Warren Local School’s Educational Values & Vantage
It is the goal of the Warren Local School District to provide the best possible instruction for all of our students. It is the district’s belief that all of our students should have equal access to educational programming in a succinct, efficient, and educationally prudent manner.
To ensure the district is efficient in creating educational opportunities for all of our students, we must have succinct programing. In doing so, a rich culture is created allowing our staff to understand our direction, answer questions, create new policies and programs, and improve on the wonderful things already happening in our district.
What does that look like?
There is purpose in our curriculum programing that creates overlapping and focused themes. We maximize our staff and their talents, our financial and operational means, while providing education for all of our students that redefines and allows for individual student success. Here are some key examples of common themes that tie our entire district together.
- The idea of personalized learning is to provide all students with the instruction that they need, whether that be remediation and reinforcement or stretching instruction into a deeper understanding of the topic, thus moving forward to a different topic. At the elementary schools this is a focus on “right now” additional and reinforcement instruction; where at the high school personalized learning morphs into what the student needs “long-term.”
- At the elementary schools there is a focus on literacy both in English Language Arts and Math. This includes creating curricular programing that properly supports all students – special education, gifted, and exploratory.
- At the middle school, we continue with the proper support and expand the curriculum to include additional exploratory learning opportunities. These opportunities ultimately lead to self and career exploration and exposure through the development of pathways, mentoring, shadowing, and electives. This coincides with core classes that are clustered to provide the best personalized environment for each student.
- At the high school, we accentuate student choice by creating learning opportunities that give as many varied choices as possible. These classes are anchored in community need and tradition, but are driven by student interest.
- At each building, within each grade, and in each classroom there is a focus on proper educational support for each individual student. It is our belief that all learners should be exposed to the most rigorous and varied instruction to allow for content mastery. Through purposeful design, including special education and gifted students programing, the district has created a culture and vantage that allows all students exposure to the best possible environment for their individual learning.
- As a district we have a focus on character development. We understand it is our responsibility to shape our community and engage our students. Through positive and intentional behavior and character building programing at all levels, students are exposed, taught, and reinforced how to make positive choices. Examples of this include focused Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) programs at the elementary schools and co-curricular and extracurricular student opportunities for students at the middle and high school.
- Professional development and continued support for improvement for our staff is a focus for the district. To move our students forward and provide the best opportunities for their growth, we must also focus on those individuals that make that possible. Through opportunities and investment that utilize internal experts, internal and localized collaboration, as well as other proven strategies the staff takes part in continued professional development.
To aide in creating succinct educational programing, there is a focus on curriculum/learning pathways. These pathways are not meant to force a student into a specific career. Regardless of a student's desire to attend a four year college or enter the workforce after graduation, these classes are meant to provide opportunities and exposure in varying, dynamic, and impactful courses. As a part of this process, we are adding to our College Credit Plus and Advanced Placement Classes and increasing our Career Technical Education (CTE) classes.
Educational pathways will be bookend at the middle school with a course in Career Exploration and end at the high school with the opportunity of a Senior Capstone. A middle school student will be exposed to career opportunities and self exploration through exploratory programing and elective classes. At the high school, individual student choice will continue with opportunities to choose from over fifty of these non-core classes.
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year the district will have five formal CTE Pathways. The pathways will include:
- Vocational Agriculture. Our district has a wonderful tradition in Vocational Agriculture educational programing and its student organization Future Farmers of America. This will continue, however, we are looking to add and enhance this programing.
- Business Administration. This will continue, however, we will update and modify this pathway. There will be additional focus on marketing and technology.
- Manufacturing Technologies. In the past we have had classes within this pathway, however, they were not aligned with ODE standards and curriculum. Moving forward they will align with ODE competences and we will also offer additional opportunities.
- Arts and Communication. This is a completely new pathway that will enhance our already excellent existing curriculum. With the addition of an art teacher that is CTE certified, we can streamline and increase our offerings.
- Engineering and Science Technologies. This pathway has a combination of new and traditional classes that are being refocused on what it means to pursue a career in the wide and varying field of engineering, operations, and manufacturing.
Warren Local Schools is committed to the whole child, their educational and personal growth. Through properly weighed and purposeful educational and operational investment, our district places as much capital as possible at improving our students’ opportunities.