Strategic Plan Progress
In 2017, the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education adopted a new strategic plan to guide the district's work for the coming years. We are happy to use this page to update the community on the administration's progress toward achieving the goals and objectives laid out by the Board and community. Each objective will be updated at least three times annually in September, January, and June.
Objective 1.1 - Determine and address each student's unique learning needs, interests and strengths.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - District 109 engages in a variety of methods to determine and address each student’s unique learning needs, interests, and strengths. We have partnerships with a variety of digital resources (such as Freckle, Ten Marks, etc.) that allow our students to engage in personalized and/or individualized learning activities.
In addition, we conduct an annual student engagement survey to gather data on how our students are perceiving their school and their learning environment. This year District 109 has also joined the Personalized Learning Cohort through the American Association of School Administrators in order to begin a collaboration with other leaders and districts throughout the nation on personalized learning.
Objective 1.2 - Optimize academic growth of each student
Update as of September 1, 2018 - District 109 conducts the NWEA MAP assessments in math and English-language arts (ELA) three times a year, and science once a year. Data gleaned from this assessment provides up-to-date information on each student’s math, reading, and science achievement in order for District 109 teachers and staff to optimize the academic growth of each student. We also partner with ECRA Group, which provides staff with growth information that helps us determine the extent to which our students are growing as compared to a projection that is calculated based on individual student’s previous data.
This year we have also implemented advanced learning opportunities for all 3rd-grade students with an eye toward moving this up for the fourth and fifth grade in the coming year. In addition, we have provided more access to advanced math classes for students in grades 6-8.
Objective 1.3 - Work Together with families and staff to address the social-emotional learning needs of each student.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - During the 2017-2018 school year the District 109 Social Emotional Learning Committee (comprised of parents, teachers, administrators
anda board member) met monthly to evaluate the current social-emotional learning initiatives in place in the District and also to identify potential new resources for implementation beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Based on focus group data and feedback from student surveys, the committee also outlined key topics for parent/community workshops for the 18-19 school year. The District will partner with PPS (Parents and Professionals for Success) and other community organizations in order to provide these workshops and parent presentations. The first parent workshop was on September 24th at Walden (in partnership with PPS) and focused on executive functioning.
Objective 1.4 - Ensure a consistent and balanced assessment system to support the Portrait of a Graduate.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - We continue to participate in the state PARCC assessment and also use tools such as NWEA Map and local assessments to paint a full picture of students performance. Last year we added in the PSAT as a new assessment for our 8th-grade students. This allows our students entering high school to have an idea of where they are at in progress toward college and career readiness as measured by the SAT.
Objective 1.5 - Ensure a consistent grading and reporting system that provides clear and meaningful feedback on student progress.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - The district continues to lead the way in the implementation of standards-based learning and reporting. All grade levels K-8 have updated their progress reports to be more in line with the Common Core State Standards. In addition, we are now implementing students self-assessment tools such as Seesaw which allows students to post and share their work.
Objective 1.6 - Increase parent-teacher communication about each student's educational progress.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - District 109 prides itself on the level of transparency with our parent community over our students' growth and achievement. We share MAP and PARCC assessment results after each administration. We also have a partnership with Seesaw, an online digital tool that allows teachers and students to share schoolwork, providing parents with a window into the child’s day. Parents can leave comments, words of encouragement, and feedback to their child, which helps us promote a growth mindset and model digital citizenship. As of this year, we are also implementing Seesaw at the 6-8 level in addition to our elementary schools. Additionally, we continue to report progress quarterly at the middle schools and tri-annually at the elementary schools. Parent-teacher/student-led conferences are held in November and April.
Objective 2.1 - Establish and communicate clear learning standards in every classroom as the expectation for each student and the limit for no student.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - District 109 continues to improve upon the expectation that we establish and communicate clear learning standards in every classroom as the expectation for each student and the limit for no student. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, Curriculum Specialists in the areas of ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Innovation will oversee a review of the existing curriculum scope and sequence for learning areas. In addition, we have transitioned our accelerated programming in the elementary to be accessed by more students under the new Advanced Learning Initiatives.
Objective 2.2 - Provide full support for successful implementation of new initiatives that improve learning.
Updates as of September 1, 2018 - In 2017-18, educational consultants worked with District 109 staff to support our standards-based learning environments and reporting procedures. The district also invested into onsite building-based training in nearly all of our digital tools and resources. The district surveyed staff after every training during the 17-18 school year and feedback from staff on the increase in building based professional development was extremely positive. Onsite training for the 18-19 school year will include training from Google, Apple,
, Freckle, Fastbridge, Co-teaching, blended learning, Northwestern Center for Talent Development, Leader in Me, as well as other programs. Ecra
Objective 2.3 - Integrate current and emerging technologies to enhance pedagogy and student learning.
Updates as of September 1, 2018 - In March, the Board of Education approved the purchase of new one-to-one devices for all students in grades 2-8. The new device is the Lenovo 500e and as of now, it has been rolled out to students and staff. The Lenovo 500e allows students the benefit of a convertible Chromebook that functions as a traditional laptop and also a tablet. The touchscreen and stylus technology allows students the freedom to access the device how they feel most comfortable. In addition, this summer all classrooms were upgraded to Apple TV projection devices and newly updated iMacs were placed in all district Smartlabs.
Objective 2.4 - Evaluate at least two District programs annually, developing and implementing a plan to address any areas needing improvement.
Updates as of September 1, 2018 - During the 2017-18 school year, District 109 successfully evaluated our gifted and accelerated learning programming as well as our world language programming. These program evaluations resulted in greater access to advanced learning opportunities for more students as dictated by our students' performance. In addition, the program evaluation in world language resulted in the addition of Hebrew and Mandarin to our list of language offerings at our middle school.
Objective 2.5 - Increase experiential learning opportunities for each student.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - Student engagement survey results indicate to school administrators and staff that student choice and relevance in our instruction is a priority. With this said, we plan to review current opportunities relating to experiential learning, such as:
- Project Based Learning
- Blended Learning
- School/community partnerships
- Service learning
Objective 2.6 - Provide relevant professional learning, which targets the needs of each staff member.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - In 2018-19, to build upon the quality work mentioned in objective 2.2, District 109 has put together an elaborate professional development plan to continue supporting new initiatives and other district objectives. The professional development opportunities begin in July and continue through the course of the school year. This summer alone, District 109 staff participated in over 1,200 hours of curriculum work and professional development.
Objective 3.1 - Provide a positive and safe environment.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - Goal 3 indicates the district shall provide a positive and safe environment. In 2017, the district completed a comprehensive site security audit, revised crisis response procedures to reflect National Incident Management System best practices, and revised visitor management procedures for large events. The district provides ongoing training and support to building occupants to ensure readiness to implement crisis procedures. The District Safety Committee - comprised of administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, students, and a Board of Education member - meets three times annually to review site safety and security.
The district continues to invest in flexible, student-friendly furniture. By the fall of 2018, all classrooms serving students in grades K, 1, 6, 7, and 8 will have been redesigned and provided new furniture. In addition to the furniture, renovations on the middle school learning commons were completed this summer to create a more inviting and comfortable space for students to work and learn.
Objective 3.2 - Attract, develop, and retain high quality staff.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - The current focus
isrecruiting viable candidates through our branding and marketing strategies. We have dramatically increased our footprint in social media through Instagram (@DPS109HR), Facebook (@DPS109), and Twitter (@DPS109).
Moreover, another focus is the introduction of digital interviews. We have successfully introduced the digital interview platform to expedite the hiring process and allow for more input from stakeholders while at the same time introducing more performance-based interview components at the building level because time has been reallocated to candidates to engage and demonstrate their skill set.
The district continues its partnership with
Ventures that provides us with tools for screening prospective employees to ensure we attract the high-quality talent we seek. HumaneX
Objective 3.3 - Evaluate the return on investment of expenditures on educational programs and facility improvements.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - Academic Return on Investment (ROI) calculation has been completed for the TAP/gifted learning and Modern Language programs. Other programs will follow soon.
District 109 will continue to evaluate the return on investment of expenditures on education programs and facility improvements.
Objective 3.4 - Ensure the long-term facilities plan supports learning.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - In July of 2018, the Board of Education approved a new 5-year master facility plan for the school district. The plan calls for the district to set aside $3,000,000 dollars for possible future classroom construction. In addition, the plan calls for the exploration of remodeled and new auditorium space at both Caruso and Shepard Middle Schools.
Objective 3.5 - Provide targeted, relevant and transparent communication to all stakeholders.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - District 109 is creating communication guidelines which will outline when and where information will be communicated. The communication guidelines will be shared out on the website once they are complete.
Objective 3.6 - Build partnerships with the community to support and enhance student learning.
Update as of September 1, 2018 - The district belongs to various local and community organizations such as the Deerfield Rotary Club, the Optimist Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. The district regularly attends meetings with local organizations and always looks for partnerships. The park district has made a financial commitment to help share in the cost of remodeled auditorium space at our middle schools. The district is pursuing possible corporate partnerships to support student learning.