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 best instructional practices, then teaching and learning will advance and realize high levels of growth and personal success for all learners.
Strategic Objective – Assessment and Data: Create dynamic assessments that provide reliable and valid data that informs teaching and learning in order to advance student performance.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Expand the capacity of Teachers and data teams to analyze and disaggregate data to to make necessary adjustments and changes to teaching and learning for both individual students and whole classes.
Expanded data team process has been implemented at all elementary schools. A two prong approach with data teams analyzing separately aggregated and disaggregated data has resulted in targeted interventions and Individual Student Support Plans.
STEM staff in grades 6-12 have completed at least 3 data meetings during department meeting time, with plans for at least 2 more for the remainder of 2016-2017. Next steps from the data meetings aid with CPT and team meetings, as well as interdisciplinary examinations of student performance.
Global Education teachers are expanding data practices to include the examination of enrollment data as well as assessment data.
Content facilitators in STEM have run several data meetings based on state and district common assessments (open response, benchmarks, midyear exam).