Assistant Superintendent Update

October, 2018

Positive Beginnings!

"Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we re-create ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we reperceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life. There is within each of us a deep hunger for this type of learning.” ― Peter M. Senge in The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

We are off to a great start in North Providence for our school year 2018-2019! We continue to build relationships with all members of our school community—especially our students. From our personalized August Orientation and District Professional Development Day to current curriculum work, we are well on our way to making excellent gains. On our Orientation Day, Interim Superintendent O'Brien and I reviewed our major focus areas for the district including Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Blended Learning and Response to Intervention. Through these efforts we are continuing to support personalization of students’ learning. We are also deeply committed to educating the whole child including our efforts in social emotional learning strategies.

Our first Professional Development Day in August was a huge success. Based on surveys from that day, teachers reported being engaged and motivated to continue learning and applying social emotional learning strategies such as Conscious Discipline, instructional programs such as Fundations, technology resources such as IXL and Achieve 3000 to improve their teaching and our students’ learning. Teachers at all levels were able to collaborate all in effort to improve instruction and begin the year in a most positive and productive way. We continue to work with teachers at all levels to learn new technology tools in their classrooms. I have observed these successes first hand and we are very excited about these experiences for our students. Students are very engaged and so motivated to learn through these technology resources.

"When you know your why and you know the way, you won't let obstacles get in the way." Jon Gordon

Continuing to Build Strong and Positive Relationships = Community

We are visiting schools, classrooms, and students every week and building important relationships with all. It is wonderful to be a part of our students’ learning! Some of the events we have been part of: School openings, Open Houses, Field Days, and Community Events such as the Fall Festival.

#npsdpride #npsdlearns #npsdfeedthepositive

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Curriculum, Instruction, Assessments and More...

  • ·AIMSWeb Plus Universal Screening P.D. for both Reading Specialists and Teachers at the Elementary Level to support conducting assessments, analysis of data and progress monitoring for students
  • Completed District Universal Screening Assessments at the Elementary (AIMS Web Plus) and Secondary Levels (STAR)
  • Examining data at all levels using templates for school wide conversations.
  • Received and sharing results of screenings with administrative team, staff, and families.
  • Working on consistent systematic review and analysis of district and school wide data to improve both instruction and achievement.
  • Fundations program (Phonics/Pre-Reading Skills) in Grades K - 2
  • Piloting the Summit Learning program in Grade 5 at both Whelan and Stephen Olney Elementary School to support personalization of students' learning
  • IXL Program for all students in Grades K - 8 to support Math and Reading Interventions and Enrichment
  • Achieve 3000 Program for all students in Grade 7 to support Reading Comprehension through Social Studies and Science content
  • Continuing curriculum professional development at both Elementary and Secondary levels: Math, ELA, and integration of Blended Learning resources in all curriculum.
  • Ongoing Science Professional Development in coordination with East Bay RI Collaborative at the Elementary level and ongoing support of RI Science Assessment, Spring, 2019.

More Supports at All Levels...

  • Technology: 1:1 Devices for all students Grade 3-5; continuing to add more devices for primary students at the Elementary Level; ongoing 1:1 at Middle School Level; adding more Chromebooks at NPHS.
  • Continuing new 504 forms and procedures Grades K-12 introduced last year.
  • Continuing our District RtI/MTSS Committee to review our current District Guide and how procedures, intervention forms and intervention resources are moving forward.
  • Continued Universal P.B.I.S. programs at Elementary and Middle level with further expansion at Elementary schools with no formal behavioral support programs.
  • Continued M.T.S.S grant work (American Institutes for Research) with McGuire Elementary and Birchwood Middle School.
  • Our PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program at North Providence High School continues to be a huge success and is recognized statewide for its achievements! We are so proud of our 82 students work in the health field led by our Director, Mrs. Melissa Caffrey and team.
  • Our Marine Trades program at both the North Providence High School and Birchwood Middle School continues to be an outstanding and real world pathway for our students. Our Marine Trades Program at NPHS has received preliminary accreditation as a CTE program.
  • The Mechatronics Program at Ricci Middle School and S.T.E.A.M. Program at Birchwood Middle School continue to be successful and growing!

Some Other Highlights:

· Conducting and reviewing current Elementary and Secondary curriculum documents and resources on district teams programs in an effort to improve coherence and consistency of curriculum K –12.

· Monthly meetings with K-12 Reading Specialists to work on curriculum, data analysis, and support collaboration. Continued work on a District Reading Website to share resources, materials, and strategies for teachers and families.

· Monthly meetings with Administrative Team, Elementary, and Middle School Administrative teams. Our goal is to improve communication, collaboration and support best leadership and instructional practices at all levels.

. Met with District Family Engagement Committee to support efforts for increased parent/family involvement at all levels. We are planning several activities for this year.

.Continuing to mentor an Elementary student in the district this year.

It has been such a pleasure and honor to share and celebrate all of the exemplary teaching and learning we have experienced in the past couple of months. We have the best students in the world!!

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