Mission, Vision, Goals

Ashford School

2016-2017

Mission, Theory of Action, Motto and Goals

 Mission Statement

 To present a school district that supports all students in achieving their highest educational and personal potential as productive citizens of the diverse, multicultural, and global, 21st century community in which they live.

Superintendent’s Goals

  •  To lead Ashford School’s curriculum toward a “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) model, that utilizes interdisciplinary units that support the individual content areas, as well as the connections among different content areas that are at the foundation of deeper learning.
  • To promote and develop a “personalized learning instructional vision” that utilizes varied sources of data to support both individualized and differentiated instruction in all classrooms.
  • To conduct a needs assessment of curriculum and instruction at Ashford School, utilizing an administration/faculty committee to make recommendations for development of the 2016-2017 budget.  Assess the status of curriculum, staffing, and instructional practices and make recommendations for the future of Ashford school based upon this needs assessment (including a proposed calendar for implementation)
  • Provide leadership that promotes and improves communication between Ashford School and its community.

 

Ashford School Statement of Action and Goals

2016-2017

Theory of Action:

If we collaborate in creating a positive learning community that is respectful of and responsive to student differences, celebrates effort and growth, and provides a challenging curriculum that promotes creativity through student directed, interdisciplinary, technology-accelerated learning, then all students will grow personally, building a solid foundation of skills and enthusiasm for future learning.

Motto: We Optimize Learning For (WOLF) All

Goals:

  1. Promote creativity, student choice, and critical thinking through the implementation of interdisciplinary curriculum, following the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), which apply to the real world now and in the future.
  2.  Improve informative and positive communication throughout the Ashford community to assist in student success in all areas.
  3.  Develop and implement programs and practices to improve all students’ academic and social skills.

School Improvement Plan 2016-2017

How the school goals will be accomplished

Ashford School Goals

  1. Promote creativity, student choice, and critical thinking through the implementation of interdisciplinary curriculum, following the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), which apply to the real world now and in the future.
  • Professional Development in August to provide direction, vision and examples of our STEAM initiative.
  • K-8 teachers identify second theme by August PD (for first trimester), or September 15th (for third trimester) and communicate to all faculty using the Google form.
  • Implement thematic unit during two of the three trimesters.
  • By the end of the year reflect on two trimester themes and plan for a third unit to be implemented during 2017-2018 school year.
  • Curriculum committee / Administration monitors progress of implementation timeline
  • Curriculum committee will support teachers as they create or modify an existing unit into an interdisciplinary STEAM unit.
  • Some time during professional days, faculty meetings and collaborative team meetings will be used for STEAM planning for units and enrichment.
  • PD time will include Project Based Learning (PBL) and interdisciplinary learning
  • Teachers will align their performance and practice goal to a component of the STEAM goal (project based learning, student choice, collaboration, interdisciplinary learning, etc).
  1.  Improve informative and positive communication throughout the Ashford community to assist in student success in all areas.
  • Provide a PowerSchool how-to document for families.
  • Basic website updates
  • Explore and implement alternative ways to communicate with families (Facebook, Google Classroom, Edmodo, Class Story, etc)
  • Provide PD on technologies for promoting communication
  • Creating parent group emails and updating staff group emails.
  • Ensure teachers have access to all parent contact information through PowerSchool
  • Update forms and procedures (E-Docs for technology sign out, data team minutes)
  • Continue to host curriculum events to articulate learning expectations and showcase student work.
  • Recognize colleagues for positive contributions.
  • Continue Welcome Brochures for each grade level to communicate curriculum.
  • Continue to improve internal communication procedures with all staff
  • Increase collaboration and communication with other progressive schools to improve our instruction and STEAM implementation. Possibly have a team of teachers visit other schools and report back what they learn at faculty meetings.
  • Teachers are encouraged to communicate with other educators beyond our schools and then share what they learn through those conferences and conversations with educators at Ashford School during PD days.
  • Set up electronic storage system for student work
  1.   Develop and implement programs and practices to improve all students’ academic and social skills.
  • Analyze grade level and school data
  • Determine areas of need
  • Assign staff to support the needs
  • Implement Second Step Curriculum PK-8.
  • Continue to implement our WINGS program, WING Jr., and SOAR
  • Continue to develop and implement the Habits of Mind
  • Train teachers on sensory regulation