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Tipton County Schools Strategic Plan

 

 

Tennessee-Tipton County Succeeds

Strategic Plan

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WHERE ARE WE GOING?

HOW WILL WE GET THERE?

 

Education in the state of Tennessee and Tipton County Schools will exemplify excellence and equity such that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully embark upon their chosen path in life.

 

 

This is our unifying vision:  Success for all students upon graduation from high school.

 

Three (3) ambitious goals will guide our work through the next five years.

 

  1. Tipton County students’ achievement will contribute to placing Tennessee in the top half of states on the TN Ready Assessment by 2019.
  2. The average ACT composite in Tipton County will be a 21 by 2020.
  3. The majority of high school graduates from the class of 2020 will earn a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree.

 

 

 

TIPTON COUNTY SUCCEEDS

Early Foundation & Literacy

Building skills in early grades to contribute to future success

 

Strategy A.   Increase district support and monitoring of programs that serve children from birth to age four to ensure a solid foundation for learning. 

This strategy focuses district attention on the vast gaps in student readiness that exist before students enter kindergarten.  As a part of this strategy, Tipton County Schools (TCS) will support or participate in:

.  Creation of a Tennessee-specific definition of kindergarten readiness with associated metrics

.  Greater monitoring, training, and support for family-centered early intervention providers

.  An enhanced measurement process to increase pre-K programs understanding and accountability for    

   student readiness

.  High-impact professional development for early grade educators and school leaders

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Strategy B.  Measure and ensure a shared definition and usable data for kindergarten readiness and third-grade proficiency.

This strategy aims to create statewide consensus around the knowledge and skills that provide the foundation learning in later grades.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  A Tennessee-specific kindergarten readiness screener used statewide by 2017-18 with explicit readiness    

   benchmarks and metrics in literacy, language, and math

.  An Early Literacy Council that defines third-grade reading proficiency and offers examples of best practices  

   from Tennessee districts and schools

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Strategy C.  Provide high-quality assessments and usable data in early grades.

This strategy acknowledges the lack of actionable data to monitor progress in the early grades.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  New trainings and guidance related to Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) universal screener

.  An optional Tennessee-specific second grade assessment available to districts by 2016-17

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Strategy D.  Strengthen reading instruction through quality training options and the expansion of a statewide literacy coach initiative.

This strategy will provide high-quality support for early grades teachers around teaching foundational skills to every student and for intermediate and middle grades teachers to build literacy skills across content areas.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Continued improvements to the reading courses taught in each school.

.  Reading instruction training modules for district redelivery offered by summer 2016

.  Support and training for a statewide literacy coach initiative starting in fall 2016

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Strategy E.  Deepen Literacy instruction requirements within licensure and educator preparation.

This strategy will ensure that the state’s need for high-quality literacy instruction is met by our educator preparation programs.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  New reading standards for all educator preparation programs

.  Clarified expectations around high-quality literacy content delivered in educator preparation programs.

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Strategy F.  Establish a precedent for family engagement during early grades.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Employment of a Family Engagement Coordinator to coordinate school/family/community partnerships

.  Planning parent/family activities in conjunction with schools to train parents in strategies to assist

   students at home

 

 

  

 

 

TIPTON COUNTY SUCCEEDS

High School & Bridge to Postsecondary

 

Preparing significantly more students for postsecondary completion

 

Strategy A. Expand the number of high school students earning early postsecondary credits and industry certifications and broaden the reach of these programs to include students who lacked these opportunities in the past.

This strategy will ensure all students have access to high-quality opportunities in high school that bridge the gap between K-12 and postsecondary.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Public reporting at the district and school level about students’ early postsecondary credits and industry

   certifications

.  More opportunities for schools to take part in statewide dual credit courses

.  Increased access to fee waiver for early postsecondary exams

.  More academic partnerships between high schools and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs)

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Strategy B.  Measure and ensure a common definition of postsecondary and workforce readiness.

This strategy aims to create stateside consensus around the knowledge, skills, and actions necessary to demonstrate readiness for success following high school graduation.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  A cross-agency taskforce that will define postsecondary and workforce readiness for Tennessee students

.  Vertical and horizontal alignment across all Tennessee standards and assessments

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Strategy C.  Expand access to and use of personalized information for students, parents, and counselors about progress along the postsecondary trajectory.

This strategy will provide multiple stakeholders with necessary data about whether individual students are successfully moving along the path to postsecondary and information about the academic and career opportunities that are available. As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  A robust, interactive CollegeforTN.org portal and support pathway that allows students, parents, and

   counselors to determine how students are progressing in comparison to key college readiness benchmarks

.  Postsecondary and career planning requirements for middle and high school students

.  Greater support, training, and network opportunities for school counselors

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Strategy D.  Expand opportunities and supports for student ACT preparation and test-taking.

This strategy ensures that districts and schools recognize the central role that the ACT can play in determining students’ paths during and after high school.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Adding the ACT as a measure within the state’s district accountability framework

.  Funding to give every student an opportunity to retake the ACT

.  Guidance to districts and schools on best practices for ACT preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIPTON COUNTY SUCCEEDS

All Means All

 

Providing individualized support and opportunities for all students with a focus on those who are furthest behind

 

Strategy A. Improve the quality of interventions and implementation of RTI2 beginning at the elementary-school level.

This strategy improves upon the guidance and support offered by the department around district RTI2 programs.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Best-practice sharing around RTI2 B in specific grade levels

.  Training for RTI2 B that includes climate, attendance, anti-bullying, and behavioral supports

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Strategy B.  Increase access to high-quality core instruction and aligned, intensive intervention for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELs).

This strategy extends the department’s work to ensure students with disabilities and ELs receive appropriate access to rigorous programs of study.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Training opportunities around instructionally appropriate IEPs, differentiation, appropriate accommodations,

    intense reading and math intervention, and behavioral interventions

.  Teacher training to increase access to core instruction for ELS

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Strategy C. Expand access to understanding of personalized learning to support the needs of all students.

This strategy enhances department support for differentiated learning plans that support all students.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Personalized pilot learning programs to support student remediation and acceleration

.  Increased state support for blended learning options, including Algebra I coursework

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Strategy D.  Increase access to highly effective teachers across student subgroups.

This strategy calls attention to system gaps in different student groups’ access to highly effective teachers.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in: 

.  Data sharing and best practice networking aimed at closing districts’ teaching equity gaps

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Strategy E. Increase teacher, school, and district access to resources that meet students’ non-academic needs.

This strategy ensures that stakeholders have access to resources they need to support students’ non-academic needs.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  A state-facilitated student advisory group to advise the department on student needs

.  Further development of educator data dashboards and early warning data systems

.  Resources for training teachers

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Strategy F.  Target improvement in all Focus Schools through a mix of interventions.

This strategy continues efforts to support high-need schools.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Funding, intervention, and networking support for all Focus Schools

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Strategy G.  Collect and analyze data to identify trends, determine next steps and instructional decisions.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Utilizing available data including but not limited to TCAP, universal screener, common and formative

    assessments as well as attendance and discipline to monitor student progress throughout the school year

    and make placement decisions

 

 

 

 

  

 

TIPTON COUNTY SUCCEEDS

Educator Support

 

 Supporting the preparation and development of an exceptional educator workforce

 

Strategy A.  Focus educator preparation providers on outcome measures via program accreditation and the educator preparation program report card.

This strategy will raise the number of classroom-ready teaching candidates graduating from Tennessee educator preparation programs.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  An improved public report card evaluating the performance of educator preparation programs

.  A more rigorous process of program accreditation based on rigorous, outcome-based reviews

.  Emphasis on teacher recruitment and selection, as well as, on providers’ partnerships with school districts

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Strategy B.  Improve the accuracy of educator evaluation and the quality of the feedback educators receive.

This strategy will continue the process of continuous improvement around the state’s teacher evaluation system.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Additional TEAM coach support

.  New portfolio evaluation options and enhanced training around pre-K/Kindergarten portfolios

.  Promotion of student surveys as a component of teacher evaluation

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Strategy C. Support district development of more effective, personalized professional learning components through tools that allow for better tracking and evaluation of results.

This strategy promotes best practices around embedded teacher professional learning opportunities.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  A rubric designed to support schools in evaluation professional learning options

.  Differentiated mentoring and learning opportunities for beginning teachers

. Opportunities to use state-developed, research-based models for rigorous and differentiated professional

   learning

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Strategy D.  Support districts in creating differentiation of teacher roles, responsibilities, and salaries.

This strategy continues to develop a cadre of teacher-leaders across the state. As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Technical assistance to schools to support the creation of teacher-leader models

.  Differentiated pay plans aligned to instructional priorities

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Strategy E.  Create statewide and regional leadership pipelines that produce transformational school leaders.

This strategy aims to increase the supply of high-quality school leaders across the state.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Development of a transformational leadership advisory council

.  Development of regional transformational school leadership hubs

.  Development of a Governor’s Academy for School Leadership to train aspiring school principals

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Strategy F.  Expand students’ access to effective teachers and leaders.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Use of shared positions, online classes, and retired teachers to fill hard-to-staff positions

.  Provision of salary supplements for secondary math teachers

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Strategy G. Recruit, hire and retain a diverse group of high-performing teachers and leaders.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Organizing a TCS’ job fair

.  Increased recruiting efforts in universities with diverse student populations and advertise in minority

   publications

.  Maintaining salaries that are competitive with surrounding counties

.  Recognizing, at the district level, employee accomplishments including but not limited to perfect attendance

   and level 5 TEAM composite scores

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Strategy H.  Increase availability of high-quality substitute teachers. As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Contracting with a temporary services company for substitute outsourcing.

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Strategy I.  Create or utilize training programs/modules for staff that routinely interact with students that have behavior disorders or who may encounter situations that potentially could become litigious.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Maintaining a group of Certified Trainers in behavior disorders

.  Training personnel who are involved in the student admissions process in custody and parent rights issues

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Strategy J. Increase staff awareness and familiarity with the District’s Emergency Operation Plan.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Explanation of and successful completion of all emergency drills by staff

.  Debriefing staff after all emergency encounters

.  Ensuring school personnel is familiar with the locations and functions of all utility cutoffs on campus

 

 

  

 

 

 

TIPTON COUNTY SUCCEEDS

District Empowerment

 

Providing districts with the tools and autonomy they need to make the best decisions for students.

 

Strategy A. Increase district- and school-level data transparency and usability.

This strategy increases the department’s ability to deliver actionable data to stakeholders.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  A collaborative process to build out a new, online state report card

.  Communication toolkits to assist districts in sharing their own data

.  Targeted data sharing in areas such as human capital and postsecondary progressions

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Strategy B.  Provide districts with opportunities to strategically plan for effective and efficient use of resources.

This strategy offers department support to help districts make the best use of federal and state funding options.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Increased opportunities for district-earned autonomy and flexibility

.  Tools and guidance documents detailing acceptable uses of different funding streams

.  Technical assistance on creating comprehensive multi-year plans using the coordinated spending guide

.  School-wide consolidation to provide optimal flexibility in using all resources

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Strategy C.  Simplify access to and usability of state-provided technology platforms and tolls that support and automate district work. 

This strategy increases both the instructional value and the operational simplicity of state-provided systems available to districts.  As a part of this strategy TCS will support or participate in:

.  Real-time educator dashboards providing 360-degree views of student data

.  Single sign-on access and increased automation for state applications and reporting systems

.  Platforms for secure information sharing and collaboration statewide.

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Strategy D.  Promote innovation and idea-sharing via district ‘networked improvement communities.”

This strategy draws on developing research in improvement science to develop a statewide knowledge base around top priority problems of practice.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Opportunities to take part in district networks aimed at making change in high-need areas

.  Pilot programs organized around innovative practices

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Strategy E.  Explore innovative options for the delivery of holistic, industry-leading initiatives designed to help Tennessee educators deliver compelling adaptive instruction.

This strategy acknowledges the increasing role that technology can play as an aid to high-quality instruction.  As a part of this strategy. TCS will support or participate in:

.  Development of a learning management platform to support adaptive instruction pilots

.  Experimentation with new forms of digital content development that includes initial authoring by subject –

    matter experts and ‘crowd-sourced’ content evolution

.  A large-scaled blended learning pilot program in Algebra I

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Strategy F.  Make public aware of the importance of shopping within the county.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Developing an advertising plan for ways to disseminate information about the benefit of shopping local.

.  Continuing to utilize grants as an extra avenue of revenue

.  Promoting an ACT ready community to build the business expansion in the county that would ultimately lead

   to a larger tax base

.  Promoting our local Tennessee College of Applied Technology and community college, Dyersburg State

   Community College, as an avenue to improve the work force that would expand the tax base

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Strategy G.  Increase student/staff safety through building design and security based equipment.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Controlled access to buildings, monitor access, and design buildings to include safety features

.  Providing video monitoring/recording interior/exterior spaces of facilities that have web based interfacing capabilities

.  Utilizing communication devices that have the capacity to communicate with Central Office in private 

   communications to record/monitor the different school sites and facilities

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Strategy H.  Increase district’s transportation, maintenance, and facility capacity through reorganizational design that fosters efficiency.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Increased safety/accountability of student riders by installing multi-functional GPS hardware/software on

   school buses

.  Creation of a replacement appropriation cycle for the district’s service vehicle fleet

.  Increased efficiency of transportation through centralization of the department in Brighton area or construct

   an additional covered work area at the Covington shop.

.  Re-establishing the Assistant Transportation Supervisor position 

Compilation of a detailed list of needed capital improvements for each campus to improve facilities and

    infrastructure

 

Strategy I.  Expand public access to information and data.

This strategy will ensure that every stakeholder has access to the information needed to demand a quality school system.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Ensuring a transparent communication structure that disseminates information accurately and efficiently to

   all stakeholders

.  Researching, implementing, and evaluating select social media options to remain astride of current

    communication trends

.  Scheduling principals, on a rotating basis, to speak at monthly public board meetings to update board  

   members regarding relevant school news

.  Allowing the direct line of teacher to director communication through the Education Council process at each 

   school

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Strategy J.  Provide schools with opportunities to determine effective and efficient use of resources.  As a part of this strategy, TCS will support or participate in:

.  Support of schools in using technology to increase learning and for assessment

.  Provision of guidelines for selection and purchase of instructional materials to support alignment with state

   standards