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Vision 2018 – Goal 1: Students

Every student achieves academic excellence in an inspiring, engaging and supportive environment.

Research shows that engagement in learning, hope for the future, and a sense of well-being are the most accurate predictors of students’ long-term success. How can we develop these attributes among our students?

  • Provide personal attention, encouragement and consistent support.
  • Reward asking the right questions more than having the right answers.
  • Encourage innovation, appropriate risk-taking, perseverance, and collaboration.

Students: Connect your education to your interests

Take hold of your academic success and engage in the learning process.

  • Find out what clubs meet at your school and get involved with what interests you.
  • Prepare yourself for college. Take the PSAT and get ahead, or try an AP course next semester.
  • Take part in HCASC (Howard County Association of Students) and develop your leadership skills.
  • Discover a career. Seek out opportunities with Project Lead the Way, Career Academies, and Internships.

Outcomes and Strategies

Outcome 1.1

The instructional program is rigorous, globally-relevant, and aligned with international and/or nationally recognized college and career readiness standards.

  • Strategy 1.1.1 – Implement curriculum that meets or exceeds national and/or international standards in all relevant content areas.
  • Strategy 1.1.2 – Embed multiple opportunities for acceleration into the instructional program
  • Strategy 1.1.3 – Provide learning experiences that promote depth of knowledge
  • Strategy 1.1.4 – Embed the development of creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking into the instructional program.
  • Strategy 1.1.5 – Provide learning opportunities that span multiple subject areas.
  • Strategy 1.1.6 – Develop robust world language instruction and international learning opportunities K-12.
  • Strategy 1.1.7 – Expand opportunities for students to explore and prepare for specialized careers.

Outcome 1.2

Students have equitable access to a rigorous instructional program.

  • Strategy 1.2.1 – Provide equitable access to rigorous coursework Pre-K-12, including Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement, and world language.
  • Strategy 1.2.2 – Strengthen programs and initiatives that focus on eliminating achievement gaps.
  • Strategy 1.2.3 – Incorporate inclusive practices and presumed competence of students with disabilities.
  • Strategy 1.2.4 – Incorporate inclusive language development practices and presumed competence for English Language Learners.
  • Strategy 1.2.5 – Collaborate with the community and county government to provide services and supports to families impacted by poverty so students have equitable access to learning.

Outcome 1.3

Technology is leveraged so that students have access to learning experiences that meet their needs and interests.

  • Strategy 1.3.1 – Expand options for earning credits, including credit for external courses, technical training and certifications, internships, and externships.
  • Strategy 1.3.2 – Provide relevant technologies, including collaborative online environments, that enhance learning.
  • Strategy 1.3.3 – Provide convenient options for learning through flexible scheduling, digital education, and 24/7 access to online resources.

Outcome 1.4

Students are engaged in the learning process.

  • Strategy 1.4.1 – Actively involve students in decision-making about their learning experiences, including courses of study and enrichment opportunities.
  • Strategy 1.4.2 – Actively involve students in long- and short-term goal setting and monitoring of their own performance.
  • Strategy 1.4.3 – Provide personalized education experiences.
  • Strategy 1.4.4 – Provide authentic learning experiences to solve real-world problems.
  • Strategy 1.4.5 – Provide effective interventions that are tied to the curriculum and have clearly defined exit criteria once standards have been met.
  • Strategy 1.4.6 – Configure physical spaces to facilitate learning.

Outcome 1.5

Students meet or exceed rigorous performance standards

  • Strategy 1.5.1 – Continuously monitor individual student achievement and personalize instruction to provide the appropriate level of challenge.
  • Strategy 1.5.2 – Continuously monitor student achievement across grade levels, content areas, and schools for every racial/ethnic group, as well as for students receiving free/reduced-price meals, special education, and English language learner services.
  • Strategy 1.5.3 – Provide targeted supports and acceleration programs to close specific achievement gaps within and among content areas and schools.

Outcome 1.6

Meaningful measures of student outcomes are in place.

  • Strategy 1.6.1 – Implement objective and transparent reporting practices that reflect academic learning and provide useful feedback on academic progress.
  • Strategy 1.6.2 – Implement assessments (formative and summative) that account for growth, and provide timely, meaningful information to help teachers adjust instruction.
  • Strategy 1.6.3 – Implement academic measures that can be benchmarked nationally and internationally.
  • Strategy 1.6.4 – Create clearly articulated, vertical pathways beginning in Kindergarten using academic success expectations from both college and career outcome data to provide parents and students with information on progress toward college/career readiness.
  • Strategy 1.6.5 – Measure student hope, well-being, engagement, and perceptions of school climate.
  • Strategy 1.6.6 – Measure progress over time on student assessments.

Outcome 1.7

Schools support the social and emotional safety and well-being of all students.

  • Strategy 1.7.1 – Actively involve students in building positive school environments.
  • Strategy 1.7.2 – Model and reinforce civility and appropriate positive behavior.
  • Strategy 1.7.3 – Provide developmentally appropriate instruction on social and emotional safety and well-being, respect for peers, empathy, and personal strengths.
  • Strategy 1.7.4 – Collaborate with the community and county government to provide easily accessible, appropriate mental health sevices and supports for students in Pre-K through Grade 12.
  • Strategy 1.7.5 – Ensure students have access to culturally proficient professional staff members who support them and help them solve problems.
  • Strategy 1.7.6 – Strengthen professional learning in safeguarding students’ social and emotional safety and well-being.
  • Strategy 1.7.7 – Strengthen staff collaboration to support students’ social and emotional safety and well-being.

Outcome 1.8

Schools support student well-being and the development of balanced lifestyles.

  • Strategy 1.8.1 – Provide opportunities for students to discover and build upon their strengths and interests.
  • Strategy 1.8.2 – Provide opportunities for students to explore a wide variety of experiences and build competencies in academics, athletics, and the arts.
  • Strategy 1.8.3 – Provide opportunities for students to learn how to balance their choices in activity modalities, including independent activity, face-to-face interaction, athletics, creative endeavors, and screen time.
  • Strategy 1.8.4 – Promote physical activity as a part of every child’s daily routine.
  • Strategy 1.8.5 – Expand healthy options for all food and beverages provided to students.
  • Strategy 1.8.6 – Develop a whole day model for well-being and wellness in collaboration with before- and after-school care providers and other community service providers.