Strategic Plan Update




The district strategic plan was presented for review and an update was given to the School committee at their work session on July 16, 2014. We have just finished the first year of the five year plan. This is a summary of the progress made to date.  Please join the Superintendent at a community meeting to discuss the progress on this plan.  The dates and locations for the meeting are:

October 1 at the William Hall library

October 16 at the Central library

October 22 at the Orchard Farms School in the Library

All meetings start at 6:30 pm.

Goal One “Ensure Success for Every Student” has 25 strategies that are listed below with a brief update.  

Strategy 1.1- Development and implementation of a district scorecard has started but is only completed to some degree. This strategy is to be completed by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Data on attendance, grades, suspensions, discipline, academics has been collected. The challenge is to have a user friendly reporting mechanism for parents, teachers and community members.

Strategy 1.2- Development of implementation plans for each of the related district strategic plan- this is partially completed. Many of the strategies have a very developed plan and a few of the strategies have limited planning.

Strategy 1.3- Development and implementation of a revised school improvement plan (SIP) - Several schools piloted a revised SIP template. These school improvement plans for each of the schools have been reviewed by the Executive team and recommendations will be given to each school. All schools will participate in school improvement planning for the 2014-2015 school year.

Strategy 1.4 & 1.5- Development of DSP monitoring and reporting progress- This refers to this document-the district strategic plan (DSP) and how it is monitored and progress reported. One strategy for the reporting is the current communication.  Parents have suggested that I meet across the district, similarly to the community meetings held last fall, to discuss progress.  I think this is a great idea and I will be publishing a list of dates starting the week of September 29th, once all of the Open Houses are completed.

Strategy 1.6 & 1.7- Development and implementation of a communications marketing plan has made only some degree of progress. Parents have contacted the central office and related to me that the weekly superintendent’s update and column doesn’t meet the needs of the community. I’m struggling with how to expand communication.


Strategy 1.8- Development and implementation of embedded content across curriculum- Steady progress is being made with an emphasis on professional development. Strong progress has been made in writing across the curriculum.

Strategy 1.9-1.11- Development and implementation of curriculum- The curriculum is currently being updated and revised. Program supervisors and teacher leaders have worked all year in their respective curriculum areas. Significant progress has been made.

Strategy 1.12- Implementation of all Day Kindergarten- The General Assembly approved and the governor has signed legislation to provide full education aid funding for children enrolled in full-day kindergarten, beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Shortly, we’ll begin a study as to how to implement full day K for the 2016-17 school year utilizing our current space.

Strategy 1.13- Implement Early Learning and Development standards- Implementation is complete in all of Cranston’s early learning programs.

Strategy 1.15 Development and implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and supports- Each school has an RtI team and has positive behavioral interventions and supports in place. This looks different in each building as each level (elementary, middle and secondary) requires a program that meets the needs of their students.

Strategy 1.16 Development of implementation of effective professional development practices- This is ongoing. All teachers will participate in a minimum of 8 hours of in-service in collaboration with the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance. Professional development workshops and in-service was conducted throughout July and August and will continue throughout the year. 

Strategy 1.17 Development of a comprehensive assessment system- This system is continuously being reviewed and revised.

Strategy 1.18 Usage of STAR reading and math assessment- completed

Strategy 1.19 Readiness for PARCC- selected school piloted the PARCC in the spring.

Strategy 1.20 Development of data teams at each school- Each school has a data team with specific protocols in place to analyze data in order to improve instruction and provide appropriate interventions for all students.

Strategy 1.21 Development and implantation of a process for monitoring achievement gaps among subgroups- Each principal is monitoring achievement gaps as determined by a variety of data including but not limited to NECAP, STAR and school data. This data was reviewed with the Superintendent in June and July, 2014.

Strategy 1.22 Development and implantation of a process an internal technology advisory group- this group has been formed and has met. The Bring Your Own Device policy (BYOD) recently adopted by the School Committee was the result of this groups’ work.

Strategy 1.23 Development and implementation of a process and protocol for conducting walk-throughs- This strategy has not been implemented as its start date is winter - 2014.

Strategy 1.24 Development of multiple pathways leading to college and careers- The Alternate Education Program (AEP) has a new director who has been tasked with reviewing the current practices and designing appropriate interventions.

Strategy 1.25 Implement policies in accordance with state regulations and legislation- ongoing review of policies have occurred with specific review of the curriculum policies.

Goal 2- Community- Build Productive Partnerships for Education

2.4       Revision and adoption of policies- The School Committee, working with members of the Central office, have reviewed all policies. Currently the policies are being retyped so that the public can have access.                                                                                                                                                          

2.7       Programming and access for high school students to earn credit outside of school time- The timeline and plan to develop an outside of school time credit for high school students  is scheduled to begin during the winter of 2014.                                                                                      

2.8       Developing robust partnerships for serving students through expanded learning opportunities- The timeline and plan to develop an outside of school time credit for high school students  is scheduled to begin during the winter of 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

2.9       Recruitment of family and community members’ participation in school improvement- The new school improvement planning process was piloted during the spring, 2014. All schools will have school improvement planning during the 2014-2015 school year.  The eight schools which piloted the planning process did have parent participation.                                                                                                                            





Goal 3 relates to the staff- Promoting a Positive Culture

3.1       Development of an aligned PD plan for administrators that will enhance and support instructional leadership-All administrators have participated in ALICE training, Common Core and instructional strategies as well as teacher evaluation training.  Currently, administrators are completing a survey regarding their individual professional goals and professional growth interests.                          

3.2       Review of faculty and staff policy manuals- This is a work in progress. All student handbooks have been reviewed and the teacher evaluation manual is ready for printing and distribution.                                                                                                                                                                         

3.3       Several monthly spotlights of teachers and administrators- Have spotlighted teachers and their classes on the website. Need to share more good news on the administrators.                                                                                                                             

3.4       Aspen for tracking, gaining feedback and evaluating PD- Limited progress on this goal.  Work is continuing on using Aspen as a platform to sign up for professional development, track attendance and evaluate the workshops.                                                                                                   

3.5       Aspen as a platform for getting PD- Limited progress on this goal.  Work is continuing on using Aspen as a platform to sign up for professional development, track attendance and evaluate the workshops.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

3.6       PD offerings to support All Day K staff-   The timeline and plan to develop students is scheduled to begin during the winter of 2014.                                                                                                                                                                                  

3.7       Implement blended learning PD for staff            -This strategy is just at its beginning stages with much work to be completed.                                                                                                                                 

3.8       PD offerings aligned to teacher evaluation- In collaboration with the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance, a myriad of workshops were offered related to teacher evaluation to all of our educators this summer.                                                                                                            


Goal 4-School Environment and Safety – a safe and healthy environment for all

4.2       Development and implementation of the Wellness Policy- The policy has been reviewed. Updated copies of the policy were distributed to the PTO/parent leaders in September.                                                                              

4.3 - 4.5          Revisions of safety policies- All schools have been accessed in collaboration with the Cranston Police department.  Plans are moving forward on enhanced security measures. The entire staff and all students have been trained on safety measures. New staff will be in serviced this month on safety. We are making steady progress on this plan.                                                                           

4.6       Review and improvement of advisory and personalization programs and supports- Advisory is in place. This strategy is to be addressed this winter (2014-15 school year) per the district strategic plan timeline.                                                                                                                                            

4.7       Review and revise Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum     - This goal is partially completed but needs further attention.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Goal 5-Financial- Efficiently and Effectively Manage Fiscal Resources

5.1 – Implementation of all day K- the General Assembly approved and the governor has signed legislation to provide full education aid funding for children enrolled in full-day kindergarten, beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Shortly, we’ll begin a study as to how to implement full day k for the 2016-17 school years utilizing our current space.

5.2- Evaluation of enrollment data has started with attention to attendance, and suspension data.

5.3- Budget decisions for course offerings with a specific process will start in the fall, 2014 in preparation for the 2015-2016 budget seasons.

5.5- Study of integration of Technology services with the city has not started at this time.

5.8- UCOA stands for the Unified Chart of Accounts. This is a budgeting method that is required by RIDE. Currently, the school system has approximately 12,000 accounts. This goal has been completed as we are in full implementation and compliance.


5.15- Implementation of a capital facilities improvement plan is well under way with a plan in place. This summer four projects will be completed. A bond will be placed on the November ballot for voter approval to continue with specific safety improvements to all buildings.

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