The Big Picture: A Strategic Plan
Grand Canyon University
October 12, 2010
To any prospective parent, a school needs to present all the facts about itself, so as the parent may make the choice that is best for their child. Thirty years ago, when I was in school. There was no concern about scores, diversity, etc. You just went to your local elementary, middle and high school. Today parents are much more informed and curious about where their child is going to go. To some parents, it is quite important to have their children attend a culturally diverse school. “There is a richness that comes from students working side by side with others who are not of the same cookie-cutter mold,” notes Jean Snell. (Great Schools Staff, 2009, P.123) This is why it is so important for a school to annually update their school profile. Davidson Middle School is doing this on an annual basis, offering prospective parents all the facts to make an informed decision. The school profile can also be used by staff to see the changes that occur from year to year and take this information to improve in the areas that it is needed in(Educational Testing Service, 2008). The purpose of this assignment, besides giving a profile of my school, is to describe the vision for our school and school improvement, stakeholders expectations and strategies for meeting those ends, improving curriculum and instructional programs, and the schools wider role in building a complete school community. The Davidson Middle School states:
It is the mission of Davidson Middle School
to prepare students for adult life through
a quality education which emphasizes academics,
health, morals, diversity, hard work, cooperation
and problem solving. (DMS Handbook, 2010)
The statement describes in detail how the main goal of DMS is to prepare students for high school and beyond in the academic and social sense. The school vision is as follows: The vision of Davidson Middle School is to improve achievement for all students, the continued focus on diversity within the school and community building, highly effective teachers motivated towards the success of all students, the continued implementation of resources for educational programs, clear communication between teachers, students, administration, parents and the district office and the continued parent and family involvement (DMS Handbook, 2010)
The 2008 ISLLC standards one and three are very relevant to what I am writing about.
Standard 1: An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders (ISLLC, 2008)
Standard 3: An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment (ISLLC, 2008).
These standards set up most everything I want to discuss in this essay. As stated above, the vision of the school is straightforward and clear. The goals of the vision are directed at meeting the expectations of all the stakeholders; students, parents, teachers, and the administration. The most important of these is the improvement of the student academic success. Those that are able to successfully navigate their academics are usually kids with a strong understanding of how important education is in today’s world. We are slowly drifting away from blue collar careers, so being able to succeed in education is so important. There is a large group of students whose parents come from cultures where an education is not seen as important as here, therefore the support to succeed is not present. That is why it is so important to be able to offer services that are aimed at this group of the school population. SNAP (Safe Neighborhood Academic Program) is a program that is partly funded by the district and on a...
References: Davidson Middle School Website Home Page, 2010
Parents ask about School Profiles. 2008. ets.org/media/about_ets_/pdf/title1-5.pdf
Great Schools Staff. Schools: Involved Parents. Succesful kids. How important is cultural diversity at your school?. 2002. greatschools.org/find_a_school/defining_your_ideal
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