Grand Meadow Public School Literacy Plan

2019-2020

 

 

 All Minnesota School Districts are required to develop (or revise) and implement a local literacy plan based on the five elements prescribed under MS section 120B.12:

Five requirements to be included in the local literacy plan include:

  1. How you will ensure reading proficiency for all students by the end of Grade 3.
  2. The process to assess students’ level of reading proficiency.
  3. How you will notify and involve parents.
  4.  How and when you will intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level.
  5. How you will identify and meet staff development needs. 

 All Minnesota School Districts are required to develop (or revise) and implement this local literacy plan so that teachers provide comprehensive scientifically based reading instruction consistent with PL 122A.06 subd. 4:

Comprehensive scientifically based reading instruction includes:

  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Phonics
  •  Phonemic Awareness

Grand Meadow Public Schools Mission Statement:

Educational excellence for all learners in a global society

Grand Meadow Pubic Schools Vision Statement:

To create a safe learning environment that inspires and prepares students for a global society

Grand Meadow Public School will:

  • Provide a safe and secure learning environment
  • Integrate technology as a learning tool for all students
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of ALL learners
  • Provide global perspective using real-world learning opportunities
  • Provide local assessments that coordinate with Reading Goals(MCA-III Reading, Fastbridge aReading and CBM reading assessments, McMillan McGraw Hill Reading Series assessments)
  • Provide interventions through Fountas and Pinell leveled literacy and Great Leaps fluency programs.

 

Lifelong Adult and Student Learners:

 

  • Parent/Guardian involvement for early literacy growth
  • Parents and Guardians should read each day to their child(ren)
  • Teachers will learn about students prior literacy knowledge at Back to School Conferences in the fall to create a foundational knowledge based of a student’s literacy skillset
  • Students will expand their literacy knowledge through reading and writing activities to enhance their literacy knowledge

 

All Learners Can Read:

  • Research based literacy strategies will be implemented to meet the needs of all students
  • Data analysis will be utilized to create small group instruction utilizing research based interventions
  • Technology based interventions will be utilized as an additional instructional tool to meet the needs of all students
  • Staff Development will be planned in concert with the annual Q-Comp goals to focus on literacy plans for all faculty and staff members

 

Focused Reading and Language Arts Instructional Time:

  • Grades K-3 – 6o minute blocks of time each day to focus on Literacy Instruction
  • Center –Based and small group instruction utilizing research base intervention for 30 minutes a day
  • Teachers will read to student on a daily basis
  • Student will read orally to peers or teacher on a daily basis
  • Reading and writing is the responsibility of all teachers, staff, parents and community members
  • Implementation of Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) in K-12 classrooms. Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) uses technology to bring the teaching—and learning—experience into an evolving documented process that is easy to use, accessible anywhere, and aligned district-wide. BYOC was founded on a belief that curriculum must be of value to teachers. With BYOC, teachers don’t have to recreate curriculum from scratch each year. By simply entering curriculum once, then continuously assessing and improving, educators can save time on curriculum management, enter a process of continuous improvement, and shift focus to their true passion—teaching. For more information visit: http://www.schoolsoftwaregroup.com/

 

Continuous Improvement Action Plan:

 

Grand Meadow Public Schools is a recognized Q-Comp school in the state of Minnesota. The focus of the Q-Comp plan for Staff Development has been Reading. The focus on Reading, along with creating a systematic method of analyzing student scores based on MCA ( Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) Grand Meadow Schools have been able to meet or exceed the State requirements for Reading. Each year the Q-Comp Team analyzes student data, along with prior year’s staff development goals and objectives. The leadership team, along with administration, decided to use FAST as the tool to assess student growth for the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

MCA Goals for 2019:                                               Projected MCA goals for 2020:

District: 63.4%                                                        District: 66.4%

Elementary: 66.2%                                                 Elementary: 69.2%

Middle School: 67.1%                                             Middle School: 70.1%

High School: 49.8%                                                 High School: 52.8%

Plans and goals are established by the Q-Comp Leadership team; which include district administration. Weekly meetings are led by the Q-Comp leaders to discuss and implement strategies and techniques to enhance instruction. The focus for the 2017-2018 school year were a continuation of the research based book studies on differentiation, technology as instructional tool and utilizing a faculty based trainer to have monthly focused learning sessions based on the five areas of Differentiated Instruction. The goals for the 2018-2019 school year was to raise each category by 4%. The goal for the 2019-2020 school year is to focus on continuous areas of differentiation along with implementation of Buildyourown curriculum in an effort to meet the needs of all learners along with raising each category by 3%.

In addition to Q-comp goal attainment, a staff survey will be created to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and interventions are being carried out.

For further in-depth details of Staff Development and implantation practices see the Grand Meadow Q-Comp plan on the Minnesota Department of Education website under the school support category.