Cultural Proficiency Action PlanMcNabb Elementary, Spring ISD ASE 587 Cultural Proficiency
BASIC BACKGROUND/DEMOGRAPHICS 2006: McNabb became the 20th elementary campus established in Spring ISD The school was named in honor of Ginger McNabb, a teacher and assistant principal who passed away after a short battle with cancer McNabb’s projected enrollment: 550 students McNabb’s actual opening enrollment: 650 students Grade # % Ethnicity Teachers Students Pre-K 46 6.7 African 9.1% 38.5% American Kinder 116 16.9 Hispanic 9.1% 33.2% First 109 15.9 Second 98 14.3 White 81.8% 23.1% Asian or Pacific Third 93 13.6 Islander 0% 5% Fourth 112 16.4 Native 0% 0.2% Fifth 107 15.6 American
OBSERVED STRENGTHS Students Programs aimed at lower achieving students Teachers New teacher support Horizontal teaming Technology is integrated into instruction Staff input into policies and procedures Informal leadership roles are recognized and encouraged
PRIMARY NEED AREAS Teachers Lack of Hispanic and African American teachers Lack of professional development opportunities focused on language and dialects Students Lack of school-wide community service projects Lack of formal and informal means to assimilate new students into the McNabb learning community Community Few opportunities for parents to visit and feel welcome on campus Lack of professional development on strategies to utilize the internet to communicate and build relationships
MAJOR BARRIERS Time Lack of school-wide community service projects Lack of applicants Hispanic and African American teachers Convince teachers of the need Professional development opportunities focused on language and dialects Professional development on strategies to utilize the internet to communicate and build relationships
PROPOSED ACTIONS: STUDENTS Short Term Long Term Implement two school-wide community Implement two school-wide community service projects projects per semester • Toys for Tots • Two projects in the area • Food drive for the Houston Food Bank • Two international projects Implement a program at each grade level Implement a school-wide program that that addresses new students and their addresses new students and their assimilation into the McNabb learning assimilation into the McNabb learning community community • Create a buddy system where new students • Orientation with the school counselor are paired with existing students (school focus) • Orientation in grade levels • Orientation in the grade level (grade level focus) • Buddy system (relationship building and support)
PROPOSED ACTIONS: TEACHERS Short Term Long Term Increase the number of Hispanic and Increase the number of Hispanic and African American teachers to 25% African American teachers to 35% • Recruit within the district • Recruit within the district • Recruit out of district • Recruit out of district • Recruit out of state • Recruit out of state • Recruit out of country • Recruit out of country • Signing bonuses • Signing bonuses Provide professional development Provide professional development opportunities focused on language and opportunities focused on language and dialects once in the fall and once in the dialects twice in the fall and twice in the spring spring • Contract specialists in language • Utilize the trainer of trainers model to development to provide the professional provide the professional development to development to trainers and to teachers teachers
PROPOSED ACTIONS: COMMUNITY Short Term Long Term Create an inviting environment for Create an environment where parents and parents the community feel valued • Implement a monthly “Second Cup • Organize teacher needs and assign parent of Coffee” to encourage parents to volunteers to meet the needs visit the school • Include parents in school-wide community service projects Provide professional development on Provide professional development on strategies to utilize the internet to strategies to utilize the internet to communicate and build relationships communicate and build relationships • Internet pen pals in the district nationally and internationally • Internet pen pals in the city (across • Internet-based lessons districts) • Utilize internet for specialized research • Internet pen pals across the state
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