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 – Increase the opportunities for all staff – particularly Content Facilitators and Elementary Instructional Leaders – to model and lead each other in planning curriculum and instruction, analyzing data, and problem solving solutions that benefit students.
Elementary Instructional Leaders have been co-planning and facilitating staff and curriculum meetings in collaboration with their principals, instructional coaches, and district leadership. Agendas have been purposefully planned to meet the individual needs of the schools.
Content Facilitators have taken on the role of supporting assessment development, revision, and administration. They have taken on the role of leading individual department meetings as well.
Teachers representing various disciplines K-12 across the district participated in a Data and Decision-Making PD course opportunity provided through Salem State University and developed plans to augment the use of data in their own courses and departments, modeling that use for other MHS teachers.