Term three is well underway and our students have started semester two off strong as always. As we moved past the halfway point of the school year, we have reviewed student performance data and used it as a guide for continuing our school improvement work. In my December newsletter I shared that the following purpose statement shapes our continuous improvement process:
“At Lincoln Southwest high school, we are focused on achieving our goals through a commitment to establishing a culture for learning and ensuring effective instruction for ALL learners.”
This month, I would like to continue sharing insight into our system for improving by focusing on our second articulated purpose: Ensuring effective instruction for all learners.
There are three subcategories that make up our efforts to ensure effective instruction is taking place in our classrooms: Delivery of Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation and Professional Responsibilities. The first two directly connect to the teaching and learning that takes place in our building while Professional Responsibilities refers to our expectations for supporting these systems overall as educators. When we say we are working to improve our delivery of instruction and our system for assessment and evaluation, here is a small overview of what it looks like on the systems side:
Delivery of Instruction: This area consists of the researched based strategies that we design our systems and staff development around. It includes data on students from across the learning spectrum and aims to integrate resources (technology, staff, etc…) with strategies (PLC work, curriculum, instructional approach, etc…) in a way that maximizes the potential for learning to take place. This approach builds our capacity to increase student achievement by allowing us to meet students where they are to support their future growth.
Assessment and Evaluation: This is both the beginning and the end of how we deliver instruction. While some grades are formative and others are summative, the entire process of learning is a formative experience. Our PLC’s work through a data team process to review assessments, evaluate student proficiency and plan future instruction. Teachers instruct as individuals but the process of developing instructional strategies and designing assessments that measure our targeted objectives is a collaborative process that helps reduce variability across classrooms and curriculum areas.
When we set the stage by ensuring there is a positive culture for learning in place, it allows our staff to maximize the impact of our instruction, which makes our process for assessing and evaluating student progress data much more meaningful. Together this allows us to take the most effective steps to continuously improve our practices and increase student achievement for all learners.
Mike Gillotti – Principal
“Southwest High School Mission Statement—Lincoln Southwest High School will inspire an academic, creative, and flexible learning environment. Students, faculty, staff, and patrons will be challenged as a COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS to reach their maximum potential in a safe, caring, multicultural, and technological environment.
The Lincoln Public Schools District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.