curriculum to standards to determine

evidence. SBG immersion, study group, and

individual instruction as needed.

International experts were brought in on this

topic.

Implemented with standards-based grading

through Power School in 2009-10.

PowerSchool implementation, SBG

committee, Learning Facilitators, &

Curriculum Office.

Implemented fall 2009. Completed by

teachers, Learning Facilitators, & Curriculum

Office.

All courses are aligned to standards. This is

an ongoing process.

2009-2010 school year; Refined 2010-2011

school year.

5/19/09, Standards-based Grading

Committee, Playbooks for teachers, Power

School Training August 2009

Public meetings, outside expert evaluation,

student feedback groups, brochures,

presentations, Playbooks posted for parents,

ongoing updates on webpage regarding

progress.

Ongoing


GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Continue, develop, implement, and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #6

SPECIFIC RESULT: Establish technology rich K-12 instructional environments that will advance student

collaboration, creativity and authentic learning.

Measurement: Rate of usage through computer lab log (also indicate inability to access), use, tech

work orders, needs assessments,

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Develop a protocol to measure the use of

existing technology.

Utilization study completed; teacher evaluations

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Implement a protocol to evaluate the use of Utilization study data collection in

existing and emergent technology.

October/November 2009

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Install wireless network access in Senior High

and Freshmen Center.

Senior High and Freshman Center Complete

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Install wireless network access in middle

schools.

Deferred due to Budget Constraints; Scheduled 2010

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Install wireless network access in elementary

schools.

Deferred due to Budget Constraints; Scheduled 2010

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Expand appropriate utilization of technology

resources that will be available through the Completed

county wide technology consortium.

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Ensure equitable allocation of emergent

New resources only acquired via CFF and Technology

technologies by using a phase-in process of

One to One Initiative

distribution.

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GOAL #1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Continue, develop, implement and support effective programs and strategies that meet the

specific needs of every student and that result in increased student achievement.

ACTION PLAN #7

SPECIFIC RESULT: Establish a K-12 technology literacy program to prepare students for academic and work

place readiness.

Measurement: Evaluate technology literacy program through teacher observations, technology rich

lessons/projects, evaluation of student work during collaboration, use of technology within graduation

project and hardware and software usage.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Incorporate technology integration into

21 st Century Learning Facilitator and Building

planned course statements through the

Technology Facilitator positions created.

curriculum review cycle.

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Implement the Technology Skills Matrix to

ensure that each student masters grade level Under development

technology skills.

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Evaluate the relevance and appropriateness

of the activities that are being conducted Ongoing through curriculum cycle.

within curriculum.

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Map technology skills integration across

Ongoing through curriculum cycle.

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content areas and across grade levels.

Ensure that technology resources that

accompany and/or complement curricular

materials and programs are used.

Revise the Technology Skills Matrix on an

ongoing basis to ensure that emergent

technology skills are included as expected

skills for students.

Annual review of appropriateness of Study Island,

Everyday Math Games Online, Everyday Math software

Under development

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GOAL #2: COMMUNICATION

Implement and support methods for improved communication with all stakeholders.

ACTION PLAN #1

SPECIFIC RESULT: Develop and establish a communication plan that facilitates appropriate communication

for all stakeholders and promotes our district, schools, students, faculty, and staff.

Measurement: Needs assessment will be completed with an analysis of the results, a

Communications Plan will be in place, point person will be identified, public relations plan will be in

place, Mission Statement and core Belief Statements will be shared in multiple ways, an investigation

of a cable channel will be completed and implemented if feasible.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Conduct a communication needs assessment for Completed 07-08

internal and external stakeholders.

school year

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Analyze common needs of all stakeholders, based on Completed 07-08

needs assessment.

school year

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Identify a point person(s) for the district responsible

Completed 07-08

for developing and implementing a district

school year

communication plan to facilitate a better exchange of

Ricki Stein

information between all stakeholders.

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Identify personnel at each building to facilitate

effective communication with the district point person.

Design and implement a Public Relations plan for the

dissemination of accurate information throughout the

QCSD community.

Design a process for sharing the QCSD Mission

Statement and core Belief Statements.

Investigate the feasibility of a community cable

channel and make recommendations.

Maximize appropriate communications media

including, but not limited to, cable television,

newspaper, Internet, podcasts, radio, and newsletter.

Completed 07-08

school year

Completed 07-08

school year

Completed 08-09 – mission statement on

every QCSD website homepage.

Completed 08-09. Will be implemented with

looping news videos on Comcast in 09-10

through Multimedia Productions course at

QCHS. Media production class scheduled for

2010-2011.

Ongoing, since 07-08, with frequent news

releases and invitations to the local media to

cover school district events. Weekly

QCommuniqué newsletter posted on website

and e-mailed to inside and outside

stakeholders. Recognized for Excellence by

PSBA.

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GOAL #2: COMMUNICATION

Implement and support methods for improved communication with all stakeholders.

ACTION PLAN #2

SPECIFIC RESULT: Strengthen or create customer service protocols for all stakeholders.

Measurement: An employee(s) will manage a central registration process, Electronic Citizen’s

Guides will be available for community members, and a system will be in place to alert parents about

critical events occurring in the district.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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Create an effective and efficient centralized

registration process, which includes a building Instituted Spring 09

visitation option.

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Identify and appoint an employee to handle Instituted Spring 09

centralized registration.

Pam Fothergill

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Develop a district-wide process for acclimating

students and families to QCSD schools.

Under investigation.

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Increase awareness of each school’s before and

after school programs and activities.

Community Page on Website

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Create printable electronic Citizen’s Guides to

QCSD.

Develop a communication protocol such as, but

not limited to, a technology based emergency

notification system, for dissemination of

sensitive/emergency information.

Increase staff members’ awareness of the

impact of their customer interactions on the

District’s image.

Started Spring ’09, occasional “backside” of

QCommuniqué with information for senior citizen

taxpayers with no internet access.

Instituted Winter 08 with Connect Ed

Ongoing, starting in Spring ’08 through weekly

emails from Community Relations Coordinator to all

users.

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GOAL #2: COMMUNICATION

Implement and support methods for improved communication with all stakeholders.

ACTION PLAN #3

SPECIFIC RESULT: Encourage and ensure continuous, proactive, accurate, and relevant communication

between the district and the community.

Measurement: District personnel will attend local community organization meetings, the role of the

CAC will be clearly defined, school board information will be effectively communicated, and

community members will find district-wide information on the web site.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Create a plan to increase district contacts with

Ongoing. Adding email contacts to News@QCSD.org

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for weekly email blasts.

Senior Center, …)

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Define the role of the Citizen’s Advisory Council

(CAC).

Explore and implement possible options for

communicating school board information via

television and the Internet.

Post the Superintendent’s Newsletter in a

prominent location on the district web site.

Post relevant data from the district

Communication Plan in a prominent location on

the district web site.

Evaluate the effectiveness of the current

website for content and ease of use and make

changes based on results of the needs

assessment.

Replaced with District Parent Advisory Council and

board advisory committees

Updates on topical information are posted on the

district web page.

Annual letter posted in August.

Surveys indicated stakeholders interested in school

building news more than administrative news on a

regular basis.

Completed. Strategic Plan updates posted on the

Community section of the website.

New website design completed Spring 08. Updated

several times a week. Recognized for Excellence by

PSBA in 2009.

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GOAL #2: COMMUNICATION

Implement and support methods for improved communication with all stakeholders.

ACTION PLAN #4

SPECIFIC RESULT: Improve access to relevant information for students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Measurement: Parents and students will have 24/7 access to grades, student handbook information

will clearly communicate district and school procedures, and district web sites will be up to date.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Investigate and implement solutions that will PowerSchool purchased

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provide parent(s)/guardian and students Teacher implementation Fall 2009

secure access to grades and other

Parent Portal Fall 2009 for secondary

appropriate information.

Parent Portal scheduled for Fall 2010 for elementary

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Maximize use of and access to student

handbooks to effectively communicate Handbooks posted online

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district and building policies and procedures.

All teachers and administrators will

maximize their web sites as a

communication and team building tool.

Implemented Summer 08

Teacher Performance Incentive Goal 2008-2009

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GOAL #3: STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Provide a variety of staff development programs that empower the staff to grow professionally

and that support district initiatives.

ACTION PLAN #1: TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

SPECIFIC RESULT: To provide training in specific areas of technology integration to enable the professional

staff to implement the use of technology appropriately.

Measurement: Increase in technology integration planned for as evidenced in lesson planning,

increased use of technology utilized by students, increased amount of online collaboratively planned

lesson plans through workshops, increased use of technology on professional development days.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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The professional staff will take an online needs

assessment with related technology questions to survey Completed

their needs in integration.

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A technology team will analyze the needs assessment

results and create technology integration workshops to Meetings held Spring 2010, plan developed.

address the technology needs of all professional staff.

The professional staff will utilize programs/software

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available to analyze student data and make instructional

Ongoing work with curriculum office,

and curricular decisions. Staff development will be

learning facilitators, & principals to train

offered in utilizing, but not limited to the following:

teachers through a variety of venues.

Pearson Inform, Pearson Benchmark, E-metric, Grow

Network, SNAP Health, PVAAS

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The curriculum review process will be used to research,

implement, and evaluate appropriate software.

• Professional staff members will receive staff

development.

Ongoing

• Professional staff members will be encouraged to

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analyze and evaluate use.

The professional staff will learn, plan with technology

representative, implement with support, reflect upon

use, and revise integration of technology for future use.

Technology integration workshops will continuously

enhance this process.

Provide training to enable professional staff to

seamlessly integrate technology in each of the following:

• Professional Development Days

District Planning Committees

• New Teacher Academy Sessions

Provide staff development in utilizing the Technology

Skills Development Matrix.

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Ongoing

Classrooms for the Future trained a cadre of

high school teachers on professional

development days.

Additional efforts via the 21 st Century

Learning Facilitator and through the

Freshman Center training for the 21 st

Century initative.

Completed


GOAL #3: STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Provide a variety of staff development programs that empower the staff to grow professionally

and that support district initiatives.

ACTION PLAN #2: TEACHER LEADERS

SPECIFIC RESULT: To establish and maintain a system for developing, inspiring, training, and supporting

teacher leaders and/or trainers.

Measurement: Increased number of teacher leaders offering staff development and building level

support, greater buy-in to district initiatives, ongoing structure of training of trainers meetings,

increased collaboration among teachers at different levels.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Structure and implement an ongoing, flexible

teacher leadership group in learning about

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professional development, adult learners, and

Use of MyLearningPlan for teachers to monitor

implementation of sustained professional

their professional growth. Professional Learning

education. This may include, but is not limited to

Practice training.

initiatives and district level committees such as:

Pulse professional learning community will be

• Reading and Writing across Content Areas

implemented 2008-2009

• Differentiated Instruction

Educational Advisory Committee

• Collaboration

Classrooms for the Future

• Diversity

Technology Learning Facilitator

• Student Achievement

Building Technology facilitators

• Data-driven instruction

Standards-based grading committee

• Act 48 Committee

• Curriculum Council

• Teaching Excellence Committee

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Regularly schedule “training of trainers” sessions

throughout the year to outline workshop

presentation expectations.

Establish a mechanism to identify individuals

interested in leadership roles within the district.

• Volunteer

• Recruited

Develop guidelines for teacher leadership group

for roles and responsibilities.

• Assisting collaboration groups

• Conducting staff development

• Encouraging peer coaching

• Communicating best practices through

faculty meetings

Provide teachers with peer contacts with

expertise in particular subject areas.

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Building Technology facilitators

Learning Facilitators

K-12 Coordinators

Standards-based Grading Committee

Act 48 Committee

Building Technology facilitators

Learning Facilitators

K-12 Coordinators

Standards-based Grading Committee

Act 48 Committee

Building Technology facilitators

EAC representative, Learning facilitators,

Building Technology facilitator


GOAL #3: STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Provide a variety of staff development programs that empower the staff to grow professionally

and that support district initiatives.

ACTION PLAN #3: INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENT

SPECIFIC RESULT: To provide training in focused areas of instructional improvement and professional

development as identified by the QCSD Needs Assessment and PSSA data.

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Measurement: Increased number of best practices in instruction as evidenced through formal

observation process, increased examination of data by teachers in planning for lessons, increased

collaboration among teachers at different levels, increased number of newly hired teachers feeling

comfortable with QCSD, increased number of alternative staff development methods through teacher

collaboration groups.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Provide staff development to prepare staff at all levels to analyze Administrative Staff

student performance data to:

Professional Development,

• Identify strengths

Summer 2008.

• Plan to enhance strengths

Principals work with teachers

• Target needs

through collaboration.

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Staff will establish priority goals to address weaknesses in student

performance.

Professional staff will address instructional strategies and alter

instruction, when necessary, to improve student performance by:

• Discussing assessment data

• Examining assessment anchors/eligible content

• Using data to identify needs

• Utilizing Grow Network

• Altering instruction based upon student needs such as

learning styles, readiness, learner profiles

• Collaboratively sharing teaching techniques, research, best

practices, and results

• Examining lessons and resulting student work through the

Tuning Protocol

• Continuously improving instructional lessons

• Providing remediation to those in need

• Continuously examine current trends

• Examining curriculum to meet both state and student needs.

Provide multiple staff development support for professional staff that

influence classroom management which include, but are not limited

to:

• Behavioral Management Strategies

• Crisis Prevention Intervention Training.

Provide training for professional staff in understanding the various

roles that benchmark, formative, and summative assessments play.

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Conducted annually as part of

teacher performance incentive

and individual goals.

Ongoing as part of teacher

goals but scaled back due to

budget cuts with the loss of

collaboration time.

Ongoing through the Special

Education Department.

Ongoing. Enhanced by

Standards-based Grading


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Provide training for professional staff on utilizing formative

assessments to improve the quality of a student’s schooling

experience by:

• Identifying outcomes

• Providing feedback to students

• Collecting evidence from students.

Act 48 Committee will utilize a process to review evaluation data

from staff development offerings to ensure quality Act 48 activities.

Continually evaluate needs and strengths of the QCSD New Teacher

Academy and Induction Program to ensure successful orientation to

QCSD and its resources by:

• Becoming familiar with curriculum

• Utilizing resources

• Understanding mission

• Developing knowledge about the community

• Utilizing effective instructional and assessment practices

Research and develop alternative staff development models to meet

the needs of all staff members and to encourage continuous,

sustained professional growth. Those models include, but are not

limited to the following:

• Independent Study

• Online Study Groups

• Action Research

• Tuning Protocol Groups

• Lesson Study

• Workshops or Coursework

Provide professional and support staff with a goal-oriented and datadriven

differentiated model of staff development and supervision.

Develop sharing workshops for teachers to discuss implementation

and provide feedback on various initiatives.

Ongoing. Enhanced by

Standards-based Grading

Ongoing

Ongoing.

All of these have been

implemented and have been

enhanced through a jobembedded

approach to

professional education.

Ongoing.

Ongoing.

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GOAL #3: STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Provide a variety of staff development programs that empower the staff to grow professionally

and that support district initiatives.

ACTION PLAN #4: DIVERSITY

SPECIFIC RESULT: To provide diversity training with a specific focus on the cultural, academic, and economic

issues for all professional staff as identified in the QCSD needs assessment.

Measurement: Increased awareness of cultural, academic, and economic issues among students

and staff, increased evidence of differentiation with consideration of learner profiles and interests, and

increased understanding by newly hired teachers about current issues of diversity within QCSD.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

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The professional staff will be surveyed through a needs

assessment. Results will be shared with the Act 48

Completed

Committee.

Analyze and implement staff development as listed in the

recommendations from the Diversity Task Force. Provide

training to develop an awareness of diversity through

Sent administrator-teacher teams to the

facilitated, guided discussions by:

IU for ESL workshops.

• Provide ongoing workshops

Provided admin training on tolerance.

• Provide training and/or information on ELL programs and

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The special education department has

opportunities

provided many workshops and a focus

• Provide training on policies and administrative regulations

group to address the specific needs of

• Provide training on Differentiated Instruction and diversity

identified students.

• Provide training on understanding and acceptance

• Provide training for student specific needs within the

classroom

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Professional staff members will learn to examine data from

all students in their classes in order to provide for

differentiated instruction by utilizing information such as:

PSSA data, Benchmark Assessment data, Demographics data,

Socioeconomic data, Learner profile, readiness, interests, PVAAS

Structure professional growth support relative to helping

staff reflect, revise, and re-implement best practices to meet

all student needs.

Implement initial diversity training for all newly hired

teachers during New Teacher Academy, Year 1.

Provide professional staff development to enable teachers to

implement and integrate diversity materials within our

curriculum.

Administrator and teacher performance

incentive goal for past two years. Occurs

at different levels throughout the district

– each school handles it differently

My Learning Plan and individually

developed professional development

has fostered reflection and

accountability in teachers.

Incorporated in NTA 1 every year.

Occurs in bullying programs, Strayer

Strong, Milford Matters & PRIDE.

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GOAL #3: STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Provide a variety of staff development programs that empower the staff to grow professionally

and that support district initiatives.

ACTION PLAN #5: UTILIZING DATA

SPECIFIC RESULT: To provide training for professional staff in analyzing and utilizing data from multiple

sources in order to make decisions as outlined by the strategic plan and specifically identified by the QCSD

needs assessment.

Measurement: Increased evidence of teacher data usage through formal observation process,

increased use of established model among teacher collaboration groups, established system of

intervention for students, increased evidence of differentiation through formal observation process.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

The professional staff will be surveyed through a needs

assessment. Results will be shared with the Act 48 Committee.

Completed at the building level

2

Provide continuous training for professional staff in interpreting,

Professional development

and using specific data to drive and improve instruction. The

provided at the building level by

available technology tools to retrieve, examine, and analyze data

principals, learning facilitators,

to inform instruction include, but are not limited to: Pearson

and teacher data analysis teams.

Inform, Pearson Benchmark, E-metric, Grow Network, PVAAS

3

4

5

Provide training on following a model to assist teachers in

utilizing data from assessments to plan instruction.

Provide training to professional staff to develop a scientific,

research-based intervention system to provide all students with

a wealth of interventions to meet success.

Continue the three year Differentiated Instruction Initiative by

providing training to professional staff to:

Using available data, Implementing differentiated practices

within classrooms, Observing implementation of differentiated

practices by administrators and peers, Evaluating differentiated

efforts on student achievement

Provided model to principals in

summer 2008 to follow with staff

throughout the year.

Ongoing utilizing RtI, benchmark

assessments, interventions and

Student Success Plans.

Ongoing, part of New Teacher

Academy and My Learning Plan

6

7

8

9

Provide training to professional staff to strengthen collaboration

process with a focus on data and SMART goal achievement.

Provide training for professional staff on formative, summative,

and benchmark assessments as well as standards-based grading.

Provide training to enable teachers to focus upon broad learning

outcomes for all students allowing for differentiation.

Curriculum Coordinators, advocates, and the Act 48 Committee

will suggest annual/summer staff development aligned to their

department’s curriculum and instructional needs.

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Collaboration deferred due to

budget constraints

Examined by Standards Based

Assessment Committee. Training

provided on curriculum days.

Examined by Standards Based

Assessment Committee

Completed each year.


GOAL #3: STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Provide a variety of staff development programs that empower the staff to grow professionally

and that support district initiatives.

ACTION PLAN #6: COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE SYSTEM

SPECIFIC RESULT: To establish a systematic method of communication to keep all members within the district

aware of changes in personnel.

Measurement: Increased information gathered on teachers, administrators, and support staff

candidates through interview process, increased communication among all offices.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

Review and refine current interview practices within the

district to include both building and district level questioning.

Completed

2

Examine and revise current interview questions and

procedures utilized at building level interviews.

Completed

3

Examine the Teacher Perceiver or replacement instrument for

valuable information gained and revise format to gather other

needed information at the district level of questioning during

Under consideration.

the interview process.

4

Establish a building level procedure when a change in

personnel occurs.

Under consideration.

5

Investigate and implement a user-defined screen within

Keystone to identify personnel information to be shared

among the human resources, technology, curriculum, and

Completed

staff development offices.

6

Create and refine a shared computer based document to be

updated weekly with regards to changes in personnel.

Under consideration.

7

Investigate and create an ongoing log of personnel changes to

be shared among the human resources, technology,

Completed

curriculum, and staff development offices.

8

Utilize the weekly updated log in order to prepare for each

new school year for New Teacher Academy, technology and

curriculum needs, and laptop distribution.

Completed

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GOAL #4: FINANCE AND FACILITIES

Review processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective use of district resources.

Continue planning and implementation to provide safe, physically sound, and appropriate

facilities for all students and staff.

ACTION PLAN #1

SPECIFIC RESULT: Ensure the district provides a safe and secure building for students, staff and visitors by

creating a sense of building ownership within each person.

Measurement: A safety/security committee will be established at each building with a

representative on the existing Safety Committee. The number of submittals from individuals will

increase, which will indicate that they have taken pride and responsibility of the condition of their

building; the number of incidents will decrease.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

Ensure that the existing Safety Committee has

To be implemented with new Business

representation from each building.

Administrator

2

Establish building level safety/security committees, which To be implemented with new Business

meet on a regular basis.

Administrator

3

The Safety Committee will review the existing building

To be implemented with new Business

safety checklist periodically and distribute it to the building

Administrator

level committees.

4

5

6

7

Establish methods for reporting safety issues, suggestions

and concerns. Assign a contact person at each building,

who will submit a work order for items needing immediate

attention.

Each building level committee will educate the people in

the building about the responsibilities of the committee

and how they can contribute.

Each building level committee will meet periodically to

review the safety issues, suggestions and concerns

submitted, and forward viable and cost-effective options

to the Safety Committee.

The Safety Committee will review all suggestions and

concerns and take appropriate action.

To be implemented with new Business

Administrator

To be implemented with new Business

Administrator

To be implemented with new Business

Administrator

To be implemented with new Business

Administrator

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ACTION PLAN #2

GOAL #4: FINANCE AND FACILITIES

Review processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective use of district resources.

Continue planning and implementation to provide safe, physically sound, and appropriate

facilities for all students and staff.

SPECIFIC RESULT: To provide structurally sound facilities, adequate in size to provide optimum space for all

students and staff.

Measurement: Milford Commons will be renovated and the district office staff will be relocated there. The

Facilities Study will be prioritized and renovations will be completed as a result. A five-year preventive

maintenance plan will be developed, documented, and implemented.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

2

3

Capital Improvements

Renovate Milford Commons with existing capital funds and

relocate District office personnel to that location to (a) provide

a safer and more secure high school facility and (b) provide flex

space for the potential renovation to the high school.

Review the Facilities Study conducted in August, 2006, to

prioritize and implement the renovations to be done over the

next 6 years.

During the planning stages of all renovations and construction

projects, evaluate energy efficient solutions.

4 Determine a financial plan to fund the renovations. Ongoing

Continually evaluate the capital funds available to be used for

5

Ongoing

renovations

Preventive Maintenance

Completed Spring 2009

Feasibility Study Updated October 08

HS Study Completed August 2010

Ongoing. Done for renovation of

Richland Elementary School and

District Services Center at Milford

Commons

Develop and sustain a rolling five-year maintenance plan for all Ongoing; deferrals due to budget

1

facilities.

constraints

The plan shall be updated annually to encompass the following Ongoing; deferrals due to budget

2

five years.

constraints

3 Allocate General Fund money to support the maintenance plan. May be transferred from bond issue

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GOAL #4: FINANCE AND FACILITIES

Review processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective use of district resources.

Continue planning and implementation to provide safe, physically sound, and appropriate

facilities for all students and staff.

ACTION PLAN #3

SPECIFIC RESULT: Manage and balance costs based on current and future needs and priorities.

Measurement: Documentation will be provided regarding the effectiveness of the purchasing

procedures and any changes that are made. The energy study will determine if energy is being used

efficiently and results will be documented on the changes that are made. Five-year projections will be

made for technology and updated annually. Recommendations will be presented regarding revenue

collections.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Conduct a study of other school district’s purchasing Completed Spring 08 – Purchasing Supervisor

1

practices.

Position Created, 2 positions eliminated

Create a process to ensure that all methods are being

2

Completed

used to purchase items at the lowest possible price.

Review the possibility of establishing a purchasing

Completed Spring 08 – Purchasing Supervisor

3 department through which all purchases would be

Position Created, 2 positions eliminated

funneled.

4

5

6

7

Perform a study to assure that all energy resources

are used efficiently in each building and act

accordingly.

Evaluate the costs and alternatives of collecting

revenues and develop recommendations.

Annually update the existing three-year Technology

Plan and forecast two additional years, including

projected costs for all five years.

Allocate General Fund money to support the

Technology Plan.

Included in the 2009-10 budget; will begin in

2010

To be implemented summer 2011

Completed

Implemented 2010, may be deferred due to

Budget Constraints in future

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GOAL #4: FINANCE AND FACILITIES

Review processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective use of district resources.

Continue planning and implementation to provide safe, physically sound, and appropriate

facilities for all students and staff.

ACTION PLAN #4

SPECIFIC RESULT: Utilize the methods created by the Communications Action Team to educate and inform the

community about the district finances and facilities.

Measurement: Pertinent, factual information about the District finances, operations, and physical

plant will be disseminated to the public using various methods.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

Research other school districts to see their means of

informing and educating their communities on finance Timely Budget data on website

and facilities data.

2

Create opportunities for dialogue between the public Finance Committee with community and

and school district officials.

board members. Website reporting.

3

Create an area on the District website for financial and

facilities-related facts and Frequently Asked Questions.

Initial FAQ established; refined each year

4

5

6

7

Educate the community on current financial topics and

provide factual information.

Educate the public about the process used by the

School District to develop the budget.

Inform the public each year about the current financial

plan and provide the significant differences between

the current and prior budget.

Inform the community about current construction,

renovation and other significant facilities projects.

Budget Information on Website; presentation

at Board and Committee Meetings correct

misinformation when opportunity arises

Budget Information on Website; presentation

at Board and Committee Meetings

Budget Information on Website; presentation

at Board and Committee Meetings

Feasibility Study posted on district website

linked on Budget Webpage.

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GOAL #5: DIVERSITY

Create and support an educational and work environment that welcomes and celebrates

diversity

ACTION PLAN #1: CLIMATE

SPECIFIC RESULT: To improve the climate of school buildings in the Quakertown Community School District in

relation to physical appearance and personal experience for students, staff, and guests of diverse

backgrounds, lifestyles, abilities, physical conditions and/or socio-economic status.

Measurement: Improved physical environment, staff development training plan, translated

documents, surveys of stakeholders, increase in numbers of participants in school programs that

support parents and students of diversity, increase in satisfaction of communication with stakeholders

monitored by needs surveys.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

Explore the creation of a resource person or team to coordinate, Deferred due to budget

communicate, and support diversity initiatives.

constraints.

2

Perform an audit of the district’s buildings and physical classroom

Part of teacher supervision

environments for evidence of themes of diversity (e.g. posters,

process

visuals, artwork, quotes, and resources).

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Provide training to all transportation staff in the areas of diversity,

tolerance, and bullying prevention.

Make all district buildings and classrooms handicap accessible by

means of providing desks, lockers, hallways, entrances, and access

to all facilities.

Develop opportunities for students and staff to speak with others

from diverse backgrounds to explore each other’s life experiences,

values, and beliefs.

Develop translated versions of all school communication into the

preferred language of parents or guardians.

All staff and administration shall have ongoing education regarding

the district harassment policy and enforcement.

Research parent involvement for all students by conducting a needs

assessment in the areas of: parenting, communicating, volunteering,

learning at home, decision making, collaborating with the

community and develop a plan to be monitored and evaluated.

Create volunteer and mentoring programs to support diverse

students

Evaluate the professional supports and services required for the

district to effectively meet the needs of student and staff of diverse

backgrounds, lifestyles, abilities, physical conditions and/or socioeconomic

status.

Explore venues to communicate with parents: cable TV, translations

of school communications, meetings, a centralized call center for

parents and a calendar

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District training Fall ‘08 Adm.

Cyber Bullying 6/23/09.

Part of feasibility study

Part of Strayer Strong, Milford

Matters, and QCHS PRIDE

In progress

Ongoing

Under investigation

Strayer Strong, Milford Matters, &

QCHS PRIDE

Ongoing

Ongoing


GOAL #5: DIVERSITY

Create and support an educational and work environment that welcomes and celebrates

diversity

ACTION PLAN #2: CURRICULUM

SPECIFIC RESULT: To seamlessly integrate diversity-rich programs, lessons, activities, and resources into the

QCSD curriculum.

1

Measurement: Addition of curricular resources, high school electives, implementation of high

school program for conflict resolution, Olweus surveys K-8.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Audit of instructional program

A. Continue the audit, through the curriculum review process, of

Completed as part of curriculum

the written curriculum to determine the extent to which themes

renewal in all subjects: presently

of diversity are present and integrated, delineating the areas

deferred due to budget

listed in the district harassment policy.

constraints.

B. Where appropriate, explore means of enhancing the

curriculum to integrate the themes of diversity.

Implemented “Women in

C. Investigate and, if feasible, offer new elective courses on

Literature” 12 th grade elective.

diverse topics (e.g. African American History, Women’s Rights,

Poverty and Affluence, etc.)

2

3

Bullying prevention/tolerance/ multicultural programs

A. Investigate and, if feasible, offer high school programs to

match quality and scope of current primary and intermediate

Olweus program.

B. Research potential diversity and anti-bullying programs for

Guidance and additional non-violent conflict resolution programs

and, if feasible, implement such programs at the high school

level.

As part of the curriculum review cycle:

A. Create an on-line library of diversity resources for teachers on

the district server.

B. Disseminate diversity resources at each building through e-

mail to increase teacher awareness of current topics related to

diversity.

C. Investigate potential trips and activities (pen pals, etc.) and

use of technology that would increase the exposure of our

students to diverse cultures and traditions.

D. Encourage student and faculty trips and activities to provide

interaction with different ethnic and cultural traditions (student

partnerships/ exchanges).

Part of Strayer Strong, Milford

Matters, and QCHS PRIDE.

NOVA presentations and

guidance lessons in elementary.

On hold due to budget

constraints (many of these

suggestions are “low level”

activities that do not have much

of an impact on diversity.)

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GOAL #5: DIVERSITY

Create and support an educational and work environment that welcomes and celebrates

diversity

ACTION PLAN #3: STAFF DEVELOPMENT

SPECIFIC RESULT: Establish a staff development focus that recognizes the worth of every individual and

maximizes student achievement so that all feel celebrated and worthwhile.

Measurement: Staff development plan and timeline, attendance and minutes of subcommittee,

attendance and minutes of BCIU Task Force, staff feedback on effectiveness of training programs

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

1

Create a subcommittee to work with the Act 48 Committee

to plan, develop and implement ongoing staff development, District-wide training in Fall 2007

including the use of community resources.

2

Design diversity training that promotes incoming teachers’

Training offered as part of NTA since

capacity to implement culturally relevant instruction as an

Fall 2008

integral part of the New Teacher Academy.

3

Ensure that diversity training takes place district wide;

consideration should be given to including a keynote speaker September 2007

to kick off the diversity initiative.

4

Offer staff development that will include diversity training in

the writing and implementation of culturally rich curriculum.

Ongoing

5

Expand utilization of technology to widen access to diversity

Under development

6

7

training for all staff.

Assign district representatives to represent the district on the

BCIU Diversity Task Force.

The district members of the BCIU Diversity Task Force will

share information with individual schools at faculty meetings

or other venues.

Participation for 3 years; Task Force

has been disbanded

Participation for 3 years; Task Force

has been disbanded

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GOAL #5: DIVERSITY

Create and support an educational and work environment that welcomes and celebrates

diversity

ACTION PLAN #4: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

SPECIFIC RESULT: To address the diverse educational need to close the achievement gap between NCLB

subpopulations and the general population through rigorous and research based programs.

Measurement: Data collected from district-wide assessments, PSSA/PASA and WIDA. Student

participation rates in after school programs.

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Analyze data related to student ability of NCLB subgroups

Part of teachers and administration

1 to achieve academic success and design academic

performance expectations

intervention strategies.

2

3

4

5

6

7

Increase percentage of diverse students in honors and

advanced classes.

Promote quality early childhood programs to ensure

students enter kindergarten ready to learn by leveraging

existing capacity within the District through partnerships

with Headstart and other community organizations.

Develop extended learning opportunities after school such

as: on-site homework clubs, a Saturday School Program

that incorporates services of volunteers, high school

students, parents and part time staff to enhance academic

achievement and self esteem of students K-12.

Encourage addition of scientifically research based

software programs designed to strengthen student skills

including but not limited to: Compass Learning, PassKey,

Study Island, Fast ForWord, PSSA Tutor.

Encourage recruitment and assignment of teachers who

are most skilled to work at buildings with high risk

students.

Research opportunities to participate in foreign language

programs for all students.

Ongoing; 2009-2010 data indicates more

minority student taking advantage of

advanced opportunities.

Deferred due to budget constraints

Deferred due to budget constraints

Implemented

Ongoing

Traditional and expanded cyber options,

including dual enrollment opportunities.

Mandarin Chinese offered online.

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GOAL #5: DIVERSITY

Create and support an educational and work environment that welcomes and celebrates diversity

ACTION PLAN #5: HIRING PRACTICES

SPECIFIC RESULT: Develop and implement hiring practices that effectively generate faculty and staff that

embrace and celebrate diversity and better represent a diverse range of backgrounds to expand and enrich

the quality of our educational program.

Measurement: Meeting minutes, recruitment recommendations and plan, interview guidelines,

increased hiring of staff that represents a diverse range of background

# Action Step Status September 30, 2010

Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of current

Few new teachers have been hired in the

1 practices when recruiting at job fairs and similar events

past 2 years due to budget cut backs.

and develop recommendations.

2

3

4

5

Develop a process that would define and identify the

roles and responsibilities of administrators in the

recruitment of highly qualified, diverse staff.

Analyze the current QCSD interviewing process for

consistency in the implementation of hiring new highly

qualified and diverse staff and develop guidelines for a

district-wide process.

Expand the human resources section on the district

website to promote aspects of the district that would

attract a diverse pool of applicants.

Implement a monitoring system to evaluate progress

toward hiring a staff of diverse backgrounds.

Few new teachers have been hired in the

past 2 years due to budget cut backs.

Few new teachers have been hired in the

past 2 years due to budget cut backs.

Under development.

Few new teachers have been hired in the

past 2 years due to budget cut backs.

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