Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

2019-20

NAME OF SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: Dr. Douglas Blackwell

NAME OF SYSTEM SUPERINTENDENT: Dr. Chris McMichael

  □ Schoolwide Title 1 School         □  Targeted Assistance Title 1 School     □ Non-Title 1 School         

□ Comprehensive Support School         □ Targeted Support School         

Type name below for plan approval

Approval Date

Principal

Dr. Douglas L. Blackwell

9/19/2019

School Governance Team Chairperson

Chris Maddox

9/19/2019

System Professional Learning Coordinator

Ginger Crosswhite

9/19/2019

Title I Director

Dr. David Beeland, Jr.

9/19/2019

Board of Directors

Joe Vogt

9/19/2019

 Superintendent

Dr. Chris McMichael

9/19/2019


Goal 1: FNGL Strand 1 - Transforming Teaching and Learning: During FY20, first and second semesters, Sims Academy Instructors will use the project-based learning model to facilitate a structured environment that incorporates academic and technical skills evident to real world application.

Tier 1 Action Steps

Coherent Instruction

Supportive Learning Environment

Evidence Based Documentation

Team Lead 

Timeline

Monitoring Implementation

Evaluation of Implementation and Impact

Resources

  • Meet or exceed state percentage EOPA pass rate for each tested pathway per semester during the 2019-20 school year.
  • 100% Sims Teachers receive EOPA Crosswalk Training
  • All pathways will implement a nd created/maintained/shared crosswalk document (created preplanning per discussion)
  • EOPA Study guides / teacher or purchased study guide (as a resource, if/when applicable)
  • Tutorial/review sessions
  • Strong
  • Moderate
  • Promising
  • Rationale

All teachers

Principal

August 2019- December 2019

January 2020- May 2020

Monitor the # of students who are eligible to take the EOPA test

 

Monitor the # of students meeting or exceeding state pass rate in the third level CTAE classes.

EOPA Pass Rate and Results

  • CTAE course availability per semester (based on master schedule planning)
  • EOPA study guide
  • Crosswalk documentation

 

 

  • All Sims Academy Instructors will use the project-based learning model to develop a PBL project for the Student Showcase.  The bulleted items below should be evident in all showcase projects.
  • 8 PBL Elements
  1. Significant Content
  2. 21st-Century Skills
  3. In-Depth Inquiry
  4. Driving Question
  5. Need to Know
  6. Student Voice & Choice
  7. Reflection & Revision
  8. Public Audience
  • Strong
  • Moderate
  • Promising
  • Rationale

Principal

All teachers

Lee Bane

Caroline Bucky-Beaver

August 2019 - December 2019

2 1-hour sessions (whole staff)

2 sessions (individualized support during classroom visits)

January 2020- April 2020

2 1-hour sessions (whole staff)

2 sessions (individualized support during classroom visits

Project checklist

Student Showcase presentations

Lesson plans outline project timelines

Classroom observations

  • CTAERN Network
  • RESA: Classroom Management training (Substitute teachers (if needed) to allow teacher participation)
  • The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal, emphasis on learning targets
  • CTAE Director (Budget for travel)
  • Lee Bane & Bucky-Beaver (8 PBL Professional Development Sessions)
  • Training 1: Overall training of PBL process & suggestions/examples of PBL per subject area
  • Training 2-8: PBL support per pathway
  • Important PBL links:
  • Classroom Management for Lateral Entry teachers
  • Training session through RESA
  • September 12 & 13, 2019: 8:30-4:30
  • $175/teacher
  • Strong
  • Moderate
  • Promising
  • Rationale

Principal

All teachers

System PL Coordinator

September 12, 2019

Lesson Plans

Instructional Rounds

Classroom observations (Formal and informal)

Peer reviews

Formal and Informal Observations

Additional supports for accelerated or academically struggling (Tiers 2-3) students

  • Remediation opportunities for students (missing/make up work, retesting, alternative assignments/assessments, performance opportunities)
  • Enrichment opportunities (i.e, SBEs, school-based projects, community based learning opportunities, Sims Student Showcase, STEAM showcase)  to keep accelerated students invested/engaged and provide opportunities for demonstration of skill at any level
  • Strategies to support SWD within in the co-taught setting are (not limited to): any level
  • One-on-one support
  • Rephrasing/clarifying directions
  • Small group
  • Extended time
  • Modifying test questions to reduce number of choices-per IEP
  • Provide immediate feedback
  • Check work frequently for understanding
  • Give redirection when needed to stay focused-per student needs

Professional Capacity building to support the above goal and action steps

  • PD for teachers (End in Mind/Crosswalks for EOPA)
  • GACTE
  • CTAERN and RESA related to pathways/courses
  • Professional learning on data analysis for all staff
  • Collaborative faculty/peer sessions monthly

Family and Community Engagement

  • Parent Orientation and Curriculum nights w/ high schools and middle school families to share EOPA information
  • Communicate with parents to share students’ progress in courses.  
  • Develop success plan and schedule parent conferences for students failing courses.
  • Share study materials with parents

Leadership Capacity

  • Principal will ensure progress reports are distributed for students who are failing courses.
  • Principal will ensure parents conferences are held for students failing courses.
  • Principal will ensure students and parents have access to test prep materials and monitor tutorial session attendance (biweekly).

Goal 2: FNGL Strand 3 - Transforming Business and Civic Engagement: 100% of Sims Academy instructors will increase stakeholder engagement within their pathway for the FY20 school year.

Tier 1 Action Steps

Coherent Instruction

Supportive Learning Environment

Evidence Based Documentation

Team Lead

Timeline

Monitoring Implementation

Evaluation of Implementation and Impact

Resources

  • Recruit, document stakeholder and post-secondary partnership engagement

  • Strong
  • Moderate
  • Promising
  • Rationale
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Business Liaison
  • Teachers
  • WBL Coordinators

August 2019- April 2020

  • Pictures
  • Video
  • Sign-in documentation
  • Guest Speaker agenda
  • Lesson plans

  • Teacher records of stakeholder participation
  • Recruitment plan for external stakeholders
  • Board of Directors Meeting minutes
  • School Governance Team
  • Sims Business Partners 2019-20 document
  • Board of Directors
  • School Governance Team
  • Develop post-secondary committee
  • Career day
  • College day
  • Panel discussions
  • Guest speakers
  • Create Stakeholder Recruitment Plan
  • Strong
  • Moderate
  • Promising
  • Rationale
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Teachers

August 2019- May 2020

  • Pictures
  • Video
  • Sign-in documentation
  • Guest Speaker agenda
  • Committee agenda
  • Committee meeting minutes
  • Lanier Tech
  • Board of Directors
  • Business Partners
  • Partnership Engagement
  • Project-based learning
  • Real world application as it relates to industry
  • Partnerships to solve real world problems in the workplace
  • Partnerships will provide real world projects (using PBL process) for CTAE classes
  • Strong
  • Moderate
  • Promising
  • Rationale
  • Teachers
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Business Liaison
  • STEM Instructional Technology Director

August 2019- May 2020

  • Documentation of Training
  • Project Outcomes
  • Student Showcase
  • Guest Speaker Agenda
  • Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Project Outcomes
  • Student Showcase
  • Advisory Committee Meeting minutes
  • Business Partners
  • Lee Bane
  • Caroline Bucky-Beaver
  • CTAE Advisory Committees
  • STEM Conference

Additional supports for accelerated or academically struggling (Tiers 2-4) students

       -      After- school tutoring opportunities

       -     Software applications to allow students to stay on track with assignments

Professional Capacity building to support the above goal and action steps

  • Teacher training on best practices with resumes
  • PL for Advisory Committees

Family and Community Engagement

       -          Engage community partners to help with mock interviews, job shadows, field trips

       -         Lunch and learns 

Leadership Capacity

      -        Principal will provide feedback to teachers during implementation of activities and during formative and summative conferences.

      -       Principal will ensure the administration, completion of surveys, and use of data for mock interviews and job shadow/virtual job shadow activities each semester.

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