• Our Community's Plan for School Progress

    Our Process

    A new superintendent arrives and hundreds flock to meet him. They shine a light on district strengths and challenges and share creative ideas for school improvement. He listens and learns. He works with the school board, staff, and school families to develop a five-year strategic plan. Together, we launch year one of a plan that reflects the community's vision for the future of its public schools. 

    Our Promise

    Lawrence Public Schools will ensure that students of all races, backgrounds, and abilities achieve at high levels, demonstrate proficiency in reading by the third grade and in math by the eighth grade, and graduate on time prepared for success in college and careers.

    Cohesive Curriculum

    1. Identify what students should know and be able to do PreK-12+.
      a. Identify learning standards for consistent districtwide implementation of the curriculum.
      1. Create district scope and sequence for each content, grade level, and course.
      2. Bring the scope and sequence and potential resources to district advisory committees for feedback.
    2. Use instructional resources that honor and preserve students’ diverse cultural backgrounds. 
      a. Ensure the use of evidence-based, multicultural instructional resources.
      1. Identify the current resources teachers are using for content areas, grade levels, and courses.
      2. Evaluate these resources for alignment to standards, scope, and sequence; and cultural relevance.
      3. Select primary and supplementary culturally relevant resources within the curriculum teams.
      4. Survey and gather staff input and feedback about curriculum and resources after one year of implementation.
      5. Review survey results and revise the curriculum and resources with content area, grade level, and course curriculum team.
      6. Define curriculum non-negotiables and ensure sustainability and accountability.

    Student-Centered Learning

    1. Meet students’ unique academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs.  
      1. Equip schools to effectively implement the district’s multi-tiered, student-centered support system.
        1. Develop a professional development plan for district and building administrators and teachers for 2019-2020.
        2. Establish District Leadership Team for multi-tiered, student-centered support system (Ci3T).
        3. Schedule monthly, one-hour meetings for the 2019-2020 school year.
        4. Develop a plan to support building Ci3T Teams by focusing on data, team membership expertise, and essential implementation components.
        5. Determine the need for additional budget authority and positions and develop job descriptions.
        6. Create a professional development plan for district and building administrators based upon building needs assessments.
      2. Set clear expectations for student instruction and ensure they are met through regular teacher observation and feedback.
        1. Partner with Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) to revise and evaluate draft instructional framework.
        2. Develop a plan for the rollout of the instructional framework.
        3. Create an administrative professional development plan.
        4. Implement a tool for gathering instructional snapshots systemwide.
        5. Embed existing practices in instructional framework and snapshots tool and explore partnerships to support them. 
    2. Decrease barriers to college and career readiness PreK-12+.

     Safe and Supportive Schools

    1. Encourage positive student behaviors and reduce behaviors that interfere with learning.

    2. Provide safe and welcoming schools that engage every student. 
      1. Foster authentic and caring adult connections for every student. 
        1. Provide a framework outlining the elements, actions, and definitions critical to developing caring relations and meaningful connections. 
        2. Determine a method for schools to identify the accuracy of the current state of moving adult interactions from nice to necessary.
        3. Provide schools opportunities for reflection to grow the current level of meaningful interactions from what is done intuitively to what should be done intentionally.
        4. Develop practical strategies and methods to intentionally infuse building relationships as a priority in all daily adult interactions.
        5. Establish a method for using feedback to monitor and strengthen observable adult actions.
        6. Provide opportunities to develop and support positive relationships through professional development and Professional Learning Communities.
        7. Establish a process that focuses on strengthening relationships in schools as a catalyst for students’ academic success.
        8. Identify opportunities and intentionally infuse authentic relationship-building into current practices, structures, and curriculum.
        9. Design an accountability structure for sustainability.
        10. Develop a communications plan to inform parents and community members of our efforts to ensure every student feels a connection with at least one adult at school.
      2. Implement a consistent districtwide emergency response plan.
        1. Purchase and implement the use of a visitor identification and check-in system at all schools.
        2. Update surveillance camera software and train staff to use it.
        3. Develop and implement a surveillance camera maintenance plan.
        4. Develop and implement a surveillance camera replacement and expansion plan.
        5. Investigate and pilot a mobile security system.
        6. Determine the feasibility of implementation of a mobile security system.
        7. Conduct a third-party safety and security audit of all school buildings with guidance from U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
        8. Develop an internal safety and security audit plan and train staff to implement it.
        9. Implement an internal safety and security audit plan for all buildings.
        10. Revise and update crisis plans in the District Emergency Operations Plan.
        11. Revise and update the Continuity of Operations portion of the District Emergency Operations Plan.
        12. Develop and implement security procedures and workflow for student internet searches using keyword flags.
        13. Develop and implement ongoing staff training in crisis procedures.
        14. Develop and implement an ongoing de-escalation and crisis management system.
        15. Develop a plan and custodial staff training for maintenance of electronic door locks and key fobs.
        16. Develop and implement a staff training plan for proper use of electronic door locks and key fobs.
        17. Conduct a feasibility study of the continued use of combination door locks.
        18. Evaluate City of Lawrence proposal to share the costs of school resource officers.
        19. Implement a system to add emergency SMS text alerts for staff, parents/guardians, and high school students.
        20. Equip all fire panels with call-in capabilities. 

     Effective Employees

    1. Create positive and supportive work environments for all employees.
      1. Support the success and well-being of every employee.
        1. Develop and support Professional Learning Communities. 
        2. Support the training and success of all classified employee groups.
        3. Update the classified evaluation tool to reflect duties of positions. 
        4. Update for certified staff the Charlotte Danielson evaluation materials and professional learning.
        5. Revise and implement fall and spring climate surveys and staff stay and exit interviews. 
        6. Add a climate and culture focus to each administrative monthly professional development. 
        7. Implement a site-based monthly recognition program for all employee groups.
        8. Provide an overview of health and wellness resources to all staff members.
    2. Attract high-quality candidates for all employee groups.

     Data-Informed Decisions

    1. Use data to inform all instructional decisions.

    2. Develop systems that support student-focused, data-based decision-making.
      1. Facilitate the accurate collection, analysis, use, and reporting of data.
        1. Develop a District Data Team to review data reporting methods. 
        2. Create a data dictionary for the Academic Team. 
        3. Determine measurement tools. 
        4. Create an assessment schedule. 
        5. Develop standard reports. 
        6. Provide training and professional development on business rules for all personnel entering data. 
        7. Develop a schedule for checking for fidelity. 
        8. Collect staff feedback. 
        9. Develop a communications plan to keep staff informed.
        10. Revise standard reports.
      2. Allocate resources according to research-based best practices for student success.
        1.  Finalize the membership of the Budget and Program Evaluation Team. 
        2. Communicate to budget managers the Budget and Program Evaluation Team’s selection of programs and departments for evaluation. 
        3. Review requests for new funding. 
        4. Review and implement a prioritization process to evaluate budget additions, reductions, and reallocations, and present suggestions to the Board of Education.
        5. Determine a list of programs to review in the fall of the 2020-2021 school year. 
        6. Provide the Board of Education an update about any requests for new funding for the 2020-2021 school year.
        7. Present a draft of the 2020-2021 budget to the Board of Education.
        8. Support the Board of Education in conducting the annual public budget hearing and considering approval of the 2020-2021 budget for publication.