Working to benefit all students attending the Portland Public Schools
The Portland Public School's Teaching and Learning Priorities
A COHESIVE CONTINUUM OF PRACTICE THROUGHOUT EACH BUILDING & FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL
A PK-12 Curriculum that Aligns with Connecticut Core Standards (CCS) and Other Content Frameworks Coordinated within each Department and Between the Five Schools
Continuous and ongoing curriculum development and implementation of our PK-12 curriculum across all grades and for all students.
Well Defined Systemic and Systematic SPED Services and SRBI Practices
Implement with fidelity in all five buildings, the Portland Public School District Scientific Research Based Instruction (SRBI) & Student Accountability Manual.
All students identified with disabilities will receive high quality curriculum-based instruction and interventions differentiated to meet their needs that will allow them to make effective progress in the least restrictive setting.
A Comprehensive District–wide Communication Plan
The Superintendent of Schools will publish Superintendent Updates quarterly for the community, monthly for parents and as needed for the Board of Education.
Clearly Articulated Instructional Practices that Reflect a Learner-Centered Model (21st Century) of Teaching and Learning
Create, pilot, revise, and implement engaging standards based curriculum units in writing, reading and math, while building a theoretical foundation and technical skill using Writing Workshop,Reading Workshop and Math Workshop in our elementary grades.
Implement our one-to-one technology plan for students in grades 5-12 as a means for improving instruction and engaging students as responsible digital citizens.
Summative and Formative Assessment Practices that are Created to Gauge Students’ Competencies with Learning Standards and that Assess Students’ Ability to Apply New Learning 1. Continue to build educators’ capacity around the application of all assessments in instructional planning for informed teaching and improved student outcomes.
Grading and Reporting Practices that are Aligned with the District’s Curriculum 1. Redefine principles of grading using a standards-based system for reporting student progress to parents, teachers, and students themselves.
COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE THAT INCREASE OUR CAPACITY TO TEACH AND LEARN
Professional Learning Teams at Every Level of the Organization that Build Expertise and Strategic Support to Perform Well
Teams will increase proficiency in their capacity to answer the following questions:
What do we want our students to learn? How will we know that learning has occurred? How will we respond when students don’t learn? How will we respond when learning has occurred?
A CLIMATE AND CULTURE THAT IS INTELLECTUALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY SAFE AND WELCOMING FOR ALL STUDENTS AND ADULTS
Engage Family-School-Community Partnerships that Increase Authentic Learning Experiences
Develop a master plan for strengthening whole-community collaboration in the life of our schools.
Portland's Strengths & Successes are Founded on Our Staff & Students