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A Plan for Systemic Change and School Turnaround

The Schenectady City School District is partnering with five organizations in an effort to make positive changes in all of our schools and to close student achievement gaps across all sub-groups.  Our goal is to instill equity as the core of what we do by looking at personnel, systems, structures and strategies so that race, economics and disability will not be predictors for student achievement.

We will be working closely, under the guidance of New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, to develop a data driven system with structures that will help us close achievement gaps and improve instruction for all students.  In short, we will undergo transformation as we build a system that will drive how we educate our children.

This initiative is related to our designation as a “Focus” district by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the additional funds made available to help us get out from under the designation.  The "Focus" identification does not mean that a district is failing.  It means there is a strong focus on areas for school improvement.  We are working hard to improve teaching and learning as well as attendance and graduation rates.

This initiative is related to our designation as a “Focus” district by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the additional funds made available to help us get out from under the designation.  The "Focus" identification does not mean that a district is failing.  It means there is a strong focus on areas for school improvement.  We are working hard to improve teaching and learning as well as attendance and graduation rates.

Leaders from the following five organizations are working with us in the district-wide systemic turnaround process.

  • New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education
     
  • District Management Council (DMC)
     
  • New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC)
     
  • Learning Technology Visions (LTV)
     
  • Northeast Regional Information Center (NERIC)

Together with these partners, we will be working to implement a cohesive systemic design that will build capacity in the classroom, in all of the schools and at the district level and will be without limitations.  Our partners will help us create the elements of the system including the instructional design and assessment tools.  They will be here to provide guidance, technical assistance, support and training throughout the two-year implementation period.

Representatives from the Schenectady City School District recently met with all of the partners collectively to plan the process and move forward.  The process, led by the Metro Center, will include completing comprehensive work and on a tight timeline.  The process and work will include input and cooperation of all members of the school community.

As the process moves forward, we will share updates and keep members of the school community informed. 

 

November 2013
School Improvement Process

Year 1

Presentation to the Board of Education May 8 2013

The District
Managment Council

Special Education Opportunities Review

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December  5 2012

Meeting Minutes 

Other Notes

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Partner Update
Learning Technology Visions LLC Update

Collaborative Meeting
December 5 2012

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November 2012

Narrative

About the Partners

Scope of Work

 


Information will continue to be updated and posted as the work progresses.
 

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact Lori McKenna at or 881-3405 or email
mckennal@
schenectady.k12.
ny.us

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