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Red Clay Implements New Strategic Plan
Red Clay is gearing up for the implementation of a new, four-year Strategic Plan beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. The plan, which is centered on a theme of "preparing today for tomorrow," was approved unanimously by the Red Clay Board of Education on July 11, 2012.
The Strategic Plan consists of five goals and will serve as a guide for district decisions over the next four years, framing where to allocate resources, how to prioritize funding, where to assign personnel, and how best to train teachers and staff.
Each goal in the Strategic Plan stems from a high-priority area where Red Clay would like to see significant improvement by 2016. For each goal, the district has provided rationale for its importance and its relation to the district vision and mission of academic success for all students. The district has also established targeted benchmarks and a measurable outcome for all five goals.
The plan and supporting documents are available on the new Strategic Plan website. In preparation for year 1 implementation, the district's strategic planning team is completing detailed action plans for the five strategic goals, which will also be available online.
The five goals included in the plan are:
- Goal 1: Every classroom will have a highly effective educator led by highly effective administrators.
- Goal 2: All students will read at or above grade level by the end of third grade.
- Goal 3: Schools will continue to close the achievement gap for all students, with a particular focus on our English Language Learners and students with disabilities.
- Goal 4: All students will graduate college- and career-ready.
- Goal 5: Parents and the community will be engaged in the education of students.
In order to meet the district's goals, Red Clay has identified four core strategies. They include providing a high-quality educational experience that is rigorous and engaging for all students; implementing the best professional development to promote continuous improvement and success for teachers and administrators; building strong relationships with students, families, and community partners; and providing appropriate resources and conditions to foster the highest level of student learning and success, particularly in our lowest-performing schools.
Over the next four years, all members of the Red Clay community will see increased opportunities for success. For teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators, implementation of the plan will involve targeted professional development; a new system for recruiting, developing, supporting, evaluating, and rewarding educators; highly effective literacy coaches and reading specialists for K–3 students and teachers; a systemic, four-year professional development plan for all K–3 teachers and administrators, targeting Partnership Zone or other low-achieving schools; and a sustained, district-wide commitment to providing teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to close the achievement gap for all English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities (SWDs).
For students, the plan will bring expanded opportunities for early and extended learning; increased opportunities for participation in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs; and summer and after-school enrichment / intervention programs for targeted students.
For parents and community members, the Strategic Plan will mean increased parent and community involvement in literacy initiatives; greater district-wide parent involvement in support of ELLs' and SWDs' success; partnerships with local colleges, universities, and community organizations to improve college and career readiness; and increased family partnerships to support post-secondary success.
For more information about the Strategic Plan, visit the new Strategic Plan website, which will provide:
- Copies of the full Strategic Plan, available in English and Spanish
- Action plans for all five goals (drafts in development through late summer / early fall 2012)
- Background information about the strategic planning process
- Semi-annual progress updates, beginning in winter 2013
- FAQs for parents, staff, and the community
- Strategic Plan news and events
- Archives including recent presentations on the Strategic Plan
Information on this page maintained by Pati Nash