By Wally Leipart, MAPS Superintendent
We are excited to share with you the changes we are making to our Achievement Gap Reduction Program (AGR). AGR replaces SAGE and now includes an accountability component that requires data reporting and changes to instructional practices which result in an increase of student achievement.
We have developed a plan that allows us to meet the requirement of instructional coaches by increasing the average class sizes in kindergarten through third grade by three students. Reassigning existing staff to be instructional coaches allows us to responsibly implement the program within the existing budget.
Instructional coaches will be added to Washington, Jefferson and Kate Goodrich to assist in using data, providing best instructional practices, and supporting personalized learning and the growth of all students. Instructional coaches will work with grade levels and individual teachers to assist in the transition to a personalized learning environment. Coaches will meet weekly with administration to receive the support and professional development they need. They will also be able to partake in the DLC trainings. Instructional coaches will be considered based on administrator recommendation and individuals that indicate an interest in this position.
Some of the specific goals for the instructional coaches are:
•Focus on assisting teachers in using data to guide teaching and learning
•Utilize effective coaching strategies that promote the teacher as the facilitator in the art of learning
•Increase teacher capabilities in effective instructional strategies with ipads and 1 to 1 technology
•Assist in the transformation from a teacher centered environment to a learner centered environment
•Assist in providing training in the components of a personalized learning classroom
If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
Thank you for being a part of an amazing community that cares about our kids!