'Jeffco Generations' tactics under review before January revision

Board discusses plan's effectiveness at December meeting

Staff report
Posted 12/9/19

With the end of the year approaching, the Board of Education conducted its annual discussion around the district's strategic plan, Jeffco Generations, during the annual Colorado Association of School …

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'Jeffco Generations' tactics under review before January revision

Board discusses plan's effectiveness at December meeting

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With the end of the year approaching, the Board of Education conducted its annual discussion around the district's strategic plan, Jeffco Generations, during the annual Colorado Association of School Boards Convention Dec. 5 through 8.

Since the plan was created in 2017, the district has held yearly reviews to assess which elements of Jeffco Generations have been successful and which may be in need of alteration, according to the board's Dec. 6 meeting agenda.

The board's meeting included a conversation around Jeffco 2019 scores on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessment. District scores on the CMAS, PSAT and SAT were slightly higher than state averages, but overall student improvement from 2018 to 2019 was low compared to previous years.

The district aims to reverse the trend in 2020, Chief Academic Officer Matt Flores said at the board's September meeting.

At the same meeting, Director of Assessment and Research Heather MacGillivary suggested one way to improve scores could be to help teachers better execute tasks in Jeffco Generations, with some educators saying they feel unequipped to implement the plan's strategies.

Each year, the district presents a revised strategic plan to the board in January. A revised plan may remove, alter or add to the 26 tactics outlined in the plan.

Community members can write to the board or call district leaders with questions or suggestions about new and current tactics prior to the revised plan's approval in January. Current tactics include:

Learning tactics

Transform the Task - Encourages educators to implement innovative methods to teach and assess students.

Responsive Teaching - Tailors education to students' individual needs through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

Customized Pathways - Promotes community partnerships to develop postsecondary workforce readiness in students.

Technology to Transform Learning - Integrates technology instruction and use into daily curriculum.

Full Range of Human Experience - Prepares students for jobs through the learning of arts, language and fitness.

Student-Directed Learning - Allows students to drive their own learning experiences.

District capacity to promote learning

Professional Model of Teaching - Assists individual schools with teacher retention by meeting educator needs, such as compensation and professional development.

High Expectations - Incorporates Colorado state standards into the curriculum.

Commitment to Equity - Develops and allocates resources, such as facilities or staff, to better meet the needs of underserved populations.

Educator Learning - Provides new learning experiences for faculty and staff.

Student capacity to learn

Schools as Community Hubs - Partners with community organizations to provide food, medical care and other services for students.

Social-Emotional Supports - Implements multi-tiered structure in every school to provide emotional support to students.

Expanding Early Childhood Education - Increases the quantity and quality of options for preschool enrollment.

Meaningful Family and Community Engagement - Follows National Family Engagement Standards to promote parent involvement in all schools.

Technology

Devices - Ensures all students have equitable access to digital devices.

Infrastructure to Support Student Learning - Seeks to increase bandwidth across the district.

Data Management, Integration & Exchange - Improves strategies to communicate district data to residents.

Operations and Legal

Safe and Reliable Student Transportation - Enhances transportation experience to increase student ridership.

Safe and Secure Facilities to Support Learning - Funds building modernization and maintenance.

Fresh and Healthy Meals - Focuses on meal quality to increase student participation in school lunch.

Safe School Environments - Provides emergency prevention and response training to staff.

Educate for Professionalism - Creates opportunities for district leaders to help maintain a professional learning environment.

Finance and Communications

Funding for Equity - Dedicates financial resources to underserved populations, with a current focus on assisting those who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.

Financial Management Support - Assists district financial leaders in allocating resources and communicating decisions to the community.

Communicate to Inform, Engage and Inspire - Seeks to develop a comprehensive communications plan.

Public Education Advocacy - Aligns the district with efforts of statewide advocacy groups.

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