Vision – We engage all students in learning, raising the aspirations of all students by embracing them in a learning environment designed to meet the needs of all learners. We provide a comprehensive curriculum aligned with state and national standards that challenges and prepares all learners from Pre K to 12 and beyond. The curriculum is research-based and consistently integrates best practices to provide a focus that is aligned horizontally and vertically across all grades and addresses the needs of all students. The Melrose Public Schools employs highly-qualified teachers and administrators who engage students in a positive and dynamic manner, are student-focused, and work individually and collaboratively to effectively deliver instruction and assessment and advance student performance in all areas of learning. (excerpt: Melrose Public Schools Strategic Plan 2010-2015)
Theory of Action – If educators plan instruction with clear learning objectives, develop a culture and climate that fosters strong relationships within the school community, design a current and well-articulated curriculum, and apply the best instructional practices, then teaching and learning will advance and realize high levels of growth and personal success for all learners.
Strategic Objective – Instruction: Create a learning community that fosters opportunities that provide for multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression so that all students can be engaged and grow academically and personally.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Expand the options and opportunities for inclusive and targeted professional development based on teacher input and identified district, school, and educator goals.
The Professional Development Committee meets regularly to plan and review current offerings for teachers. Evaluation of each offering provide insight into teacher needs.
January 17th professional development day will provide staff with an array of offerings in multiple areas so that teachers can choose which professional development best meets their needs and interests.
Several online study groups and book study groups have been used several times during the summer and the fall. This summer over 50 PreK-5 teachers participated in an online book study focused on social emotional learning. Another this fall focused on Universal Design for Learning. A book study on English Learners is planned for this winter using Google Classroom as a platform.
Humanities staff is working to implement additional teaching strategies and best practices recommended in district, school, and individual PD offerings from summer and fall 2016.
On the November 8th Professional Development Day all guidance counselors and school psychologists attended workshops on Transgender Students, Mindfulness, Disability Supports, and Service Learning.
Created 12 “badges” related to technology integration that teachers can earn through the completion of specific tasks to show competency in the topic.
An online 10 hour course was developed and implemented to focus on UDL and ELLs.
Several book studies have been conducted this school year and more are planned for this summer focused on topics generated from PD staff survey.
A district team attended a DESE sponsored workshop on Differentiation using WIDA. The team will replicate the professional development this coming fall.