District Improvement Plan

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    The Georgia Department of Education’s strategic plan emphasizes transforming the agency into one that provides meaningful support to schools and districts. The agency has developed a common, continuous improvement framework to ensure that these efforts are aligned across all agency divisions, departments, and programs. Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement focuses on the systems and structures (the “what”) that must be in place for sustained improvement in student outcomes. It also utilizes a problem-solving model (the “how”) to provide a clear process for identifying improvement needs, planning for improvement, and implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the improvement efforts.

    Systems to Improve (What to Improve)

    Coherent Instructional System

    The major system of the complex district organization that articulates and guides the “what” and “how” of instruction. This comprehensive system includes the processes related to:

    • Planning for quality instruction - The structure of the instructional system in which the district defines what the students should “know” and “do”, and determine how their students will show they “know” the content and can “do” a skill or performance task
    • Delivering quality instruction - The structure of the instructional system that guides teachers in how they introduce content, practice its use along with the students, and then allow students to use the content on their own while providing students regular standards-based feedback to gain mastery of the content
    • Monitoring student progress - The structure of the instructional system that methodically discovers if the students are getting the content, and what to do about it when they are getting it or are not getting it
    • Refining the instructional system - The structure of the instructional system that examines how to improve the planning for quality instruction, delivering quality instruction, and monitoring student progress

    Effective Leadership

    A major system of the complex district organization that sets the direction for the district, ensures that the district staff and the school leaders are capable of meeting that direction, and makes sure the organization functions according to its mission. This system includes the processes related to:

    • Creating and maintaining a climate and culture conducive to learning - the structure of the leadership system that ensures that the school allows both adults and children to put learning at the center of their daily activities
    • Cultivating and distributing leadership - the structure of the leadership system that develops others to accomplish the group’s purpose and encourages the development of leadership across the organization
    • Ensuring high quality instruction in all classrooms - the structure of the leadership system that reduces the variability in the quality of instruction across all schools and all classrooms
    • Managing the district and its resources - the structure of the leadership system that ensures leaders effectively use all the resources at hand so that the district functions according to its mission
    • Driving improvement efforts - the structure of the leadership systems that methodically, intentionally, and effectively improves the district’s major systems, structures, and processes

    Professional Capacity

    A major system of the complex district organization that develops a quality staff to reduce the variance of quality in instruction throughout the district. This system includes the processes related to:

    • Attracting staff - the structure of the professional capacity system that is intentional in locating the teachers and leaders that are the best fit for the district and its schools to achieve its mission
    • Developing staff - the structure of the professional capacity system that ensures the increasing quality of the district and school staff’s knowledge and skills
    • Retaining staff - the structure of the professional capacity system that ensures the quality staff is working in the context/ position that is most beneficial to student achievement
    • Ensuring staff collaboration - the structure of the professional capacity system that reinforces the effective practice of constant collaboration to improve instructional quality in all schools and in all classrooms

    Family and Community Engagement

    A major system of the complex district organization that develops quality links between district professionals and the parents and community the district and its schools are intended to serve. This system includes the processes related to:

    • Welcoming all families and the community - The structure of the family and community engagement system that ensures families and the community are active participants in the life of the schools within the district, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and where applicable district staff, and to what students are learning and doing in the schools within the district
    • Communicating effectively with all families and the community - The structure of the family and community engagement system that ensures families/the community and district and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning
    • Supporting student success - the structure of the family and community engagement system that ensures families, communities, school staff, and as appropriate district staff, continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively
    • Empowering families - the structure of the family and community engagement system that ensures families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success
    • Sharing leadership with families and the community - the structure of the family and community engagement system that ensures families/the community and district and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs
    • Collaborating with the community - the structure of the family and community engagement system that ensures families and district and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation

    Supportive Learning Environment

    A major system of the complex district organization that ensures students’ school participation and willingness to expend major effort on classroom learning. This system includes the processes related to:

    • Maintaining order and safety - the structure of the supportive learning environment system that ensures that the basic needs of orderliness and safety are met
    • Developing and monitoring a system of supports - the structure of the supportive learning environment system that provides comprehensive services to students to meet their unique, whole-child needs
    • Ensuring a student learning community - the structure of the supportive learning environment system that ensures compliance with positive and healthy behavioral and academic norms