Improvement Activities

Schoolwide Initiatives

Staff Professional Development

Staff professional development will focus on the following areas for the 2014-2015 school year:

Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) Strategies
Although originally designed to assist second language learners with mastering academic concepts, these researched based strategies have been identified as beneficial for all students.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
The SBAC is the new Washington State standardized test that is replacing the MSP.  All students in grades 3-6 will be participating in this assessment starting this spring. 

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Core Skills
All teachers at Karshner are participating in the AVID program and will be supporting Core Skills concepts.  This includes training on how students are to be using organizational tools/planner, note-taking, Depth of Knowledge/more challenging levels of questioning, and collaboration. 

Reorganization of Response to Intervention (RTI) model
The RTI model requires that teachers meet on a regular basis to determine how students are performing in their overall academic programs. Teachers include classroom teachers, Special Education, Title I, LAP, and ELL. 

Weekly RTI Teams meet weekly
Student Resource Committee (SRC) for special education students meets weekly. Monthly Leadership Team Meetings.  

Reading
Teacher and Principal student growth goals in reading are focused on the following:

  • Utilizing supplemental curriculum to ensure CCSS and essential learning standards are addressed
  • After school interventions by classroom teachers
  • DIBELs weekly progress monitoring
  • STAR reading (monthly progress monitoring)
  • Accelerated Reader (AR) grade level goals

Mathematics
Teacher and Principal student growth goals in math are focused on the following:

  • Utilizing supplemental curriculum to ensure CCSS and essential learning standards are addressed
  • After school interventions by classroom teachers
  • After school math tutoring once a week
  • STAR math (monthly progress monitoring)
  • IXL implementation at all grade levels

Targeted Sub Group - LAP Students

  • Utilization of standards-based intervention curriculum - SRA Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Language for Learning, SIPPS, Rewards, etc.
  • Pull-out Intervention 
  • Push-in Intervention

Parent, Family, and Community Involvement
Each of our schools strives to engage with the community (PSD School Board Direction – Communication, Engagement and Involvement). Specific examples/plans of this parent and community engagement can be found by clicking here to see the school’s annual performance report.

Use of Technology
In each of our schools, technology is a primary tool to facilitate instruction and these tools have a positive impact on student learning. Technology also allows our school to communicate effectively with parents through a variety of innovative means. We also use various district software applications for student intervention as we continue to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) systems in our school.

We use the following software applications for this work:

  • Blackboard/Edline websites: Contains teacher instructional materials and guidelines; communication for parents, and student access to instructional materials.
  • STAR ­Reading and Math Assessments: Diagnostic assessments to provided benchmark indicators on student performance in reading and math.
  • PerformancePLUS: Repository for all state, district, and building assessment data; data available to analyze student performance by school teams.
  • Blackboard Connect: Communication tool to inform parents on important school information and student learning events.