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 – Planning: Employ purposeful and deliberate planning that is designed to provide each student the opportunity to achieve a high level of content mastery and skill development.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Begin to incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into existing curriculum documents (UbD units), including teacher SMART goals and School Improvement Plans.
At the elementary level, some schools have developed or are in the process of developing lesson plans to support explicit teaching of school based expectations to all students.
MMSI-trained teachers as well as teachers who attended various summer and fall PD workshops are sharing those experiences and new expertise with other staff members at CPT and early release meeting times.
MVMMS counseling staff in grades 6-8 have developed and are using SEL lessons on healthy relationships, anti-bullying, and suicide prevention skills in classroom/advisory lessons, and as the basis for SMART goals.
The Wellness department is in the process of creating lesson plans that are inclusive of all students.
District team of six staff participated this winter in a Mass Focus Academy on UDL and Engagement. From the training, a one day overview of the material will be shared this summer. In addition, plans are underway for sharing the material next year with staff.