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The Nebraska Frameworks Pleasanton  Public  Schools  External   Visita4on  Team  Exit  Report     March  26,  2012  


Con4nuous  Improvement   in  Nebraska  Schools  


The  Pleasanton  Profile   What  the  External  Team  Received   A  document  that  provides  a  concise  collec3on  of   informa3on,  in  chart  and  graph  form,  that  includes:     •   Student  Performance  Data   •   School  and  Community  Demographics   •   School  Program  Data   •   Student  and  Adult  Perceptual  Data      Summary  statements  that  aided  in  the  analysis  of   progress  and  needs.


IMPLEMENTING  THE  PLAN Implementa4on  –  What  and  Why    En3re  Set  of  Significant  Ac3ons.  .  .  

 By  ALL  staff  .  .  .   Over  a  Period  of  One  or  More  Years.  .  .  

 Resul4ng  in  Improved  Student  Performance       Implementa3on  is  monitored  closely  by  designated  staff  or   commiHees  to  provide  assistance  and  support  as  needed.  


WHY  ARE  WE  HERE  TODAY?   NEBRASKA  ACCREDITATION  REQUIREMENTS  

• Rule  10,  Regula'ons  and  Procedures  for  the   Accredita'on  of  Schools     • Required  of  all  Nebraska  public  schools  and   accredited  nonpublic  schools   • Requires  a  review  of  the  School   Improvement  Process   • Requires  a  visit  at  least  once  each  five  years  


THE  MAIN  REASON!   009.01B    The  school  improvement  process  includes  a   visita3on  by  a  team  of  external  representa3ves  to  review   progress  and  provide  wriHen  recommenda3ons.   A  copy  of  the  wriHen  recommenda3ons  is  provided  to   the  Department.    The  external  team  visits  are  conducted   at  least  once  each  five  years.  


YOUR  EXTERNAL  VISITATION     REPORT  RESULTS:  

School:  Pleasanton  Public  School   Superintendent:  Ron  Wymore   Date  of  Visit:  26-­‐March-­‐2012  


External  Team     Members:   Team  Leader:    Gary  Monter,  Superintendent,  Palmer   Member:  Sara  Paider,  Kindergarten  Teacher,  Loup  City   Member:  Jason  EvereH,  Systems  Engineer,  ESU  10   Member:  Cory  Bohling,  Elementary  Principal,  Centura  


Overall   Commenda4ons!   1.  Your  en3re  faculty  is  involved,  which  is   evident  from  the  staff  presenta3on  and   interviews  with  staff,  board/parents,   and  students.    The  process  is  evolving   to  be  staff  driven  and  staff  enacted.     These  are  not  easy  things  to  do!    


Overall   Commenda4ons!   2.   During  interviews,  posi3ve  morale  and   a  great  learning  environment  were   very  evident.    Students  expressed  a   great  apprecia3on  for  the  resources   presented  and  availed  to  them  by  the   district.  


Overall   Commenda4ons!   3.  

Professional  Development  has  been  provided  to   give  teachers  the  tools  to  teach  reading  and  to   u3lize  technology  in  the  classroom  to  enable   students  to  improve  reading,  to  integrate   technology  into  the  classroom.    This  was  evident   in  the  tour  of  the  facility,  interview  with  seniors,   and  in  the  data  presented.  


Overall   Commenda4ons!   4.   The  addi3on  of  administra3on  was  a   much-­‐needed  step  taken  by  the   district.    The  board  is  to  be  applauded   for  recognizing  and  suppor3ng  this   need.  


Overall   Commenda4ons!   5.   Technology  is  a  definite  strength  and   we  commend  you  for  your  efforts  to   keep  Pleasanton  Public  Schools  on  the   cu_ng  edge  of  technology.  


Overall   Commenda4ons!   6.        The  External  Team  was  presented  with  an   impressive  profile  that  provided  not  only  this  team   with  an  excellent  picture  of  school  improvement   at  Pleasanton  but  also  served  as  a  valuable  data   source  for  Pleasanton  Public  School’s  Steering   CommiHee.    The  following  specifics  should  be   highlighted:  


Overall   Commenda4ons!   a.  The  profile  included  an  ILCD  report  and  an  RTI   report.    RTI  was  a  focus  of  our  discussion  with   faculty  as  it  is  designed  to  improve  reading  for  a   subset  of  students  but  ILCD  is  a  frequently   overlooked  component  within  school  improvement.   b.  The profile included a multicultural component as it pertained to the Reading Action Plan.


Overall   Commenda4ons!   a.  The  profile  included  an  ILCD  report  and  an  RTI   report.    RTI  was  a  focus  of  our  discussion  with   faculty  as  it  is  designed  to  improve  reading  for  a   subset  of  students  but  ILCD  is  a  frequently   overlooked  component  within  school  improvement.   b.  The profile included a multicultural component as it pertained to the Reading Action Plan.


Overall   Commenda4ons!   7. The manner in which your surveys (Climate, Communication, Technology, Graduate) were conducted not only underscores the district’s embracing of technology but also lead to an extraordinarily high rate of return.


Current  School     Improvement  Goal(s):   1.  Improve the instruction of reading, PK-12 2.  Integrate technology in all curricular areas 3.  Increase the amount and quality of communication between all stakeholders  


School Improvement Goal #1 Commendations

1.  2.  3.

Full implementation of Reading Mastery Program and the analysis of the program to determine gaps in the instruction. Staff have infused the RtI process into the Reading Mastery program. Functional Walk-2-Read Program for grades K-6 implemented with Reading Mastery.


School Improvement Goal #1 Commendations

4. RtI has been implemented and staff is utilizing data to make instructional decisions for individual students. Data consists of core curriculum assessments, DIBELS, and progress monitoring. 5. Staff consensus of the reading program and implementation has been done with fidelity.


School Improvement Goal #1 Commendations 6. The importance of reading has been imbedded into the district. All staff and students are aware of the need to improve reading and why reading is important for them. 7. The implementation of programs like “DEAR” and “AR” in all grade levels. This allows all students to understand the importance reading plays in their daily lives.


School  Improvement  Goal  #1     Recommenda4ons:   1.  RTI team should meet more often (Recommendation would be weekly), with the goal of tying the SAT process to the RTI process. Weekly meetings would focus on individual student data and the next steps for each student. 2.  Implementation of a skills based reading class in 7th – 8th grades. 3.  Focused professional development geared to meet the district’s school improvement reading goal for all K-12 teachers.


School  Improvement  Goal  #2   Commenda4ons:   1.  Obvious use of technology in all classrooms. 2.  Equipment is available to all faculty and students. 3.  Integration with other SIP goals. 4.  Student engagement and excitement in learning with technology. 5.  Project based technology activities in place.


School  Improvement  Goal  #2     Recommenda4ons  

1.  Network infrastructure audit – What do you tothe support your ongoing use of mobile 4. need Use of devices ISTE and foray into the world of BYOD? 2.  Use of computer and network logs to standards leverage data driven decisions of revolving 3. establishment of PLC’s forConsider students, technology use. around the use of technology in the teachers, classroom. Employ PLC’s to monitor and and disseminate use of emerging technologies administrato that are impacting K-12 rs research as a education. Example: K12 Horizon Report. framework to collect


School Improvement Goal #2 Recommendations 1.  2.  3.  4. 

Network infrastructure audit – What do you need to support your ongoing use of mobile devices and foray into the world of BYOD? Use of computer and network logs to leverage data driven decisions of technology use . Use of the ISTE standards for students, teachers, and administrators as a framework to collect data on the use of technology. Consider establishment of PLC’s revolving around the use of technology in the classroom. Employ PLC’s to monitor and disseminate use of emerging technologies research that are impacting K-12 education. Example: K12 Horizon Report


School Improvement Goal #3 Commendations:

An active PEP (Parent Engaging Planning) Committee has been established and has facilitated interventions regarding this target area. This is commendable in multiple regards: a)  Involving parents decreases likelihood of assumption on behalf of the district in answering the question, “What does our public want/need to know. b)  Involving parents lessens the communication burden on administration, faculty, and staff. c)  Involving parents decreases likelihood of assumption on behalf of the district in answering


School  Improvement  Goal  #3     Recommenda4ons:   1.  Expand your use of social media. Example: Facebook Fan Page. 2.  Expanded idea of a, “wishing tree,” in order to get more community members involved by advertising volunteer opportunities.– Consider incorporating with recommendation #1, above.


School Improvement Goal #3 Commendations: 3. Consider establishment of PLC’s revolving around the use of technology in the classroom. Employ PLC’s to monitor and disseminate use of emerging technologies research that are impacting K-12 education. Example: K12 Horizon Report


Overall   Recommenda4ons:   1.   It is our recommendation that the district track the progress from one year to the next toward school improvement goals related to student learning. This data should be presented to the External Visitation Team and shared with your public to the extent the law allows (no group smaller than 10 in the case of the public).  

 


Overall   Recommenda4ons:   2.  Consider charting student progress as recommended above in a growth-model (sometimes referred to as cohort progress) as this seems to be the direction that the ESEA (NCLB) and, consequently, the direction the Nebraska Frameworks model will be moving.    


Overall   Recommenda4ons:   3.  In the subsequent improvement cycle, narrow the target area goal. Example: Rather than, “Improve Reading,” specify, “Improve reading comprehension…” or, “Improve reading vocabulary for ALL students.”



2012 Pleasanton External Team Report