Goal 1: Progress Updates
February 12, 2024 • Strategy 1 Update
Strategy 1: EC-12+ Academic Support committee met on November 14, 2023 and January 11, 2024. In between the November and January meeting, committee members worked to review a draft annual professional development (PD) survey used for the January 2 district certified staff PD day. The professional development survey draft was administered January 2- 7, 2024. Committee members analyzed responses during the January 11 meeting and revised questions to ensure the survey responses will help plan future professional development and address staff needs.
The committee has ranked important employability skills from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Perkins National Network and shared the employability skills to be integrated with the committee selecting our social emotional learning curriculum.
The Early Childhood workgroup met on November 15, December 1, and December 18 to complete work to submit the final grant. The Early Childhood workgroup created and administered a community early childhood and daycare survey from November 27, 2023 through December 8, 2024 and utilized the data regarding early childhood and daycare needs to demonstrate specific needs for Derby Public Schools. The early childhood goal from Strategy 1 will require a report on funding to the Board of Education in June. The committee is on track to make the report and has added budget priority requests to fund additional early childhood classrooms in addition to the work completed to submit the grant application.
November 27, 2023 • Strategy 1 Update
The Strategy 1: EC-12+ Academic Achievement committee met on September 19 and October 17, 2023. The Early Childhood Grant Workgroup met on October 12 and October 26. During the first meeting the committee established norms and reviewed the EC-12+ Academic Achievement goals and outcomes. The committee reviewed the current Early Learning programs and need for secondary interpersonal skills, committee members spent time reviewing the Early Childhood Capital Accelerator grant as one opportunity to impact funding for additional early childhood classrooms across the district. During the second meeting in October, committee members learned more about the KSDE Employability Skills and Perkins Interpersonal and Employability Skills Rubrics and rated the importance of each skill in any resources selected by the Pre K-12 Social Emotional Learning curriculum committee. The subcommittee members were asked to voluntarily sign up for a workgroup to begin working on the Early Childhood Grant workgroup. The Strategy 1 Early Childhood Grant workgroup members met on October 12 and completed a detailed review of grant criteria and worked to identify the data we needed to gather for each section of the grant including a survey. As the Early Childhood Grant workgroup looked at grant criteria the committee members brainstormed a list of medical needs frequently requested in schools including clinic care, school-related immunizations, along with school, work, or sports physicals. The grant requirements for broadband Wifi access, family work search support, and the bonus points available for a City partnership were also discussed. During the second Early Childhood Grant workgroup meeting on October 26 committee members completed work on an early childhood needs assessment survey to go out to the Derby community and district parents and staff. The next step for the Strategy 1 committee is to work on a common post-professional development survey for professional development. The next subcommittee is scheduled for November 17, 2023.
June 12, 2023 • Strategy 1 Update (Final Year 1 Report)
On February 22 the Strategy 1 committee met. During the February meeting the committee focused on the wording for professional development job description changes and revisions to the Early Childhood (EC) Scope and Sequence document. The EC Scope and Sequence draft document received positive feedback from committee members. Next, the committee reviewed the research on the characteristics of high-impact professional development from Learning Forward and discussed the need for building and system-level reinforcement to help instructional strategies from professional development transfer into the classroom. Committee members then made suggestions for revising the job descriptions of Instructional Coaches, Secondary Department Chairs, and principals.
On April 5 the final Strategy 1 committee meeting was held to review the progress toward each goal for the first year of the Strategic Plan. Committee members reviewed the final version of the Early Childhood Scope and Sequence. Next, committee members heard from Gregory Martin, McConnell Air Force Base School Liaison Program Manager, regarding the tracking of students enlisted in the military for post-secondary and reviewed the revised senior exit survey questions. The final activity finalized job description changes and included professional development "Look Fors." These "Look Fors" were recommended by committee members to be communicated with each professional development session that should be supported in classrooms across our schools. The committee then reviewed the goals and action items for year 2 cycle of the strategic plan and provided feedback.
March 6, 2023 • Strategy 1 Update
The Strategy 1 committee met on November 16, 2022 and January 18, 2023. During the November 16 meeting the committee provided feedback on the Early Childhood (EC) Scope and Sequence progress and reviewed district professional development. The committee reviewed the outline of professional development activities provided to all staff and analyzed the role that administrators, educators, department chairs, and instructional coaches have in supporting ongoing professional learning. The professional learning goals will be revisited at a later meeting to further define roles and recommendations.
On December 13 and January 9 the EC Scope and Sequence workgroup met and worked in teams on the draft scope and sequence. The workgroup continued the conversation around differences between Early Childhood Categorical program and the overall comprehensive Early Childhood/Kindergarten Readiness focus from the state. Each team worked hard throughout November and December to align the Kansas Early Childhood standards to instructional resources currently utilized in our Early Childhood and PreK programs.
During the January 18 meeting, the Strategy 1 committee reviewed the progress on the 3 year Draft Q1 and Q2 Scope and Sequence and 4yo Draft Q1 and Q2 Scope and Sequence and provided feedback to refine the final version the EC Scope and Sequence workgroup is working to complete. Next, the committee analyzed district academic assessment scores alongside school-specific goals and established an annual 2% district-wide growth goal for state and local assessments. Finally, the committee reflected on conference participation rates and made recommendations around conference schedules and communication to help promote increased conference attendance.
November 28, 2022 • Strategy 1 Update
The Strategy 1: EC - 12+ Academic Achievement Committee has met once on November 1, 2022. During this meeting the committee established norms and reviewed the EC-12+ Academic Achievement goals and outcomes from the strategic plan. The Early Childhood scope and sequence was the focus of the first committee meeting. Background information on the current programs offered to Derby families and students in the birth to PreK age range was provided. The current programs discussed included the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) pre-K Program at Wineteer, the Parents As Teachers (PAT) program, the Child Find process and The Opportunity Project. Next the subcommittee broke into teams and reviewed the current KSDE Early Childhood standards that include developmental goals for kids age birth-5 years old and the referral process for our Early Childhood program from Kansas Department of Health and Environment and other sources. Casey Lucas, co-chair and Assistant Director of Special Services provided an overview of our current early childhood (EC) classrooms across our eight of our nine elementary schools. The Strategy 1 subcommittee members were asked to voluntarily sign up for a workgroup to begin working on the EC Scope and Sequence and report progress back to the committee at subsequent meetings. The first EC Scope and Sequence Workgroup meeting occurred on November 10, 2022 to review a variety of EC scope and sequence samples from other organizations and districts both locally and from other states. The workgroup members then discussed our feedback from EC teachers, our current EC instructional needs and the created this draft EC Scope and Sequence template for full Strategy 1 subcommittee feedback. The next subcommittee is scheduled for November 16, 2022.