A Look at the  Hershey High School Improvement Process Revised November 2011
Hershey High School Structure for Continual Improvement Derry Township School District Mission Statement  and Belief State...
Mission Statement Building on Derry Township School District’s tradition of excellence,  Hershey High School—a dynamic edu...
Belief Statements Effective collaboration among  home, community, and  school is essential.  Global citizens  require comp...
Building Commitment  to Our Community of Learners <ul><li>Redesigning High Schools for Improved Instruction </li></ul><ul>...
High School Improvement Plan High School Restructuring Middle States Goals 21 st  Century Needs Assessment High School Res...
<ul><li>By 2016, students at Hershey High School will demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>improved engagement in school and lear...
Middle States Action Plan Academic Achievement <ul><li>PSSA – Math, Reading, Writing and Science :  The total percent of 1...
Middle States Action Plan Collaborative Culture <ul><li>Professional Collaboration Time : 100% of professional development...
Belief:   We believe providing deliberate instruction and assessment of critical non-academic skills is necessary for stud...
21st Century Vision: All people, from the classroom to the community, will make the most of their roles to promote diverge...
Our Beliefs about Hershey High School in the 21 st  Century <ul><li>Being literate no longer simply means being able to re...
Our Beliefs about Hershey High School in the 21 st  Century  continued <ul><li>Effective learning environments foster curi...
Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here? <ul><li>Curriculum Crosswalk </li></ul><ul><li>Continual Review of Curriculum and Le...
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Hershey High School Continual Improvement Process

  1. 1. A Look at the Hershey High School Improvement Process Revised November 2011
  2. 2. Hershey High School Structure for Continual Improvement Derry Township School District Mission Statement and Belief Statements Derry Township Strategic Plan High School Improvement Process Middle States Goals 21 st Century Needs Assessment Academic Achievement Collaborative Culture Teaching and Learning Assessments Building Capacity Learning Environments High School Restructuring Teaching and Learning Supporting Students Professional Development
  3. 3. Mission Statement Building on Derry Township School District’s tradition of excellence, Hershey High School—a dynamic educational environment— advances the academic, physical and social abilities of students to meet their individual potential. Engaging students in a supportive community will facilitate their transition into productive, global citizens.
  4. 4. Belief Statements Effective collaboration among home, community, and school is essential. Global citizens require competencies in problem-solving, communication skills, technology, and teamwork. Curriculum, instruction, and assessment decisions are based on research, evidence and best practices. Individual strengths are recognized, valued and utilized to inspire the school community to achieve its true potential. Rigor, relevance, and encouragement in learning are paramount. Ongoing review and assessment are necessary for continuous improvement Learning within the entire school community is optimal when: · All who enter feel physically and emotionally safe and secure. · Healthy minds, bodies and spirits for all are valued and encouraged. · All children are given meaningful encouragement, guidance, support, instruction, and an opportunity to connect with at least one significant adult. · High expectations are held for all. · Opportunities for all to participate are equal. · Clear, consistent rules are communicated and reinforced. · All stakeholders are responsible and accountable. Effective collaboration among home, community, and school is essential. Mission Statement
  5. 5. Building Commitment to Our Community of Learners <ul><li>Redesigning High Schools for Improved Instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making meaningful and productive changes in instructional practice requires us to confront how [the relationship between the teacher and the student in the presence of content] requires us to confront how they upset and, in some sense, reprogram our past ways of doing things. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Elmore , Instructional Rounds in Education, p. 22) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administrators and Teachers Developing Collaboratively at the Harvard Graduate School of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Problem Statements about Student Learning and Classroom Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Framing and Describing the Problem through Focus Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating the Problem Statement through the Use of Protocols and Small Professional Learning Communities </li></ul>The Instructional Core
  6. 6. High School Improvement Plan High School Restructuring Middle States Goals 21 st Century Needs Assessment High School Restructuring 21 st Century Needs Assessment Middle States Goals Teaching and Learning Supporting Students Professional Development Academic Achievement Collaborative Culture Teaching and Learning Building Capacity Learning Environments Assessments
  7. 7. <ul><li>By 2016, students at Hershey High School will demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>improved engagement in school and learning by the </li></ul><ul><li>implementation of data-based decision making to ensure all </li></ul><ul><li>students have the opportunity to meet their potential. </li></ul>By the year 2016, the Hershey High School students will show improved academic performance in order to become informed citizens. Professional Collaboration Time : 100% of professional development activities will be dedicated to supporting a collaborative culture. Student Programs : 100% of teachers and administrators will be involved in interacting with students outside of the planned curriculum. Unit Planning : 100% of courses will have common unit plans reflecting differentiated instruction. Formative Assessment : 100% of teachers will implement corrective and supportive feedback techniques for both academic achievement and classroom management. Summative Assessment : 100% of courses will share summative assessments that reflect higher order thinking. Technology Integration : 100% of teachers will be trained to use best practices in technology and regularly integrate these best practices in their classrooms to support student learning. Student Conduct : 15% decrease in the number of discipline referrals for Level 1 violations of the Code of Conduct. SAT: The combined scores of Hershey High School students who take the SAT will increase. PSSA – Math : The total percent of 11th grade students meeting proficient or advanced in the Mathematics PSSA will increase. PSSA – Reading: The total percent of 11th grade students meeting proficient or advanced in the Reading PSSA will increase. PSSA – Writing : The total percent of 11th grade students meeting proficient or advanced in the Writing PSSA will increase. PSSA – Science : The total 11th grade students meeting proficient or advanced in the Science PSSA will increase. AP Tests: The total percent of AP Exams in which students receive a passing score of 3 or higher will increase. Student Success: There will be a 3% decrease in the total percentage of students in grades nine through twelve failing a course at the end of the final report card. 21 st Century Learning: Students will demonstrate increased proficiency using 21 st century skills. Middle States Goals Academic Achievement Collaborative Culture
  8. 8. Middle States Action Plan Academic Achievement <ul><li>PSSA – Math, Reading, Writing and Science : The total percent of 11th grade students meeting proficient or advanced on the PSSA will increase. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Implement instructional strategies that best support student learning. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restructure mathematics course progression. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a common curriculum within the Mathematics department. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a reading intervention program. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop critical reading strategies for all students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a common curriculum within the English Department. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Implement Collins Writing Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide individual writing remediation through the High School Writing Lab. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a common curriculum within English Department. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a common curriculum within the Science Department </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>AP Tests: The total percent of AP Exams in which students receive a passing score of 3 or higher will increase. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adhere to established College Board curriculum using an AP Course Audit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the number of students taking AP exam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement instructional strategies that best support student learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SAT: The combined scores of Hershey High School students who take the SAT will increase. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review SAT Preparatory Programs for effectiveness and participation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a common curriculum within each academic department. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement instructional strategies that best support student learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish common grading practices that will accurately measure student achievement within the curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review reading intervention program. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Success: There will be a 3% decrease in the total percentage of students in grades nine through twelve failing a course at the end of the final report card. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify students at risk of failing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate tutoring program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a reading intervention program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop critical reading strategies for all students. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21st Century Learning: Students will demonstrate increased proficiency using 21st century skills. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze Student & Teacher Survey. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate 21st century skills into the curriculum, across disciplines. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Middle States Action Plan Collaborative Culture <ul><li>Professional Collaboration Time : 100% of professional development activities will be dedicated to supporting a collaborative culture. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote student and staff engagement through the development of professional learning communities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine and implement a schedule and school organizational system that best support our vision of professional learning communities and teaching/learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine teacher in-service needs and build professional development plans annually based on a scope and sequence that supports building needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a means of integrating staff expertise into various learning communities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Programs : 100% of teachers and administrators will be involved in interacting with students outside of the planned curriculum. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refine graduation project and process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct comprehensive review of counseling program to determine methods to promote resiliency and meet academic needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop school-wide program to oversee development of students’ individual career plans. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop/revise a plan of communication between students and administrators. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve student involvement in the school community through co-curricular activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unit Planning : 100% of courses will have common unit plans reflecting differentiated instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Assessment : 100% of teachers will implement corrective and supportive feedback techniques for both academic achievement and classroom management. </li></ul><ul><li>Summative Assessment : 100% of courses will share summative assessments that reflect higher order thinking. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement an ongoing curriculum review cycle that will allow for structure yet fluidity in curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review/Revise curriculum to incorporate common unit objectives that focus on the major understandings (essential skills content and concepts). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop formative and summative assessments that support teaching and learning goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology Integration : 100% of teachers will be trained to use best practices in technology and regularly integrate these best practices in their classrooms to support student learning. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan for content specific and best practice technology and information literacy training. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure technology is available to staff and students, so students are prepared and informed technology users. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Conduct : 15% decrease in the number of discipline referrals for Level 1 violations of the Code of Conduct. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review and revise discipline code to reflect community standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide AUP training for teachers and students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a safe, secure learning environment </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Belief: We believe providing deliberate instruction and assessment of critical non-academic skills is necessary for students to realize their full potential. Vision: Create a climate in our school that demonstrates caring, promotes connections between adults and students, forges relationships, and supports individual growth and development through social-emotional and academic learning. Goals Students learn resiliency strategies and necessary interpersonal skills through a system of modeling best practice among adults in the school. Instruction in skills that directly support academic instruction will increase student achievement. Examples of these skills include note-taking, personal organization, reading to learn, self-advocacy, etc. Belief: Teaching should emphasize student learning over “covering” course content, which should focus on essential concepts and skills as well as specific facts and information.  Vision: Curriculum and programs in our school will evolve from deliberate study of best practice and research-based methods. Goals Our students will continually demonstrate increased academic achievement in classes and standardized-tests. Our students will be fully prepared to pursue their chosen endeavor upon graduation from high school Belief: We believe that professional collaboration is a necessary foundation for implementing best practices that will positively impact student learning. Vision: All teachers and students will adopt and use the interpersonal skills necessary and appropriate in a collaborative culture. Goals Establish school-wide professional learning communities. The commitments of a collaborative culture will be reflected in all in-service programs High School Restructuring Supporting Students Teaching and Learning Professional Collaboration
  11. 11. 21st Century Vision: All people, from the classroom to the community, will make the most of their roles to promote divergent approaches to life-fulfilling and life-sustaining learning. Success will not only be based on core subject knowledge but also on skills and literacies that are valued in 21 st century school, work and community settings. We will develop a curriculum and learning environment that reflect global citizenry, support varied teaching and learning styles, and promote communication and collaboration. 21 st Century Learning Teaching and Learning Assessments Building Capacity Learning Environments
  12. 12. Our Beliefs about Hershey High School in the 21 st Century <ul><li>Being literate no longer simply means being able to read and write. 21st century literacy requires the ability to operate competently in a globalized  world (a world of increased unification among diverse cultures and nations) as well as in the emerging content areas of financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; and health and wellness awareness. These competencies are critical to success in communities and workplaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum developed around essential questions supports student engagement with contemporary as well historical issues. Curriculum enables innovative learning methods that foster an understanding and appreciation of global, cultural and social diversity; value inquiry- and problem-based approaches; and require higher order thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction deepens understanding rather than imparting shallow knowledge. Intellectual and practical skills are practiced extensively across the curriculum in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards of performance. Instruction integrates supportive technologies in order to enhance problem solving, critical thinking, communication and innovation. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our Beliefs about Hershey High School in the 21 st Century continued <ul><li>Effective learning environments foster curiosity, creativity and responsible risk-taking in order to maximize student growth and achievement. Physical environments facilitate purposeful and flexible designs for group, team and individual learning that reach diverse student populations to support differentiated teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration is a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship that exists to achieve a common goal. Personal and social responsibility is anchored through active involvement with diverse communities around real-world challenges. Professional learning communities enable educators to collaborate, share best practices and integrate 21st century skills into classroom practice to produce greater productivity, efficiency and quality of instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic assessments of 21st century learning are demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems. Core and emerging content areas are measured through the use of rigorous and relevant assessments of thinking, learning, life skills, information literacy, and communication technologies. A balance of assessments, including high quality standardized testing, along with effective formative and summative classroom assessments create data to inform teachers and students about an individual’s growth toward mastery of 21st century learning goals. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Next Steps: Where Do We Go From Here? <ul><li>Curriculum Crosswalk </li></ul><ul><li>Continual Review of Curriculum and Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Gather Data to Evaluate Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>PLCs for Implementation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Vision and Beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Management and Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Engagement </li></ul></ul>

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