School Improvement & Innovation Plan

At-A-Glance Published October 2017

Development of School Plan

West Potomac is maintaining the three goal areas from 2016-2017. For all three goal areas, 2017-2018 will be year 2 of a three-year planning cycle. Departments, Collaborative Team, and School-wide Teams have created goals and identified strategies and action steps to support their work in these three focus areas.

Disciplinary Literacy Focus Area

2017-2018 Disciplinary Literacy Learning Targets

To support the work of departments, collaborative teams, and teachers, we have identified learning targets rather than SMART goals to serve as guides. The learning targets for our focus on Disciplinary Literacy are:

1. I can weave literacy into my instruction day to day, week to week, across the school year.

2. I can model thinking strategies to help all levels of readers make sense of texts in my subject area to help students read increasingly complex text.

Connections to FCPS Initiatives

  • Learning Model: Concept-Based Curriculum, Meaningful Learning Experiences
  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Academic Support, Access to Rigor
  • Ignite: Student Success

2017-2018 Disciplinary Literacy Measures & Metrics

  • Teachers participating in professional learning (e.g., learning walks)
  • Increased minority enrollment in advanced academic courses (e.g., AVID students , Young Scholars)
  • Increasing mean scores on AP exams – might consider narrowing to courses of focus
  • SOL performance by sub groups

Responsive Instruction (RI) Focus Area

2017-2018 Responsive Instruction (RI) Learning Targets

To support the work of departments, collaborative teams, and teachers, we have identified learning targets rather than SMART goals to serve as guides. The learning targets for our focus on Responsive Instruction are:

1. I can use assessment data to sort students into tiers so that they receive the most appropriate strategies, interventions, and enrichment for their learning needs.

2. I can select and implement strategies, interventions, and enrichment for students so that each one can make appropriate progress in my subject area.

3. I can monitor students’ progress using individualized goals and periodic check ins and retier students as a result.

Connections to FCPS Initiatives

  • Learning Model: Purposeful Assessments
  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Academic Support
  • Ignite: Student Success

2017-2018 Responsive Instruction Measures & Metrics

  • OTG overall and sub groups
  • SOL performance by sub group
  • Retained students by grade level
  • Retained students progressing by grade level

Innovation Goal—Project Based Learning (PBL) Focus Area

2017-2018 PBL Learning Targets

To support the work of departments, collaborative teams, and teachers, we have identified learning targets rather than SMART goals to serve as guides. The learning targets for our focus on PBL are:

1. I develop a PBL unit that addresses all elements of a PBL experience.

2. I can incorporate Portrait of Graduate skills into the PBL units I develop.

3. I utilize both traditional and performance based assessments in a PBL unit.

Connections to FCPS Initiatives

  • Learning Model: Concept-Based Curriculum, Meaningful Learning Experiences, Purposeful Assessments
  • Ignite: Student Success

2017-2018 PBL Measures & Metrics

  • CTs implementing PBL units
  • Students participating in PBL units
  • Types of assessments associated with PBL units
  • Growth of students’ POG skills

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