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Campus Vision Alignment Project



Presented By Group 6:


Joe Dugan

Ketia Fellows

Betty Klein

John Maurice

Belinda Muniz















Vision: “Building tomorrow today, meeting the needs of all children one child at a time.”


The Mission of Smithfield Middle School, in partnership with parents and community, is to meet the social, emotional, physical, and educational needs of all students, enabling them to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.




























                                                              GOAL #1



Desired Results for Student Learning:  Communication Skills

Goal Statement: Second Language Learners will demonstrate effective use of communication skills across the curriculum

                                                                                                   ESTIMATED         PERSON(S) 

   ACTION STEPS                                         TIMELINE     RESOURCES      RESPONSIBLE

Unique learning needs of Second Language Learners will be addressed to promote the efficient growth of communication skills through:


v     Modification of curriculum strategies.

v     Establishment of tutorial programs for students and their families.

v     Development of mentoring programs with community, peers, and staff.

v     Involvement of Foreign Language department and ESL in programs of mutual support.    

v     Going beyond the teaching of Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills by focusing on development of Academic Language Proficiency.

v     Thoroughly analyzing standardized test scores to identify areas of need.

v     Celebrating/Valuing home culture by inviting members of diverse communities to partner with the school in various activities.



2 District Consultant Days @$500.00 per day (Staff Development Funds)


Comp Time for mentors trained during the summer


PTA to provide refreshments


Book Study of Research Based Text outlining major themes of Bilingual Education *$400 from professional development fund.

Foreign Language Chair, ESL Chair, ESL Teacher, C.A.R.E.  Team Chair, and other interested teachers who teach second language learners.


Community / Business Members  











                                                              GOAL #2



Desired Results Impacting Student Learning: Teacher Retention 

Goal Statement: Teacher retention rate will be increased through a variety of collaborative strategies.

                                                                                                   ESTIMATED         PERSON(S) 

   ACTION STEPS                                         TIMELINE     RESOURCES      RESPONSIBLE

Teacher retention will be enhanced through the following steps:


v     Teachers will participate in team building activities.

v     Teachers will be recognized for achievements in the field of education.

v     Teachers will be provided numerous opportunities to earn incentives through partnerships with community organizations and business.

v     The SBDM will initiate a study to explore ways of rewarding teacher achievement as measured through student performance.

v     New teachers will be paired with master teacher mentors to help with the assimilation process into the school culture.

v     Teacher will be encouraged to participate in SBDM and school personnel selection committees.











Incentives from Community and Business


Discretionary Funds from Fund Raising Activities










$500 per year per new teacher (District Funds)

Team Facilitators


Community Partners


SBDM Committee












Certified Mentors (1 per new teacher)



SBDM Members






                                                              GOAL #3



Desired Results For Student Learning: Writing Skills  

Goal Statements: Students will demonstrate effective use of writing skills across the curriculum.

                                                                                                   ESTIMATED         PERSON(S) 

   ACTION STEPS                                         TIMELINE     RESOURCES      RESPONSIBLE

Teachers will be provided with instructional support and strategies for improving students writing skills.


v     Consult the Just for Kids Comparable schools for the purpose of improving teaching strategies for writing.

v     Explore research based staff development on integrating writing skills into the curriculum.

v     Use cooperative learning activities to enhance implementation of writing strategies.

v     Analyze disaggregated test scores to target populations that would benefit from interventions (provide tutorial to students in need).

v     Research different writing programs such as New Jersey Writing Program, The Write Direction, and Writing happens, etc.




Writing Coordinator.

Community and Faculty Volunteers.









Developing a Vision



·       Sergiovanni – It is important to involve all stakeholders in the development of a school vision. Stakeholders must be allowed to bring ideas and commitments that will shape the school vision.



·       Fullan’s eight points –

*Understand the culture of your school

*Value your teachers: Promote professional growth

*Extend what you value

*Express what you value

*Promote collaboration

*Make menus, not mandates

*Use bureaucratic means to facilitate, not constrain

*Connect with a wider environment


·       Betances – Components of school vision

*compelling picture or image of what the school can  


*is feasible and attainable

*is connected to and articulates deeper values and

  hopes for future

*needs to be translated into actions and plans that will

  be implemented

*must be regularly communicated







·       Sashkin, Deal, and Patterson-Keys to communicate and articulate vision -

*express vision in attention-grabbing way

*communicate vision and behavior, words, and deeds

*align all decision making with vision

*provide activities that require risk-then reward 


*“walk the talk”

*establish traditions to celebrate the vision

*communicate the vision through mottoes, mission

  statements, and symbols





Collectively create a school vision that is clear, compelling, and that focuses on stakeholder needs.