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First phase of school improvement plan implemented

 

December 30, 2018

Alva High juniors and seniors participate in the strategic improvement process.

How can local schools improve? To find out, the Alva Public Schools has been working with the Oklahoma School Board Association and the K20 Center on a Continuous Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) this year. The plan is implemented in four phases.

The first phase involved community surveys and forums to obtain information regarding from students and stakeholders on their thoughts and ideas about the Alva school system. The school district held 11 community forums and received 566 survey responses.

The information from the forums and responses revealed the Core Values, Learner Expectations and Core Beliefs for the Alva Public Schools. These are listed below in rank order with the top being those with the most survey responses.

Core Values

In order to ensure quality teaching and learning, Alva Public Schools values:

• Quality teachers

• A respectful and nurturing environment

• Buildings and grounds

• School and community connections

• Up-to-date technology

• Quality programs

• Adequate financials

• Strong leadership

• A safe environment

• Small class sizes

By upholding these values, Alva Public Schools will create an environment of student-centered learning that has a rigorous curriculum and innovative teachers that have all necessary instructional materials to meet the diverse needs of students.

Learner Expectations

Alva Public Schools expects the graduates of 2028 to have:

• Effective communication skills

• Critical thinking

• Organization, goal setting and time management skills

• Creativity

• Mastery of core content

• Collaboration skills

• Conflict resolution

• Technology use

• Skills to locate and use information

• Financial skills

These expectations will create productive citizens that are college and/or career ready, globally aware, and equipped with the life skills necessary to be successful.

Core Beliefs

Alva Public Schools believes that to realize their expectations for graduates, teaching and learning should provide:

• Community service opportunities

• Family support and engagement

• Opportunities for creativity and innovation

Alva Superintendent Tim Argo speaks to elementary teachers in the Longfellow Library during a strategic improvement planning session.

• Relevant content

• Basic skills

• Opportunities for collaboration

• Education about post-high school opportunities

• Emphasis or consideration of student strengths/weaknesses

• Enrichment

• Community support

This type of teaching and learning, supported by counseling and remediation opportunities, will provide enriching experiences to teach students to use available technology to locate, evaluate and use information.

More Information

For more information and to stay up to date on the Continuous Strategic Improvement Plan, visit the school website, http://www.alvaschools.com, under the Strategic Planning tab.

 

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