Pattonville begins updating its strategic plan
Pattonville begins updating its strategic plan
Friday, September 8, 2017
On Sept. 5, Pattonville began work with parents, students, community members, staff and area leaders to update its strategic plan during its first CSIP (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan) meeting of the school year. The updated plan will focus on ensuring all students become "success-ready graduates" and planning for and addressing any critical issues that may arise in the areas of facilities, safety, staffing and finances.

"As we update our strategic plan, we'll build on our successes to create schools with the Class of 2030 in mind," said Dr. Mike Fulton, superintendent. "The Class of 2030 are today's kindergartners. The world in which they will graduate will be different from the world that exists today. We have to prepare them to learn, adapt and thrive in a future that has not yet been invented."

As part of the CSIP update, three committees are focusing on the concept of "success-ready graduates" by taking on the following tasks:
  • Student achievement - Design a competency-based, personalized learning environment (see definition below) in preschool through 12th grades that leads students to be ready for high school course content and, ultimately, success after graduation.
  • Student responsibility - Design a student responsibility framework for preschool through 12th grades that leads to all students being responsible citizens.
  • Extracurricular involvement and personal excellence - Design an athletics and activities program structure that leads to personal and team success at every level (elementary, middle school and high school).
A fourth committee will identify critical issues related to facilities, safety, staffing and finances that could impact Pattonville during the next 10 years and develop a plan to address them.

In a competency-based learning environment, students advance in their learning after showing they've mastered important concepts and skills (competencies) in different subject areas. They may advance through one subject more quickly than another based on their progress or need for more assistance. The competencies are specific and measurable, which allows assessments and tests to be more meaningful to both students and educators. Assessment becomes a way for students to monitor their own progress in mastering the competencies, and it helps teachers provide timely feedback and support that is customized to students' individual needs. Education becomes more than learning fact and figures. It transforms into a system where students apply knowledge to problems, use critical thinking skills and create new knowledge and ideas.

Additional district-level meetings for the CSIP update will be held on Nov. 15, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018. The goal is to present an updated plan to the Board of Education in February 2018. Work groups and school improvement teams will also meet separately to continue their work in between the district-level meetings. For more information or to get involved, contact your local school or the curriculum and instruction office at (314) 213-8007.

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