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Transition Team 2016-17 Final Report

2 \ STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

2 \ STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT TABLE OF CONTENTS Board of Education 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION District 1 T. Dianne Bellamy Small bellamysmall@gcsnc.com (336) 580-4655 District 6 Wes Cashwell cashwew@gcsnc.com (336)690-9517 A Letter from the Co-Chairs 3 District 2 Anita Sharpe sharpeaw@hotmail.com (336)-294-4238 District 7 Byron Gladden gladdeb@gcsnc.com (336) 690-9610 Executive Summary 5-12 Committee Reports 13-47 13 | Student Achievement 27 | School Choice, Equity and Excellence 35 | Talent Development 43 | Organizational Effectiveness for Optimal Learning District 3 Pat Tillman tillmap@gcsnc.com (336-580-9270 District 4 Linda Welborn welborl@gcsnc.com (336) 674-8504 District 5 Darlene Garrett Vice-Chair dygarr@aol.com (336) 643-6070 District 8 Deena A. Hayes hayesd@gcsnc.com (336) 690-9516 At-Large Alan W. Duncan Chair aduncan@mullinsduncan.com (336) 645-3320 Transition Team Members 48 Special Thanks 53

TRANSITION TEAM FINAL REPORT \ 3 A LETTER FROM THE CO- CHAIRS We are honored to present the findings and recommendations of the Transition Team to Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D., and the Board of Education of the Guilford County Schools (GCS). The Transition Team, comprised of experts from all areas of the district’s local school community as well as state and national organizations, were asked to assess the district and make recommendations for leveraging opportunities, confronting challenges, improving student, school and district performance and enhancing parent/community support. Four, separate sub-committees focused on the following, specific areas of investigation: • Student Achievement - Improve academic achievement at all schools and advance learning opportunities, particularly for those who have not yet achieved the level of success needed to access meaningful career and college opportunities. • School Choice, Equity and Excellence - Expand options and access to innovative programming and schools; create equitable choices for all families. • Talent Development - Increase organizational and school capacity to recruit, onboard, reward, develop, motivate and retain top talent. • Organizational Effectiveness for Optimal Learning - Identify school and district facility/operational needs, improve operational efficiencies and develop recommendations for addressing capital needs. The report before you represents many hours of work on the part of volunteers who followed a rigorous process of examination by reviewing data, conducting research, interviewing stakeholders, examining past practices, and discussing and formulating recommendations for improving the system. Transition Team members sought to assess surety of mission and focus on GCS’ continued journey toward a world-class, public school system that provides outstanding opportunities for teaching and learning. Recommendations from the transition team will help shape priorities for the GCS 2020 Strategic Plan, along with input gathered during the Superintendent’s Listen and Learn Tour, which included 11 public forums, an online survey, and hundreds of meetings and interactions with students, parents, teachers, principals, district employees, business and community leaders, elected officials, and other key constituents. On behalf of the Transition Team, we thank you for the opportunity to participate in this important endeavor. Sincerely, Harold L. Martin, Ph.D., Chancellor NC A&T State University Transition Team Co- Chair James Merrill, Ed.D., Superintendent Wake County Public School System Transition Team Co-Chair Elizabeth “Betty” Molina Morgan, Ph.D., President The Morgan Group Transition Team Facilitator