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school improvement plan:

SMART Goal: By June 2017, Aloha's graduation rate will be 80%, and our students entering a four-year or two-year college, vocational school, or the military will be 70%.

Instructional Focus:

CCR Strategy 1:  Inclusive Classrooms

 • Our Equity Committee is exploring issues of racial, ethnic, educational disabilities and socioeconomic equity specific to adult behaviors within the learning community. Areas of focus include cultural competency, instructional practice, student management and community engagement.  The committee is considering sponsoring the following activities, all designed to nurture culturally responsive classrooms:

  1. Action Research to explore the above mentioned topics
  2. Distinguished Speakers Series
  3. Starting a Student Equity Leadership Committee

• Our Advanced Placement (AP) Coordinator is researching and devising a plan to address the disproportionality that exists in our AP Program. Specifically, we will develop a strategy to increase the percentage of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in our Math and Science classes.

CCR Strategy 2:  Standards-Based Learning System

 • A needs assessment was designed and implemented in November, 2013 with both Faculty Council and the entire staff solicited. The needs assessment focused on teacher and counselor needs to fully implement a Standards Based Learning System (SBLS).

 • A strategic plan is being developed around the before mentioned needs assessment. Each of our Faculty Meetings will be devoted to executing this plan, as well as significant time at Faculty Council meetings and optional professional development sessions.

 CCR Strategy 3:  Learning Teams

 • After a discussion with our staff, a MOU was formulated, discussed and passed dedicating 1.5 - 2 hours each Professional Development Day and Grading Day to allow teachers and counselors to work in LTs.

 • Our Great Teaching (SBLS) SIP Committee is leading the effort to educate teachers regarding the efficacy of LTs and created a process to help form the teams. Their activities include:

  1. Professional Development in August and September, explaining why LTs are critical and how these collaborative groups work.
  2. Professional Development in September and October that allowed teachers to form groups around like Professional Growth Goals (PGG). Of special emphasis in November was forming group commitments, protocols and reviewed the commons goals of each teacher/counselor.
  3. On Monday, December 2 Learning Teams began the "cycle" of assessing their performance as it related to student achievement.
  4. Aloha HS LTs will continue this process, with a culminating project where LTs "share-out" their learnings to the entire staff.

• Additionally, Learning Teams continue to function in our 9th Grade Academy. Teachers and counselors from each 9th grade team (Blue, Green & Gold) meet once every six days to discuss student performance, strategize on methods for improving student achievement and assessing their performance as teachers and counselors.