• 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.

    2. Use instructional resources that honor and preserve students’ diverse cultural backgrounds. 
      a. Select evidence-based, multicultural instructional resources.

    Student-Centered Learning

    1. Meet students’ unique academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs.
      a. 
      Equip schools to effectively implement the district’s multi-tiered, student-centered support system.
      b. 
      Set clear expectations for student instruction and ensure they are met through regular teacher observation and feedback.

    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.
      a. 
      Foster authentic and caring adult connections for every student.
      b. 
      Implement a consistent districtwide emergency response plan.

     Effective Employees

    1. Create positive and supportive work environments for all employees.
      a. 
      Support the success and well-being of every employee.

    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.
      a. 
      Facilitate the accurate collection, analysis, use, and reporting of data.
      b. 
      Allocate resources according to research-based best practices for student success.