Superintendent's Report - 10/7/16

posted Oct 8, 2016, 7:06 PM by Hps Webmaster
Leadership Team Update
Analyzing Teaching for Student Results (Element 4D-2; District Improvement Goals 3 & 4)

The District Leadership Team held its second session of Analyzing Teaching for student results on Wednesday, October 7th. The learning outcomes identified for participants were:

·         Determine a goal for our next steps in strengthening our individual identities as an instructional leader;

·         Explain 13 planning decisions that guide the design of daily lessons;

·         Distinguish between a mastery objective and a thinking objective;

·         Collect and analyze evidence of:         

o    a teacher’s planning

o    the alignment of stated objectives to lived objectives

o    the teacher’s or indirect communication about objectives

o    identify components of a teachers repertoire for framing the learning and the importance of framing for student learning; and

·         Determine the conditions and leadership behaviors necessary to evaluating performance for impact/results successfully

Finance and Operations

Meeting with Executive Assistant

At the District’s first quarterly meeting with Mr. Moses, he let us know the following:

·         The DPW has agreed to do the mowing for the school system. The DPW will invoice the District for the mowing. This is similar to the procedure used with the Recreation Department for the lining of fields

·         Mr. Moses’s directive to town departments is to budget for contractual increases only and to not plan for any new spending

·         There may be 9C cuts this year.  At the State level, FY17 revenues were less than anticipated and the FY16 state budget closed with a gap.

Curriculum and Instruction Update


Farley Percentile Changes (Element 1E-3)

The following chart is in response to Ms. Hallsworth’s inquiry at the last meeting regarding Farley’s accountability status.

* Districts who took PARCC were held harmless

farley mcas results


District Initiatives and Time:
Establish a common framework for curriculum and instruction to bring coherence to academic language, instructional practices and professional learning so that learning is rigorous for ALL students PreK-12. (Strategic Objective 1)
Initiative


Vehicle(s)

Leadership
Time
Implement the Curriculum Review System to recommend revisions to curriculum units.
 

Curriculum Review Task Force

Curriculum Directors
Teacher Task Force
Standing Committee
3 full-days of training

4 hours of training outside of school day

5 hours of unit review, outside of the school day, between December and March as needed

(27 Hours) 

All Teachers

1 Full Professional Development day

½ Professional Development Day

1 hour meeting time for review and revision

(10 Hours)

Design and implement professional learning opportunities for developing well-structured lessons with challenging, measurable objectives and appropriate student engagement strategies.
Analyzing Teaching for Student Results
Research for Better Teaching

Administrators

6 full-days

1 site visit

(42 Hours)

Studying Skillful Teaching
Research for Better Teaching

Enrolled Teachers

3- ½ Days

3 Full-day Saturdays

(32 Hours)

Co-Teaching
Consultants

Co-Teaching Facilitators

2 Full-days

(12 Hours)

 

Establish and maintain a learning environment based on a common understanding of high expectations among staff, students, and families. (Strategic Objective 3)
Initiative


Vehicle(s)

Leadership
Time
Establish and maintain a learning environment based on a common understanding of high expectations among staff, students, and families.
Analyzing Teaching for Student Results
*Overlaps with previous initiative
Research for Better Teaching
Administrators

*Overlaps with previous initiative

6 full-days
1 site visit
(42 Hours)

*Overlaps with previous initiative

Studying Skillful Teaching

*Overlaps with previous initiative

Research for Better Teaching

Enrolled Teachers

*Overlaps with previous initiative

3- ½ Days
3 Full-day Saturdays
(32 Hours)

*Overlaps with previous initiative

 

Success Criteria Subcommittee
DLT Subcommittee
20 Hours of DLT Time
Cultivate a mindset of continuous improvement in which decisions about instruction are made by data-driven, reflective practitioners. (Strategic Objective 2)
Initiative


Vehicle(s)

Leadership
Time
Establish consistent, data-based processes and protocols for student success teams (SST) at all levels to ensure responsive instruction and/or support services for students.
 DLT SST Subcommittee

Special Education Standing Committee

Director of Student Services

DLT Subcommittee

Special Education Standing Committee

20 Hours of DLT time

 

6 Hours of Standing Committee time

 

Create and implement a balanced and rigorous assessment system to measure student progress and determine any needed adjustments to instructional practices
Assessment Work Plan
Curriculum Directors
TBD
Superintendent’s Items of Interest
Presentations at MASS Professional Development Day

I was honored to have been asked by my professional association to have two aspects of my work used as exemplars presented to other superintendents. Karla Baehr, a well-respected former superintendent and Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, used Hudson’s District Improvement plan as an exemplar. I was also asked to facilitate a round table regarding the alignment and synergy between all plans in the District.

Enrollment

All enrollment numbers are up to date as of the writing of this report. They are unofficial numbers. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collects snapshots of enrollment data three times per year October, March, and June. I will provide you with monthly enrollment numbers so that you can be aware of the amount of fluctuation that may or may not be occurring on a monthly basis.

 

 

5/20/16

9/9/16

9/22/16

10/7/16

 

 

 

HHS

968

941

943

946

 

 

 

QMS

649

648

642

636

 

 

 

Farley

498

 485

 488

 487

 

 

 

Forest Avenue

 340

 325

 325

 324

 

 

 

Mulready

 260

 248

 249

 250

 

 

 

District Total

2,715

2,647

2,647

2,643

 

 

 

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