World's Best Workforce 2014-2015

Faribault Public Schools 

Local World’s Best Workforce Plan 

Faribault Public Schools (FPS) has adopted the following comprehensive, long-term strategic plan, in accordance with 2013 Minnesota Statute, to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce. The plan is intended to serve as a foundational document to align educational initiatives that serve to ensure reaching intended student outcomes from pre-kindergarten to post high school graduation. 

The plan must support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned to the World's Best Work Force and includes:  

·       clearly defined district and school site goals and benchmarks for instruction and student achievement for all student subgroups identified in section 120B.35,subdivision 3, paragraph (b), clause (2); 

·       a process for assessing and evaluating each student's progress toward meeting state and local academic standards and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school success and curriculum affecting students' progress and growth toward career and college readiness and leading to the world's best workforce; 

·       a system to periodically review and evaluate the effectiveness of all instruction and curriculum, taking into account strategies and best practices, student outcomes, school principal evaluations and teacher evaluations; 

·        strategies for improving instruction, curriculum, and student achievement; 

·       education effectiveness practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum,technology, and a collaborative professional culture that develops and supports teacher quality, performance, and effectiveness 

·        an annual budget for continuing to implement the district plan. 
 

The Faribault Public Schools' World’s Best Workforce Plan serves as a road map that demonstrates how current district initiatives and action plans integrate to create a quality workforce equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century. The informational plan below demonstrates how Faribault Public Schools will align to the components of the statute: 

 


1.Goals and Benchmarks for Instruction and Student Achievement

The Faribault Public Schools have an established District and Site Goal Setting Process which aligns each component to our district’s vision. Each part of the process focuses on a shared commitment to student achievement. The following is a brief description and link to each component: 


Faribault Public Schools Strategic Plan (click here to view) 

The District Strategic Plan is comprised of the district mission, vision, expected outcomes, and strategies. The intent of the Board of Education is to review this plan on an annual basis to re-affirm and/or alter the District's direction. Click on the link to view the Faribault Public Schools Strategic Plan:


Building Academic Goals and Strategies (click here to view)

Every August a data review process is held to analyze and discuss school-wide data from the previous year.  After this data review, each building formulates SMART goals and improvement strategies for the upcoming school year. Click on the link to view each school-wide plan: 

Faribault Public Schools Staff Development (click here to visit website)

The Faribault Public Schools District Staff Development Committee is comprised of teachers, administrators, coordinators, parents, community members and staff.The committee works together to determine Professional Development needs based upon overall student achievement results.  The committee sets goals that are the basis for all building-wide goals. 

Achievement and Integration Plan (click here to view)

Faribault Public Schools works in partnership with the Waterville Elysian-Morristown Public School District which has been identified as a racially isolated district. Our joint achievement and integration plan develops and implements programming designed to increase student achievement and improve educational opportunities designed to close the academic achievement gap. 



2. A Process for Assessing and Evaluating a Student's Progress Toward Meeting State and Local Academic Standards


Data Retr
eat (click here to view)

Every year in late August a data retreat is held in which a team of teachers from each building analyze and discuss the previous year’s assessment results.Through this analysis process, the teams determine the effectiveness of instruction/curriculum and sets SMART goals for the next school year. This process provides a clear focus for the upcoming school year that is shared with all building stakeholders. Click on the link to view the PowerPoint used to outline the process.


Assessment Schedule (click on each group school to view:  K-5, 6-12)

Each year, Faribault Public Schools completes a series of assessments at each grade level to monitor our teaching strategies' effectiveness.  Each set of assessments is designed to aid instruction and determine a student’s progression through the curriculum and success with meeting grade level standards.


Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Programs 

The readiness programs, within our district, located at McKinley Early Childhood Center, include Early Childhood Family Education(ECFE), Preschool, and Early Childhood Special Education Birth-5. These programs help to prepare our families and students to be successful with a focus on a child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.

Last school year, 2013-2014, McKinley school became a ‘Parent Aware’ site. This provides us with the opportunity to align our curriculum with the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress which will help strengthen our program and better prepare our preschoolers for their future. Click here to take you to the Early Childhood Website. 


Read Well by Third Grade Plan (click here to view)

Every year our district revises and update our Read Well by Third Grade Plan. This plan is an outline of how, we as a district, intend to prepare all students to read by third grade and includes an outline of our Reading, RTI and Title programs. These programs have been designed to ensure success for all students.    



3. A Process for Identifying the Strengths and Weaknesses of Instruction in Pursuit of Student and School Success and Curriculum Affecting a Student's Progress and Growth Toward Career and College Readiness

Faribault Public Schools has both current and future plans considering students' transition and support.  Transition is linked to moving students toward workforce and postsecondary goals, specifically, job and career attainment, and/or postsecondary certificates, degrees and/or diplomas.  Support plans refer to wrap around programming offered by blended Community Education, Targeted Services and English Learning after school programs, Area Learning Center credit recovery classes, Adult Basic Education, and county and local level partnerships with workforce development, human services, MnSCU institutions,United Way of Faribault, and youth and focused community based organizations.  Working within this framework, Faribault Public Schools along with internal and external partners, have planned intermediary supportive academic and social,emotional learning structures ensuring and extending options for all students to progress toward workforce and postsecondary goals.  An additional network that supports these goals through family involvement is a program called Families and Schools Together (FAST). FAST provides programming in all three major languages spoken in the Faribault community - English, Spanish and Somali - that focuses on strategies to help their children succeed and complete K-12 while reinforcing the goal of postsecondary attainment.


Career Pathways Project (click here to view example)
 

We are currently working towards enhancing our relationship with community partners in order to prepare more students to be ready for the workforce.  Faribault Public Schools offer multiple pathways to obtain college credit and or certificates in technical fields.  Our hope is to further expand these opportunities as we continue to partner with local business as well as local colleges.


High School Naviance Career Counseling Plan (click here to view)

The high school guidance counselors at Faribault Public Schools have created an outline of the events planned at the High School for each student to assure that they have the necessary resources for college/career readiness.  They will begin as 9th graders with activities in Naviance, our career/college readiness system, and go all the way to 12th grade so they have the necessary tools to be ready for life after high school


Faribault Public Schools AVID Program (click here to access website)

Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program that Faribault Public Schools offers to students in grades 6-11.  
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career,especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. 

·        Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success 

·        Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships 

·        Creates a positive peer group for students 

·        Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination 

As a result,  AVID's mission is considered to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.



 4. Reviewing the Effectiveness of All Instruction and Curriculum

Curriculum Committee Review Process (click here to view)

The Faribault Public School District has an established comprehensive curriculum cycle process providing a guaranteed and viable curriculum.  The Curriculum Review Cycle is a 7-step cyclical process by which all district curricula is analyzed and designed in a systematic and collaborative manner.   The process provides for a comprehensive evaluation of each district program content area, an inclusive development process, a thoughtful and careful implementation, revision based on experience teaching the curriculum, and time for program effectiveness to be realized.  Clickon the link to view our Curriculum Cycle Process:

Curriculum Mapping (click here to view template)

Our district is currently creating and updating content curriculum maps,Preschool-12. These maps will allow transparency into:  content being taught in classrooms, instructional practices focused on the standards and benchmarks in each subject, materials and resources employed during instruction and the assessments used to measure students' mastery of grade level standards.

Teacher Growth and Development Plan (click here to view)

Faribault Public Schools has developed our own teacher evaluation plan based on student growth targets.  At the beginning of the year, teachers will set goals for their classes and targeted subgroups to determine proficiency levels and how instruction is impacting learning for their class.  Each teacher has a peer reviewer and a summative evaluator. The teachers are evaluated on how many of their students met their SMART goals for the specific time interval.  



5. Strategies for Improving Instruction, Curriculum and Student Achievement

Building Academic Goals and Strategies (click here to view)

Each building is provided a review of their data from the previous year.Following analysis of this data, building teams develop and set SMART goals with the intention of continuous improvement for all students.  Each site has a reading goal and a math goal that the whole building works together to achieve.

Staff Development Goals (click here to view report)

The Staff Development and Curriculum Advisory Committees are comprised of members of the community and employees of the school district.  They meet regularly to determine what support the district needs in order to continuously improve the learning for all students. 


Professional Learning Communities
 

Teachers at all levels meet in professional learning communities at least two times a month.  Early childhood PLC's are divided into Birth-3 service providers and preschool and ECSE teachers of the 3-5 year olds.  Elementary PLC's consist of grade level teachers, EL, Title I, and Special Education teachers that support the learning of students at that grade level.  Middle School PLC's meet as grade level teams as well as departments.  High School PLC's are content focused primarily with grade level PLC's meeting occasionally.  Vertical PLC's also happen in various fashions in some building as well as a K-12 content area meeting in the fall.



6. An Annual Budget to Implement the Plan

EXPENDITURES 2014-2015

 Percent of Expenditures

    Administration

3.7%

    District Support Services

5.4%

    Regular Instruction

45.6%

    Vocational Education Instruction

0.5%

    Special Education Instruction

20.5%

    Instructional Support Services

5.9%

    Pupil Support Services

8.2%

    Sites and Buildings

9.8%

    Fiscal/Other Fixed Costs Programs

0.3%


AdministrationThese funds are used for administration.  These include, but are not limited to Principals,   Superintendents, and the School Board. 

District Support Services
— 
These funds are used for general administrative support.  The funds include, but are not limited to Business Services, Human Resources and Legal Services. 

Elementary and Secondary Regular Instruction— These funds are used for regular instruction which includes all activities dealing directly with the teaching of pupils in the classroom and co-curricular activities K-12.

Vocational Education Instruction— These funds are used for courses and activities which develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavioral characteristics for students seeking career exploration and employability. 

Special Education Instruction— These funds are used to provide differentiated instructional programs for identified students who would benefit by these programs. 

Instructional Support Services— These funds are used to provide for activities in assisting teachers with the content and processing of providing learning experiences for K-12 students. 

Pupil Support Services— These funds are used to provide services to students which are not considered instructional services.  These include, but are not limited to Counseling, Health Services, Psychological Services, Social Work Services and Transportation. 

Site and Buildings— These funds are used for the operations and maintenance of each building. 

Fiscal and Other Fixed CostsThese funds are used for property and liability insurance

Summary - 2013-14


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