Cincinnati Schools Creates Programs To Improve Teaching And Learning

Cincinnati Schools Creates Programs To Improve Teaching And Learning

Teacher Advancement Program

Three Cincinnati Schools have volunteered to​ take part in​ a​ new program next school year that is​ aimed to​ improve the​ school’s instructional strategies and​ increase professional development. the​ aim of​ the​ program is​ to​ illustrate the​ connection between effective teaching and​ the​ student’s academic performance. the​ Cincinnati Schools involved in​ the​ pilot program are John P. Parker School in​ Madisonville, South Avondale School in​ Avondale and​ Whittier School in​ Price Hill. These schools cover kindergarten to​ eighth grade. These schools were chosen over other Cincinnati Schools due to​ each school’s rankings within the​ federal No Child Left Behind Act and​ their potential for​ growth. the​ Teacher Advancement Program is​ a​ research based school reform program that is​ designed to​ retain the​ best teachers in​ the​ profession in​ the​ schools. the​ Teacher Advancement Program was created in​ 1999 by the​ Milken Family Foundation. a​ major goal of​ the​ Teacher Advancement Program is​ to​ reverse the​ tendency of​ gifted young teachers leaving schools for​ other work by turning teaching into a​ worthwhile career choice. Teacher Advancement Program is​ endorsed by the​ Ohio Department of​ Education as​ a​ new restructuring program and​ by Cincinnati Schools’ teachers’ union, the​ Cincinnati Federation of​ Teachers. Teacher Advancement Program focuses on four areas of​ teacher development and​ student achievement:
• Ongoing, applied professional growth — Teachers are given time each week during the​ school day to​ work with teachers in​ the​ same grades or​ subjects to​ match instructional practices to​ student needs.
• Multiple career paths — Each school offers mentors and​ master lead teachers to​ meet regularly with teachers to​ plan and​ reflect on instruction.
• Instructionally focused accountability — Teachers will focus on student data to
improve instruction and​ on feedback from observations by the​ mentors, master teachers and​ principals.
• Incentive pay — Following negotiations with the​ CFT and​ CPS, incentive pay for​ teachers could be added for​ student achievement, professional growth and/or instructional growth.

Cincinnati Schools Set Five Year Plan

Cincinnati Schools have initiated a​ five year progress plan beginning this coming school year. the​ plan known as​ Building Futures: Every Student… Every School… Every Day has been recently approved by the​ Cincinnati Schools Education Broad. the​ plan aims to​ be students centered and​ sets high performance objectives. the​ plan wants to​ foster stronger links to​ families and​ community members with Cincinnati Schools and​ increase professional development among the​ teachers, staff and​ administrators. the​ plan also sets clear accountability measures. the​ plan was developed based on input from individuals and​ groups representing parents, community members, school staff, students, elected officials, business leaders, civil-rights organizations, faith-based associations, and​ others. This plan is​ divided into ten strategic areas. the​ plan sets improvement goals for​ all ten of​ these areas:
1. All pre K-12 students meet or​ exceed high academic standards.
2. All students graduate and​ are prepared for​ postsecondary education, successful careers and​ productive citizenship.
3. Schools have autonomy and​ effective governance, and​ are held accountable for​ results.
4. Schools are safe, supportive and​ family friendly.
5. the​ district supports schools and​ is​ accountable for​ results.
6. the​ district employs a​ highly qualified, diverse workforce that engages in​ continuous improvement through ongoing, high-quality professional development.
7. the​ district implements a​ systemic leadership development program.
8. State-of-the-art school facilities are designed to​ support student learning in​ a​ standards-based environment and​ are constructed meeting diversity-participation goals.
9. the​ district and​ schools are fiscally responsible and​ allocate resources equitably to​ support student learning.
10. Community partnerships strengthen the​ connection between schools and​ neighborhoods while supporting student learning and​ family engagement.

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