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  • 1. Park City School District Education for the Emerging World in which We Live Strategic Plan Page i
  • 2. Message from the Superintendent Dr. Ray Timothy 435-645-5600 x1425 rtimothy@pcschools.us Park City School District takes great pride in the quality of education that is provided to its students. Parents, patrons, community members, students, and district employees have high expectations in helping to prepare our students for the world in which they live. Much of the success that our students achieve today is the result of the collaborative efforts of our stakeholders. This strategic plan is a prime example of such collaboration. It is the product of several months of hard work between board members, teachers, administrators, staff, and community leaders. This collaboration has not only helped in envisioning the future of the District, but also in the development of the roadmap that will take us there. By clearly articulating our values, vision, mission, focus areas, and objectives, we are in the position to continue in the direction of educational excellence. I am grateful for all of the time, energy, hard work, and creativity given by many in the development of this plan. As we continue to move forward, the strategic plan will be used to guide our direction in doing that which is in the best interest of our students. Page i
  • 3. Message from the School Board Good planning is an integral part of any successful organization. While planning has taken place in a number of different forms within the Park City School District over the past few years, the Maurice Park City Board of Education and Superintendent felt it was time Hickey, for a new and more comprehensive strategic plan. We carefully District 1 selected the University of Utah’s Utah Education Policy Center to facilitate the process. The organization’s expertise with education research and policy development, along with being a local organization with an understanding of Utah State statutes, code and standards, were key in its selection. We also utilized the talents of many local community members, teachers, Lisa administrators, and staff. The Board wishes to thank all of those Kirchenheiter, that participated in the six-month process or provided input. Your District 2 contribution has been invaluable. This strategic plan will be a dynamic, living document. It will be used to guide us in decision making at both the school and district level, and to help evaluate current programs for effectiveness and contribution to our district goals, mission and vision. It will create Anne measures for our initiatives and programs that will become tools to Bransford, monitor our success and illustrate areas for improvement. Reports District 3 at the Board level will be designed to clearly communicate this information to the community on a regular basis. This plan will also inform our master planning process for effective facilities development. As Benjamin Franklin said, ―By failing to plan, you are planning to fail.‖ This plan will guide the Park City School District in our Kim Carson, District 4; quest to provide the highest quality of education that our students President and community expect and deserve. We will build on our legacy of success. Thank you for your support, The Park City Board of Education June 15, 2010 Michael Boyle, District 5; Vice-President Page ii
  • 4. Contents Message from the Superintendent ............................................................ i Message from the School Board ............................................................... ii Contents ................................................................................................... iii Tables ....................................................................................................... iv Figures ..................................................................................................... iv Park City School District ......................................................................... 1 Process ................................................................................................... 2 Strategic Planning Committee Members ............................................. 3 Park City School District Strategic Plan ................................................. 5 Values .................................................................................................... 5 Vision ..................................................................................................... 5 Mission .................................................................................................. 5 Strategic Focus Areas ........................................................................... 6 Objectives and Measures ...................................................................... 8 Initiatives ................................................................................................ 14 Types of Initiatives ............................................................................. 14 Strategic Focus Area Initiatives ......................................................... 15 Decision Making Criteria for Initiative Selection, Adoption, and Retention ............................................................................................. 23 Example of Applying Criteria to Learning Initiatives................... 24 Implementation and Sustainability ....................................................... 26 Glossary of Terms ................................................................................... 31 UEPC Acknowledgments ....................................................................... 34 Page iii
  • 5. Tables Table 1. PCSD Schools, Grade, and Enrollment, Demographics 2010 .................... 1 Table 2. Park City School District Strategic Planning Committee ............................ 4 Table 3. Learning Objectives and Measures ..................................................................... 8 Table 4. Instruction Objectives and Measures ............................................................. 10 Table 5. Choice/Options Objectives and Measures .................................................... 11 Table 6. Programs Objectives and Measures ................................................................ 12 Table 7. Partnerships Objectives and Measures .......................................................... 13 Table 8. Sample Learning Initiatives ................................................................................ 15 Table 9. Sample Instruction Initiatives ........................................................................... 17 Table 10. Sample Choice/Options Initiatives................................................................ 18 Table 11. Sample Program Initiatives .............................................................................. 20 Table 12. Sample Partnership Initiatives ....................................................................... 21 Table 13. Example Decision-Making Process When Adopting an Initiative that Addresses a Learning Objective ............................................................................... 24 Table 14. PCSD Strategic Plan Leverage Points ........................................................... 27 Figures Figure 1. Park City School District Core Values .............................................................. 5 Figure 2. Park City School District Strategic Focus Areas ........................................... 6 Figure 3. Strategic Focus Areas and Objectives .............................................................. 7 Figure 4. Selection, Adoption, and Retention Criteria for District-wide, District Sponsored and District-Endorsed Initiatives ...................................................... 23 Figure 5. Implementation and Sustainability Leverage Points .............................. 27 Page iv
  • 6. Park City School District The Park City School District (PCSD) is located in the Wasatch Mountain resort town of Park City, Utah in Summit County. The majority of Summit County's 35,000 residents live in Park City and the surrounding unincorporated Snyderville Basin. PCSD currently serves 4,561 students in Grades K-12. Four elementary schools with Kindergarten through Grade 5 serve approximately 2,100 students. One middle school (grades 6 and 7) and one junior high school (grades 8 and 9) serve approximately 1,445 students. One high school serves approximately 1,030 students in Grades 10 -12. In addition, the PCSD serves students in an alternative high school setting. Table 1 provides an overview of the PCSD schools and student Park City School District Strategic Plan demographics. Table 1. PCSD Schools, Grade, and Enrollment, Demographics 2010 American Indian Eligible for Free Pacific Islander Enrollment & Reduced Language Unknown Learners Hispanic English Female Lunch White Asian Black Male School Elementary Jeremy Ranch 568 278 290 72 50 18 7 63 0 0 480 0 (K-5) McPolin (K-5) 372 180 192 176 120 8 2 178 0 0 180 4 Trailside (K-5) 526 275 251 88 59 3 1 63 0 7 451 1 Parley's Park 613 306 307 143 96 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 (K-5) Middle Schools Ecker Hill 722 374 348 118 41 11 6 95 2 3 604 1 International (6-7) Treasure 723 369 354 98 19 11 3 78 1 1 627 2 Mountain International (7-8) High Schools Park City High 970 524 446 86 25 10 11 73 2 1 872 1 (10-12) Park City 67 40 27 16 3 1 0 15 1 0 49 1 Learning Center (10-12) District Total 4,561 2,346 2,215 797 413 62 30 567 6 12 3,263 10 Page 1
  • 7. This Strategic Plan provides Park City School District with a clear direction and road map and a means of navigating the district’s course for the future. Based on numerous hours and contributions from many district and community representatives, this plan is expected to help the district leadership, administration, faculty and staff members maximize the opportunities for students across the district and successfully traverse the challenges they face in the years ahead. Process In January 2010, the PCSD Superintendency and School Board met with the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) to discuss the district’s needs, mission, and timeline for the strategic planning process. The UEPC is a research-based center at the University of Utah’s College of Education. Park City School District Strategic Plan The UEPC’s purpose is to bridge research, policy, and practice in education to improve access and opportunities. The UEPC’s facilitation of the strategic planning process was guided by four principles:  Tailored to the individual organization and its needs  Inclusive and transparent  Data-based and research-informed  A dynamic or living instrument that guides progress and improvement Following the initial January meeting, the PCSD invited committee participants who met from January 2010 through June 2010 in a series of 10 committee-at-large and subcommittee meetings. To develop the Strategic Plan, the Committee:  Revisited the previous mission statement, vision, focus areas, and objectives (January – May, 2010)  Reviewed data presented by district leadership on the status of the district (February, 2010)  Developed core values and revised PCSD’s mission and vision statement, focus areas, objectives, measures, and initiatives through the planning process and analysis of current data (January – June, 2010) Page 2
  • 8.  Presented draft plan and solicited feedback at Public Forum (May 2010)  UEPC prepared final report of the Strategic Plan and presented the plan to the Strategic Planning Committee and the PCSD Board of Education (June 15, 2010) Over the past six months, the PCSD Strategic Planning Committee completed a series of planning activities to determine the strengths of the district, the challenges it faces, the opportunities that exist, and the direction the district should take to accomplish its goals and vision for students. These activities included iterative, cumulative exercises that incorporated multiple perspectives and feedback from the community, resulting in a unified plan. Park City School District Strategic Plan Nearly 70 district patrons participated in the Public Forum in May 2010. Information gathered at the public forum included a focus on the need for consistent and constant communication from PCSD and the importance of using the strategic plan to improve decision-making in the district and across schools. Subsequent feedback from forum participants and those who provided input through the PCSD website informed the Committee’s final considerations for the Strategic Plan. Strategic Planning Committee Members Of those individuals invited to participate in the Strategic Planning Committee, 35 accepted the invitation. The Strategic Planning Committee included:  Board Members (5)  Superintendency (4)  School-level leadership (3)  Teachers (7)  Staff representatives (1)  Parents (5)  Student (1)  Parents (2)  Community Organizations (3)  City/County (2)  Community-at-Large representatives (2) Page 3
  • 9. Committee members engaged individually in over 40 hours of meetings across six months. Table 2 below presents the individual members of the Strategic Planning Committee. Table 2. Park City School District Strategic Planning Committee  Michael Boyle (School  Brian Hoyt (Special Board) Education Teacher)  Anne Bransford (School  Lisa Kirchenheiter (School Board) Board)  Kara Brechwald (Teacher)  Manuel Maravi (Teacher)  Nora Buchanan (Teacher)  Cindy Matsumoto (City Park City School District Strategic Plan  Kim Carson (School Board) Council)  Veronica Claridge (Park  Heidi Matthews (Park City City Classified Employee Education Association) Association)  Gail McGuill (Community)  Ana Cruz (Student)  Abby McNulty (Park City  Charles Cunningham Education Foundation) (Parent)  Suzanne Moore  Shawna Doughman (Parent (Community/ Higher Teacher Association) Education)  Bob Edmiston (Principal)  Matthew Nagel (Teacher)  Julie Eihausen (Parent)  Lars Nordfelt (Teacher)  Mark Etheridge (Teacher)  Bob O’Connor (Principal)  Traci Evans (Assistant  Steve Oliver (Director Principal) Support Services)  Ken Fisher (Recreation/  Mary Ann Pajakowski Park City Municipal) (Holy Cross Ministries)  Lori Gardner (District  Charles Robinson Director) (Community)  Stacey Hamill (Community  Ray Timothy Council) (Superintendent)  John Hanrahan (Summit  Tom VanGorder (District County Council) Office)  Moe Hickey (School Board) Page 4
  • 10. Park City School District Strategic Plan Values The Park City School District has distinguished five core values and beliefs:  Excellence in Teaching & Learning  Respect & Commitment  Personal & Social Responsibility Park City School District Strategic Plan  Community Engagement  Sustainability of Resources Figure 1. Park City School District Core Values The core values, as identified in Figure 1, guided the development of the district’s vision, mission, strategic focus areas, and objectives. The core values serve as anchors for the district’s efforts in accomplishing the Strategic Plan. Vision Park City School District will be a district of choice that provides an innovative and excellent education to all students that fosters achievement and success. Mission Park City School District empowers students to develop their knowledge, skills, and potential as critical thinkers. We maximize resources for academic rigor and excellence through staff, programs, and technology that make learning relevant to the emerging world in which we live. Page 5
  • 11. Strategic Focus Areas The Park City School District has five strategic focus areas. As illustrated in Figure 2, the five strategic focus areas include:  Learning  Instruction  Choice/Options  Programs  Partnerships Figure 2. Park City School District Strategic Focus Areas Park City School District Strategic Plan The strategic focus areas provide guidance for PCSD leadership and policy decisions, and development of initiatives and strategies to achieve our vision. For each of the above strategic focus areas, the Strategic Plan contains both process and outcome objectives which are listed in Figure 3. The process objectives identify the actions that the district will take to achieve the PCSD mission and vision. The outcome objectives emphasize the changes anticipated as a result of the PCSD activities. Page 6
  • 12. Figure 3. Strategic Focus Areas and Objectives •Improve student achievement across all content areas. •Improve student achievement across all student groups. •Increase student engagement in learning. •Increase student responsibility for learning. Learning •Promote and maintain a safe learning environment. •Attract, develop, retain and support caring, motivated, innovative, engaging, and professional faculty and staff. •Differentiate instruction based on student individual needs. •Identify and use multiple measures of student learning. Instruction •Increase accountability for performance. Park City School District Strategic Plan •Provide multiple pathways for students to post-secondary education programs and career opportunities. •Provide extended day and summer options for students. Choice/ •Provide community education opportunities for students and adults. Options •Identify effective research and evidence-based programs. •Implement effective instructional programs. •Evaluate programs for effectiveness. Programs •Improve District’s communication with parents and community. •Promote parental and community support for student learning and achievement. •Support active district/school and community partnerships. Partnerships •Access local talent and expertise to support district/school goals and objectives. Page 7
  • 13. Objectives and Measures The Park City School District is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating the Strategic Plan and progress on each of the objectives for the five focus areas. To accomplish this, performance measures for each of the objectives were considered. The performance measures are outlined in Tables 3-7. Table 3. Learning Objectives and Measures Focus Strategic Objectives Performance Measures Area Improve student CRT scores achievement across DIBELS scores all content areas. State Kindergarten Assessment Park City School District Strategic Plan scores Advanced Placement Assessment scores Advanced Placement Course Taking rates NAEP scores Cognitive Abilities Test scores Benchmark Assessment scores STAMP Language Proficiency scores Learning Direct Writing Assessment scores ACT participation rates and scores Improve student CRT scores achievement across DIBELS scores all student groups. State Kindergarten Assessment scores Advanced Placement Assessment scores Advanced Placement Course Taking rates NAEP scores Cognitive Abilities Test scores Benchmark Assessment scores STAMP Language Proficiency scores Direct Writing Assessment scores Page 8
  • 14. Focus Strategic Objectives Performance Measures Area ACT participation rates and scores Increase student Program Participation Rates engagement in Attendance Rates learning. Chronic Absenteeism Rate Graduation Rates Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol Indicators Increase student Student Led Conferences responsibility for Homework Completion Rates learning. Promote and School Quality Indicators Park City School District Strategic Plan maintain a safe Safe School Reports learning Professional Practice Report environment. Crisis Management Plan State Risk Property Assessment SHARP Survey Student incident report Page 9
  • 15. Table 4. Instruction Objectives and Measures Focus Strategic Objectives Performance Measures Area Attract, develop, Qualifications and Experience retain, and support of faculty and staff caring, motivated, Demographics of faculty and innovative, staff engaging and Turnover rates by school professional faculty Non-renewal rates and staff. Professional development participation rates Lane change rates Tenure progression rates Park City School District Strategic Plan Exit survey responses Job Satisfaction survey results Instruction Differentiate SIOP Indicators instruction based on Learning intervention rates student individual needs. Coaching observations Identify and use PLC's use of multiple multiple measures measures to guide instruction of student learning. Changes in teacher use of multiple measures of student learning Increase School Quality Indicators accountability for AYP (including Sub Group performance. Progress by Teacher) Indicators of student achievement-measure student performance Nonrenewal rates, including reasons for nonrenewal Parent satisfaction survey Page 10
  • 16. Table 5. Choice/Options Objectives and Measures Focus Strategic Objectives Performance Measures Area Provide multiple AP assessment scores pathways for AP course taking rates students to post- Program participation rates secondary education (e.g., IB, CTE, Internships) programs and ACT scores career Graduation rates opportunities. Dropout rates Postsecondary application rates Postsecondary attendance and Choice/Options Park City School District Strategic Plan placement rates Postsecondary and career counseling participation Provide extended Program participation rates day and summer Course completion (including options for students. the types of course) Number and type of partnerships Parent, students, and community satisfaction surveys Provide community Program participation rates education Course completion (including opportunities for the types of course) students and adults. Number and type of partnerships Participant satisfaction surveys Page 11
  • 17. Table 6. Programs Objectives and Measures Focus Strategic Objective Performance Measure Area Identify effective Type of evidence used research and evidence-based programs. Implement effective Number and effectiveness of Programs instructional pilot programs programs. Alignment of programs to instructional goals Programs meet effectiveness criteria Park City School District Strategic Plan Evaluate programs Implementation fidelity for effectiveness. Program outcomes (e.g., Relationship between participation and other academic outcomes) Page 12
  • 18. Table 7. Partnerships Objectives and Measures Focus Strategic Objective Performance Measure Area Improve District’s Type of parent involvement communication with parents and Rate of parent and community. community communication Promote parental Parent/Community time and community contributions support for student Parent/Community monetary learning and contributions Partnerships achievement. Parent/Community volunteer rates Number of partnerships that Park City School District Strategic Plan support learning goals Type of parent involvement Support active Number of district/school and community/business community partnerships partnerships. Rate of community involvement Access local talent Type of talent and/or and expertise to expertise provided support Number of individuals who district/school goals share their expertise and objectives. Page 13
  • 19. Initiatives Park City School District emphasizes the importance of innovation while honoring the history and contributions of initiatives that to date have benefited students, faculty, staff, and the community. As such, the PCSD aims to enhance the flexibility of the district and schools to select and implement initiatives that are responsive to individual school needs and ensure that the outcomes associated with selected initiatives may be maximized across the district. Types of Initiatives PCSD, as a school system, will support three types of District initiatives: Park City School District Strategic Plan  District-wide initiatives are those initiatives that would be present in each school and receive some form of resource support from PCSD.  District-sponsored initiatives are those initiatives that the PCSD may provide resources for but may not be found at every school.  District-endorsed initiatives are those initiatives that PCSD approves and may encourage but subsequent resources may not be available from the district. Importantly, PCSD recognizes the discretion of schools and their authority for shared decision making at the local school site. At the same time, PCSD seeks to ensure that students have comparable and equally beneficial experiences and opportunities across all schools. To illustrate how PCSD might use the above criteria in selecting, adopting, or retaining district-wide, district sponsored, or district-endorsed initiatives, the following example is provided. Page 14
  • 20. Strategic Focus Area Initiatives As indicated above, the following objectives were established to meet the PCSD’s mission and vision related to the learning focus area:  Improve student achievement across all content areas.  Improve student achievement across all student groups.  Increase student engagement in learning.  Increase student responsibility for learning.  Promote and maintain a safe learning environment. The Planning Committee generated sample initiatives for the district to explore as it continues its plan to select, adopt, and/or retain initiatives that may be used to address the learning objectives. The Sample Learning Park City School District Strategic Plan Initiatives are listed in Table 8. Table 8. Sample Learning Initiatives Examples of District- Examples of District-Wide Sponsored or District- Initiatives Endorsed Initiatives  Sheltered Instruction  Scholarships, Observation Protocol (SIOP) competitions,  Response to Intervention (RTI) recognitions  Collaborative planning (e.g.,  Group/individual teachers collaborate to discuss performances (e.g., in results and make plans to the arts) address areas of student need)  Standards-based  Using data to support student grading learning (e.g., support COGNOS  Study and and continued development of organizational skills reports to improve learning; development understanding of data presented  Parent Academy and used in assessing students)  Parent nights  Technology integration (e.g.,  Latinos in Action (e.g., District technology plan to enhance and support support learning) students)  Literacy program  Supports for English Language Learners (ELL) (e.g., literacy programs, translators)  Gifted And Talented Education (GATE)  Safe Schools Initiatives (e.g., Page 15
  • 21. Park City School District Strategic Plan Page 16 keyless entry, ID cards)
  • 22. The following objectives were established to meet the PCSD’s mission and vision related to the instruction focus area:  Attract, develop, retain and support caring, motivated, innovative, engaging, and professional faculty and staff.  Differentiate instruction based on student individual needs.  Identify and use multiple measures of student learning.  Increase accountability for performance. The Planning Committee generated sample initiatives for the district to explore as it continues its plan to select, adopt, and/or retain initiatives that may be used to address the instruction objectives. The Sample Instruction Initiatives are listed in Table 9. Park City School District Strategic Plan Table 9. Sample Instruction Initiatives Examples of District- Examples of District-Wide Sponsored or District- Initiatives Endorsed Initiatives  Response-to-Intervention (RTI),  Partnership with tiered instruction, higher education  Multiple assessments (e.g., IEPs institutions computer-adaptive, inventory of  Authentic learning teachers use of authentic portfolios assessments)  Professional  Incentive and/or compensation Learning package (e.g., incentive program, Communities (PLC) brokering partnerships with to develop authentic housing, food, and transportation measures of student to increase living affordability for learning teachers)  E-Mints teachers  Teacher performance evaluation collaboration systems (e.g., 360 Reviews, recognize and reward effective teachers, modify Jordan Performance Appraisal System (JPAS), including SIOP indicators)  Professional development (e.g., instructional coaches, professional growth plans, action research projects, leadership development opportunities) Page 17
  • 23.  PC Early Years Enhancement The following objectives were established to meet the PCSD’s mission and vision related to the choice/options focus area:  Provide multiple pathways for students to post-secondary education programs and career opportunities.  Provide extended day and summer options for students.  Provide community education opportunities for students and adults. The Planning Committee generated sample initiatives for the district to Park City School District Strategic Plan explore as it continues its plan to select, adopt, and/or retain initiatives that may be used to address the choice/option objectives. The Sample Choice/Options Initiatives are listed in Table 10. Table 10. Sample Choice/Options Initiatives Examples of District-Wide Examples of District-Sponsored or Initiatives District-Endorsed Initiatives  Curriculum consistent  Electronic high school with state core  Utah Science Technology curriculum and Research (USTAR) (standards/objectives) initiative  Instructional choice  Online learning options options at all grade levels (e.g., ―Hybrid‖ courses for all students offered on-line and at site)  Career and Technical  Student recognition Education (CTE), programs (e.g., Sterling including provision of Scholar, National Merit, CTE center Honor Roll)  Preschool accessible for  Extracurricular activities all students (e.g., student government,  Full-Day Kindergarten athletics)  Lecture series for  Outside of school members of the enrichment opportunities community (service learning)  Expand career day to lower grade levels Page 18
  • 24. Park City School District Strategic Plan Page 19
  • 25. The following objectives were established to meet the PCSD’s mission and vision related to the programs focus area:  Identify effective research and evidence-based programs.  Implement effective instructional programs.  Evaluate programs for effectiveness. The Planning Committee generated sample initiatives for the district to explore as it continues its plan to select, adopt, and/or retain initiatives that may be used to address the program objectives. The Sample Program Initiatives are listed in Table 11. Table 11. Sample Program Initiatives Examples of District- Park City School District Strategic Plan Examples of District-Wide Sponsored or District- Initiatives Endorsed Initiatives  Formal process for initiative  Develop database of adoption and review with effective programs support and maintenance based on research  Expand instructional  Provide research based programs for adult and choice options community learners  Identify transition  Choose research-based issues (K, 6th, 8th, programs with record of 10th) success  Prioritize instructional programs based on effectiveness  RTI  Promote consistency, alignment, and cohesiveness of PK-12 programs  Continuous improvement of instructional programs Page 20
  • 26. The following objectives were established to meet the PCSD’s mission and vision related to the partnership focus area:  Improve District’s communication with parents and community.  Promote parental and community support for student learning and achievement.  Support active district/school and community partnerships.  Access local talent and expertise to support district/school goals and objectives. The Planning Committee generated sample initiatives for the district to explore as it continues its plan to select, adopt, and/or retain initiatives that may be used to address the partnership objectives. The Sample Partnerships Initiatives are listed in Table 12. Park City School District Strategic Plan Table 12. Sample Partnership Initiatives Examples of District- Examples of District-Wide Sponsored or District- Initiatives Endorsed Initiatives  Communication plan  School FAQ’s,  Communication (website, state of student/parent the schools’ annual address, task concerns that can be force composed of faculty and addressed parents to develop communication  Community Learning plan, KPCW, Park Record weekly Centers column, PTA/O newsletter at each  Develop and maintain school, district public relations a database of person to have a liaison at each community talent school, School FAQ’s, resources student/parent concerns,  Schools communicate technology to help faculty their needs to the communicate with parents) community (e.g.,  Guidance for partnerships (e.g., tutoring program for policy committee to develop Latino students) decision matrix for eligibility of  Process for teachers to facility use) communication about  Cultivate relationship between their wants and needs PCSD and Park City Education with those able to Foundation access community resources and expertise Page 21
  • 27. Park City School District Strategic Plan Page 22
  • 28. Decision Making Criteria for Initiative Selection, Adoption, and Retention To determine how initiatives are selected and adopted, as well as how existing initiatives are retained, PCSD will consider the following criteria for such decisions: effectiveness, alignment and prioritization, feasibility, and benefits and costs. These criteria, as illustrated in Figure 4, shall be considered in tandem with the above values, vision, mission, and objectives when selecting, adopting, and retaining initiatives. Figure 4. Selection, Adoption, and Retention Criteria for District-wide, District Sponsored and District-Endorsed Initiatives Park City School District Strategic Plan Benefits & Costs Feasibility Alignment & Prioritization Effectiveness Guiding Protocol Questions — The following questions are provided to advance the decision making process for selection, adoption or retention of initiatives.  Effectiveness – How effective has this initiative been in comparable districts with comparable schools? What makes this initiative effective elsewhere? What evidence and research supports the adoption of this initiative in PCSD? How effective is the initiative likely to be in PCSD?  Alignment & Prioritization – How does this initiative align with the values, vision, mission, and objectives? How does this initiative align with other initiatives in the district? Does this initiative duplicate another district initiatives? How should this initiative take priority?  Feasibility – How feasible (e.g., easy, difficult) will it be to adopt and implement this initiative in our district? What will need to occur prior to and during implementation to assist with successful implementation? Page 23
  • 29. What resources (e.g. facilities, budget constraints, staff) are necessary and available to support successful implementation?  Benefits & Costs – What are the benefits to adopting this initiative in the district and to whom? What are the costs (e.g., impact to other initiatives, financial, time, facilities, staff) to adopting this initiative and for whom? Are the costs to adopt this initiative worth the benefits? Will adopting the initiative diminish our ability to carry out other high priority efforts? Will adopting this initiative eliminate another initiative? Example of Applying Criteria to Learning Initiatives As indicated above, an important learning objective is to improve student achievement across all content areas. The Committee identified several initiatives that might support this objective, particularly ones that address Park City School District Strategic Plan the use of data to identify student learning needs. The following is an example of how the decision-making process might progress if the district were considering the adoption of a new initiative aimed at improving student achievement across content areas. Proposed Initiative: Professional development to help educators (e.g., teachers, instructional coaches) use formative and summative assessments and SIOP data to inform instruction, engage in collaborative planning, and monitor student progress in the content areas. Table 13. Example Decision-Making Process When Adopting an Initiative that Addresses a Learning Objective Criteria Example Decision-Making Process  What are the specific outcomes that this initiative is expected to accomplish?  Does the particular professional development use strategies that are supported by the research evidence? Effectiveness  How have the particular strategies for using data been adopted in similar districts with positive outcomes?  What does the research evidence suggest needs to be in place for this initiative to be effective? Page 24
  • 30. Criteria Example Decision-Making Process  In what ways do the proposed data strategies reflect our values regarding excellence in teaching and learning, respect and commitment, personal and social responsibility, community engagement, and sustainability of resources (Values)?  In what ways does this initiative help us to provide an innovative and excellent education Alignment and (Vision)? Prioritization  In what ways does this initiative help us to (Mission): o Empower students to develop their knowledge, skills, and potential as critical thinkers? Park City School District Strategic Plan o Maximize resources? o Promote academic rigor and excellence ? o Ensure that learning is relevant to the emerging world in which we live?  How different are the proposed strategies from what we are already doing with data?  How would the proposed strategies complement what we do or would we have to adopt entirely new strategies?  What data will we need to collect to meet the requirements of this initiative in order to be successful? Feasibility  What technology will we need to adopt the proposed strategies and do we have sufficient technological infrastructure?  What background and expertise is needed to support implementation?  What additional staff will need to be hired and with what expertise or do we have the expertise in-house already?  How much will the proposed strategies benefit student learning?  What are the costs to adopting this initiative in terms of Benefits & o Time? Costs o Training costs? o One-time and ongoing costs for supplies and materials? o Staffing (e.g., to provide ongoing Page 25
  • 31. Criteria Example Decision-Making Process professional development or technical assistance)? o Technology (e.g., software, hardware, infrastructure)? o Impact on teachers or staff?  What are other less costly initiatives or strategies that would yield the same/similar results? While the above example provides the type of reflection and discussions that the district might engage when making decisions to select, adopt, or retain initiatives, it is not exhaustive. Nevertheless, if these criteria are addressed, we expect that the Strategic Plan will provide a more useful Park City School District Strategic Plan planning and decision-making guide. Implementation and Sustainability The Park City School District recognizes the imperative nature of both implementing and sustaining the Strategic Plan. As such, the PCSD has selected five leverage points to frame implementation and sustainability across all components of the Strategic Plan. These leverage points, as identified in Figure 5, include:  Leadership and Governance  Resource Allocation  Technology  Communication Page 26
  • 32.  Accountability Figure 5. Implementation and Sustainability Leverage Points Accountability Leadership and Governance Communication Resource Allocation Park City School District Strategic Plan Technology Below are considerations for how each of these leverage points may be used. Taken together, the five leverage points provide part of the infrastructure necessary to support district-wide Strategic Plan implementation and sustainability. These leverage point strategies provide targeted action steps for PCSD. Moreover, they also provide sufficient guidance so that the leverage point strategies may be further tailored to both PCSD and PCSD schools. Table 14. PCSD Strategic Plan Leverage Points Leverage Point Leverage Point Strategy Page 27
  • 33. Leverage Point Leverage Point Strategy  Maintain a focus on students  Engage in and be visible in initiatives that support the Strategic Plan  Advocate for and or adopt policies that align and support Strategic Plan  Use Strategic Plan as ―road map‖ for Leadership and decision making Governance  Continue to engage teachers, parents, and community in decision-making, as stipulated in the PCSD policy on shared decision making  Conduct annual review of Strategic Plan and revise as necessary Park City School District Strategic Plan  Use Strategic Plan to inform Master Planning for development of facilities in PCSD  Establish timeline for resource acquisition, Resource budgets, and allocation to support Allocation implementation of the Strategic Plan (Financial,  Dedicate resources to the development of Facilities, knowledge and skills that ensure success of Staffing, and Strategic Plan Materials)  Provide staff and time to support initiatives that align with Strategic Plan  Consider transportation alternatives to increase efficiency and access to programs  Are there other partnerships that could offer an initiative Page 28
  • 34. Leverage Point Leverage Point Strategy  Use PCSD Technology Committee to: o Determine technology needs of schools to effectively meet the Strategic Plan objectives through the Site-based Technology Committees, and the District Technology Advisory Committee o Distribute technology (software and Technology hardware)  Use PCSD technology as means of sharing innovation and ―best practice‖  Support accessibility and use of technology  Provide information on available technology based on school needs and student learning, Park City School District Strategic Plan teaching, partnership, and program goals  Develop a communication plan to: o Communicate Strategic Plan goals and activities o Communicate progress on and impact of objectives and initiatives o Provide district message for school newsletters o Align some elements of school websites with Strategic Plan o Coordinate communication across district schools for district-wide initiatives  Facilitate conversations among school leaders and leadership teams about Communication initiatives that support strategic plan implementation.  Define purpose of communication, to whom communications need to occur (e.g., principals, teachers, support staff, parents and community), how often (e.g., consistently and constantly), and in what medium (e.g., district and school newsletters and websites, radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter)  Continue to use and make PowerSchool accessible to communicate with parents/guardians Page 29
  • 35. Leverage Point Leverage Point Strategy  Provide roles and opportunities for principals, teachers and staff, parents and community members to participate in the implementation and evaluation of the Strategic Plan  Establish targets for each objective measure of the Strategic Plan  Use measures of Strategic Plan objectives to inform continuous improvement efforts  Provide report on ―Strategic Plan Progress‖ Accountability annually to teachers, parents, and community, including community forum for feedback and sharing successes Park City School District Strategic Plan  Develop a means for schools to report on how their school improvement plan addresses the strategic plan, as stipulated in the PCSD School Community Council Policy  Hold district and school leadership, teachers, parents, and community accountable for success of Strategic Plan Page 30
  • 36. Glossary of Terms Term Abbreviation Description Adequate (AYP) Annual measurable achievement objectives uses Yearly consistent methods and measurements to reflect Progress the increases in student achievement (Source: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/10 7-110.pdf) Advanced (AP) Advanced Placement program offers college- Placement level course work to high school students. Many institutions of higher education offer college credits to students who take AP courses. (Source: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/a p/about.html) American (ACT) Assessment programs that assess what learners Park City School District Strategic Plan College Test have achieved through various stages of education, K-16 (Source: http://www.act.org/) Career and (CTE) Competency-based instruction, culminating in Technical essential life skills, certified occupational skills, Education and meaningful employment (Source: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/) Criterion (CRT) Tests that identify subject mastery (Source: Referenced http://www.schools.utah.gov/assessment/info_e Test la.aspx) Dynamic (DIBELS) The DIBELS measures the 5 Big Ideas in early Indicators of literacy identified by the National Reading Panel Basic Early (Source: https://dibels.uoregon.edu/) Literacy Skills English (ELL) Affirmative steps to rectify language deficiency in Language order to open instructional program to students Learner who are learning English (Source: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/ellres ources.html) Enhancing (eMINTS) Instructional strategies powered by technology Missouri’s (Source: http://www.emints.org/) Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies Gifted and (GATE) Educational programs that recognize and make Talented provisions for the needs of gifted and talented Education learners (Source: http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/gift_talent/de fault.htm) Page 31
  • 37. Term Abbreviation Description Individualized(IEP) Specific practices to accommodate a student’s Education educational needs due to physical or mental Plan limitations (Source: www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/speced/toolkit/iep- teams.doc) International (IB) Curriculum and pedagogy of focused on Baccalaureate international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language (Source: http://www.ibo.org/) Jordan (JPAS) Performance Appraisal System is designed to Performance help teachers provide high quality instruction to Assessment all students. (Source: Park City School District Strategic Plan System http://www.jordandistrict.org/departments/for ms/curriculum/JPASbook.pdf) National (NAEP) Nationally representative and continuing Assessment assessment of what America's students know of and can do in various subject areas run by the Educational Commissioner of Education Statistics in the U.S. Progress Department of Education (Source: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/) Parent (PTA/O) Parental groups that are partners with the school Teacher to provide support (Source: Association/O http://www.pta.org/) rganization Park City (PCSD) (Source : http://www.pcschools.us/) School District Professional (PLC) A staff development approach and a strategy for Learning school change and improvement (Source: Communities http://www.sedl.org/change/issues/issues61.ht ml) Response to (RTI) Identification of students at risk for poor learning Intervention outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities (Source: http://www.rti4success.org/) Page 32
  • 38. Term Abbreviation Description Sheltered (SIOP) A practical model of sheltered instruction with an Instruction, intent to facilitate high quality instruction for Observation English Learners in content area teaching Protocol (Source: http://www.siopinstitute.net/) Standards- (STAMP) An online test designed to assess what students Based can do with a language (reading, writing, Measurement speaking) (Source: and http://www.stamptest.net/stamp0708/stamptes Proficiency t/) Student (SHARP) Survey used to look and school environmental Health And factors such as safety. (Source: Risk http://www.dsamh.utah.gov/sharp.htm) Prevention Park City School District Strategic Plan Utah (UEPC) (Source: http://uepc.ed.utah.edu/index.htm) Education Policy Center Utah Science (USTAR) An economic development initiative that invests Technology in the State’s research universities to create and Research technology based start up firms, jobs, and initiative expand the Utah tax base (Source: http://www.ustar.utah.edu/) Page 33
  • 39. UEPC Acknowledgments The Utah Education Policy Center recognizes the Park City School District Superintendent, Board of Education, and members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet in this endeavor to determine a path for success of students, teachers, families, and community. The Strategic Plan will provide guidance for PCSD’s decision making and actions in the coming years. Moreover, we acknowledge the tremendous contributions of the Strategic Planning Committee who dedicated their time, experience, and expertise to the development of the Park City School District Strategic Plan and whose engagement reflects the commitment of the Park City community investment in education. We appreciated the opportunity to work with Park City School District. Park City School District Strategic Plan For more information on UEPC research, evaluation, and policy development services contact the UEPC at: Andrea K. Rorrer, Ph.D UEPC Director Phone: 801-581-4207 andrea.rorrer@utah.edu http://uepc.ed.utah.edu Page 34
  • 40. Park City School District Strategic Plan Park City School District 2700 Kearns Blvd Park City, UT 84060 Phone: 435-645-5600 Fax: 435-645-5609 http://www.pcschools.us/ Page 35