Superintendent's Update

 

Mr. Nix

Accelerating Learning 2022-2023

We’ve all heard reports in the news about mitigating learning loss, so I am dedicating this Superintendent’s Update to Catoosa County Public Schools strategies for accelerating learning.


Literacy
Research indicates that a child’s ability to read at grade level by third grade is the most significant predictor of future success because students should transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

CCPS invested in LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional learning to provide elementary school teachers, academic coaches, and administrators with deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in the science of reading. Through LETRS® training, teachers develop the skills they need to master teaching the five essential components of literacy, plus writing, spelling, and oral language. Teachers also learn how to implement instructional routines and activities to differentiate instruction to meet the literacy needs of all students in the classroom.

Teachers and academic coaches assess students on a regular basis to understand each student’s strengths and challenges. This allows educators to target instruction with the goal of accelerating learning and ensuring students are reading on grade level.

PLC Process
Catoosa County Public Schools began the PLC process in 2017. The term “PLC” stands for Professional Learning Community. As a Model PLC district, we are focused on working collaboratively to ensure that every child is successful, supported, and engaged. Our teachers, academic coaches, staff, and administrators work diligently to identify gaps in student learning, to plan academic interventions, and to be intentional about forming strong connections between students and adults in the school.

Tier 1 Core Program - The purpose of Tier 1 is to provide all students access to the essential grade‐level curriculum and effective initial instruction.

Tier 2 Supplemental Intervention - Throughout a unit of study, some students need additional time and support to master their essential grade‐level curriculum. This support is focused on very specific essential standards and learning targets. Placement into Tier 2 interventions must be timely, targeted, flexible, and fluid.

Tier 3 Intensive Intervention - For students who are 2-grade levels behind in math and/or reading, intensive interventions are provided by teachers who are highly trained in the area where students have a learning deficit.

High schools have recently added data walls to individually monitor students’ academic achievements and to keep every student on track to graduate. Each week teachers, administrators, academic coaches, counselors, and graduation coaches meet to review student progress and adjust the data wall accordingly. This is a “real-time” picture of every student in the school. This process ensures that gaps are identified and remediated quickly to accelerate learning and increase student success.

Elementary and middle schools have a similar process through ASIT (Academic student intervention team) and BSIT (Behavior student intervention team). These teams of educational experts meet regularly to review individual student data and identify students who may need additional time and support to master the content.


Partnering with Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians are a child’s first and best teachers and it is critical for student success that we partner together!

Elementary School FAST (Family and School Team) nights are held 3 times a year. These nights focus on providing families a clear picture of their child’s progress, how to understand data the school sends home, and strategies families can provide at home to accelerate student learning.

CCPS also provides access to Infinite Campus Parent Portal for all guardians to help families remain up to date on student progress. If you need assistance accessing this important resource, please contact your school principal. Regular communication through weekly newsletters, progress reports, and SchoolCast messages also help parents to stay informed and to ensure our critical partnership with parents is strong.


Additional support provided by ESSER funds (Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Funds)

Reading specialists in every school
Summer academic camps
Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camps
New technology for students, teachers, and classrooms

Catoosa County Public School’s value promise to the community is Every Child, Every Day, Without Exception. I hope this information encourages you that we are taking this promise seriously. We are intentionally and consistently identifying each child’s level of learning, monitoring their progress, providing additional support and interventions, and helping them to form critical connections with other students and adult mentors in our schools. Providing each and every child with an environment where they are healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and making significant academic progress to accelerate learning is our daily mission. We cannot accomplish this alone though, and we thank YOU for your support and partnership as we work together to ensure that every child is successful!


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Vision Statement

Catoosa County Public Schools will prepare every child to reach their full potential, so they graduate prepared to be good citizens and leaders of the future.

Mission Statement

Catoosa County Public Schools is a student-focused learning community, where excellence is expected from staff and students, every day, without exception.

Value Promise

Every child, every day, without exception.