Prop R Spending Update
The Mehlville Strategic Plan has three major components: student preparation, teacher support, and being an effective and efficient system. The student preparation piece is broken into the three focus areas of student engagement, continuous improvement, and innovation. But what does that look like?
To address student engagement we’ll look at differentiated instructional strategies, Kagan engagement strategies, continuous classroom improvement strategies, personalized learning, STEM, project/problem-based learning strategies, technology, STL CAPS, competency-based credit, embedded credit, early college, school flex, and virtual and blended learning. For continuous improvement we’ll look at differentiated instructional strategies, Kagan engagement strategies, continuous classroom improvement strategies, personalized learning, data systems to support instruction, and project/problem-based learning strategies. For innovation we’ll look at STEM, project/problem-based learning strategies, technology, personalized learning, STL CAPS, embedded credit, early college, and virtual and blended learning.
That can look overwhelming, but not everyone will be engaged in everything. The attached file gives a better representation of when things are happening and who will be engaged.
Page 1 has the overall plan over the next 5 years. It remains a draft so that we can retain some agility while staying focused on student engagement, continuous improvement, and innovation.
The curriculum revision schedule shows the year in which curriculum will be revised. The following year will be the purchase of new curriculum support materials for what was revised. As an example, K-5 science will be revised during the 2016-2017 school year and materials would be purchased for the 2017-2018 school year.
The staff development funded by Prop R is outlined over the time span. There are a number of to-be-determined out into the future that will be fleshed out as we get closer to those years, although at this time we plan to start another innovation academy cohort when the current one finishes. You will also notice that for elementary Kagan training is done ahead of continuous classroom improvement (CCI) training because the Kagan strategies are very helpful in the CCI model.
The finance piece includes the known pieces that we are planning for in the next two years. The 2016-2017 piece is really around Prop R.
The capital portion is broken into regular funds, Prop R, and Prop A. It shows the planned work in the near future. These items could change based on actual bids. Items could be moved forward or pushed back.
The innovation piece shows the items we’re researching and planning around.
Page 2 goes into a little more detail on the staff development piece over the next three years.
Page 3 puts our actions in a Venn diagram of our student engagement, continuous improvement, and innovation focus areas.
The pages give you three views of where we’re headed as an overall system. We consist, however, of many small systems interacting to create a larger system. Classrooms are systems, grade levels are systems, departments are systems, buildings are systems, and so on. Each system within an organization needs to be in place and aligned in order to support the other systems in the organization. If the pieces of the organization act as silos the integration is lost and the system as a whole won’t function efficiently and effectively, if at all. The plan illustrates how we are implementing things over time to create a more aligned and integrated system.