Goal - Academic Excellence

Description:  

Through continuous purposeful innovation, Weston Public Schools is committed to providing educational opportunities that cultivate empowered citizens of the global community.  This vision drives the improvement of instructional programs and services.  Curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices are reviewed on an ongoing basis to build upon Weston's long tradition of academic excellence.  Key academic priorities and action steps for the 2017-18 school year are highlighted below.

Key Action Steps:

Professional Development:  Provide high-quality professional development for Weston educators with special attention to the following high-priority areas:
  • K-8 Reading Initiative - With the support of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Program, focus on differentiating reading instruction.

  • K-12 Science Renewal - Provide K-12 science teachers with the necessary training and support to implement the shifts embodied in the new standards. In addition, support the piloting of new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) resources at HES and WMS. 

  • Inclusion training - Foster increased collaboration and communication between regular & special education teachers to strengthen inclusion models.

Writing Initiative:
  • Prepare for the K-12 Writing Across Curriculum program evaluation, which will be conducted by the Tri-State Consortium. The Consortium is a learning organization comprised of high-performing school districts in CT, NY, and NJ. The Tri-State evaluation will culminate in a written report consisting of specific commendations and recommendations. The report is anticipated to be submitted to the Weston BOE in the spring 2018.

Curriculum Instructional Leader (CIL) Model:
  • Respond to the eight recommendations in the CIL Report dated May 2017 to support CILs in effectively coaching teachers in their departments and carrying out their other core responsibilities. (See below for attached report).

Other Key Projects:
  • Develop vision, framework, and support for Weston's Science Research Program with anticipated implementation during the 2018-19 school year.

  • Provide updates and presentations to BOE on curriculum renewal projects for Health & School Counseling and Project Challenge.

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Kenneth Craw,
Aug 14, 2017, 1:42 PM