2012-2013 Focus Goals:
- Increase a system-wide awareness of anti-bullying strategies and techniques
- Provide professional development that addresses strategies and techniques necessary for the instruction of Common Core State Standards
- Explore methods to increase our focus on the diverse populations within the City of Cleveland
- Fully implement SchoolNet Benchmark Assessments in grades 3-12 to increase standardized test scores
2012-2013 Continuing Goals
- Review, align, and take action on the Capital Needs Plan
- Provide support for meeting state accountability standards
- Oversee a safe and secure learning environment
- Provide support for enhancing K-12 literacy and numeracy skills
- Maintain a focus on school attendance and the system graduation rate
Cleveland City Schools 2012-2013 Strategic Plan
Approved July 10, 2012 by the Cleveland City School Board
Cleveland City School is committed to the pursuit of excellence
To educate and nurture students to be successful and productive citizens
INITIATIVE 1: Focus on High Student Achievement to Prepare Them for College and Career Readiness
Develop a consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.
a) Master foundational skills including reading, writing, mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
b) Focus on rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills.
c) Focus on communication and interpersonal skills, collaboration and adaptation to new situations.
Structure academic programs (e.g., length and frequency, blended learning, virtual learning) to meet the differential needs and interests of all populations of students.
INITIATIVE 2: Provide a Safe, Secure, and Welcoming climate for learning that creates a culture of high expectations, creativity, acceptance and diversity of thought.
Focus on the whole body (physical and mental) of the student
a) Care for the physical and emotional safety of all.
b) Encourage students to start each day healthy, rested, nourished and ready to learn.
c) Engage students fully in their learning.
A focus on new learning styles and tools, particularly using new technologies, to accommodate a diverse array of learning styles.
a) Reinforce the idea that learning happens anywhere and anytime (e.g., on-line instruction, community-based projects, etc.).
b) Increase the use of problem-based learning and divergent thought, and reduce the fear of failure.
INITIATIVE 3: Accountable and Trusted Leadership That Places Students and Teachers First.
Align the school division to high standards of ethics, performance, and financial accountability.
Focus on School Leadership Team Model at each school to drive the school’s Improvement Plan/Test Improvement Plan and guide action at each school.
INITIATIVE 4: Provide a Rich, Rewarding Experience for Professionals
Value professionals, provide them with the right tools and resources, and involve them in meaningful tasks.
a) Establish Division and school-development leadership and improvement councils (Director’s Student Advisory Council, Diverse Populations Council).
c) Increased focus on collaborative leadership teams in each school that works with the administration in all aspects of the school day.
d) Attract, retain and develop motivated, skilled professionals essential for student achievement.
Align curriculum, instruction, and assessments with research-based, high yield, best practices and next practices (ICLE), to help professionals to meet the diverse needs of students.
Encourage and celebrate innovation and excellence that inspires more creativity and depth in teaching.
INITIATIVE 5: Build trust and authentic partnerships with families and the broader community.
Focus on effective partnerships with families, communities, and staff. Promote extensive collaboration with all school partners to enable student success.
Communicate honestly and consistently with families, community, and staff.