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Strategic Plan

Winslow Unified School District Strategic Plan


Winslow is committed to becoming an exemplary district by effectively utilizing all available District resources to ensure all students learn and grow every day.


  1. Continuous Improvement of Student Achievement: Establish a supportive, positive, and effective District climate and culture focused on the improvement of student achievement.
    1. Implement and maintain course of study that is standards based and provides for alignment with current state assessments.
      1. Develop lesson plans/course syllabi or instructional programs that provide for vertical articulation in all subject areas being taught in the District.
      2. Adoption of curricula, textbooks and online resources, which meet or exceed the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
      3. Continue to refine the process of student achievement data analysis and the establishment of individual student target performance levels in all areas assessed by current state assessments. (reading, writing, science and math)
      4. Continuation of quarterly benchmarking at all grades
    2. Develop remedial instructional programs the meet the needs of students not performing at grade level in one or more subject areas and who may be experiencing learning difficulties.\
      1. Review student achievement data to determine which students are no performing at grade level.
      2. Determine the success of intervention strategies based on student achievement and modify if necessary, programs such as Intersession and tutoring.
      3. Provide for early identification of students in need of special education services.
      4. Develop opportunities for alternative education and create a criterion for identifying at-risk youth.
      5. Decrease the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate.
      6. Improve staff and student attendance to a 94% attendance rate at all grade levels.
    3. Offer college prep and non-college prep education as well as other non-traditional forms of learning.
      1. NAVIT
      2. TALON
    4. Support guidance and counseling program that assist students in making academic choices, personal decisions and problem solving as related to values and life objectives.\
      1. Guide students in developing and individual academic plan to stay on track for graduation.
      2. Provide career and college information to assist in post-secondary and/or vocational training decisions and information regarding scholarship opportunities.
      3. Serve as a resource coordinator with adjunct social agencies and other organizations.
      4. K-4 emphasis on Be Kind initiative.
      5. 5-6 “Three Golden Rules”
        1. Be Safe
        2. Be Responsible
        3. Be Respectful
  2. District Personnel: Establish a supportive, positive, and effective District climate and culture that is committed to recruit, train and retain high quality employees.
    1. Enhance performance evaluations and provide for opportunities to express appreciation of staff performance.
      1. Revision of the comprehensive Teacher Evaluation System to better align with the requirement in statute of 33% of the evaluation being tied to student academic performance.
      2. Revision of the Principal Evaluation System to better align with the requirement in statute of 33% of the evaluation being tied to student academic performance.
      3. Recruit and retain staff through retention practices that provide for recognition and performance compensation for outstanding performance.
      4. Continuation of the teacher salary increases so as to become more competitive in teacher recruitment and retention.
      5. Continuation of the salary bonus to attract teachers for the “hard to fill” positions.
      6. Create and implement a program of Certified and Classified Employee of the Month at schools
    2. Develop a comprehensive professional development program that supports the Strategic Plan and is designed to increase student achievement.\
      1. Enhance and continue with the staff orientation program.
      2. Review of student achievement data to determine the effectiveness of staff development and its impact on student learning.
      3. Training of teachers in classroom management best practices.
      4. Use of classroom observations to create individual teacher goals with Principal.
  3. Family/Parent/Community: Establish a supportive, positive, and effective District climate and culture committed to family/parent and community involvement in our schools.
    1. Solicit input from the community regarding significant activities and decisions. (using online surveys)
    2. Inform the public about governing board policies, administrative operations, objectives and educational programs of the schools.
    3. Continue with mass parent notification system. (include staff as well)
    4. Expansion of teacher websites and encourage more traffic to teacher/school website to gain information about teacher/school activities.
    5. Continuation of the annual parent satisfaction survey.
    6. Define and implement each school principal personally contacting parents upon withdrawal of their child/children (unless moving from the District) to determine what the school could have done differently to retain the student/s in school.
    7. Implement annual mailing of Tax Credit brochure to all households in the district.
    8. Daily social media posts to update and entice community backing.
  4. District Operations: Establish a supportive, positive, and effective District climate and culture that is committed to high quality District facilities and grounds, as well as transportation, and ensures fiscal and organizational accountability.
    1. Align facilities and support services to provide an environment conducive to learning.
      1. Development of a comprehensive master facility plan.
      2. Timely repairs of district facilities and equipment.
      3. Develop and implement campus beautification projects.
    2. Provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
      1. Decrease the number of violations of the student discipline code.
      2. Review of procedures regarding safety, supervision, visitors to school and crisis prevention.
      3. Ensure all schools remain free of drugs and weapons.
      4. Ensure cameras are installed and working at all schools.
    3. Maintain sufficient and adequate technology systems for staff members to utilize for classroom instruction, student assessment and general support functions.
      1. Provide redundancy of WAN services to the District.
      2. Continue to use E-Rate funds to develop and enhance the District’s access to online/web-based services.
      3. Provide for professional presentation of the district, schools and teacher websites and explore outsourcing of district and school web-design, maintenance and updates.
      4. Continued purchase and upgrade of technology in the classroom, i.e. Smart TV’s, doc cameras, etc.
      5. Implement technology based platforms, such as google Drive/Docs, for Professional Development and Human Resources.
  5. Finance:  Demonstrate sound budgetary and fiscal management practices that assure the community of long-term financial stability.
    1. Revenues exceed expenditures
    2. Adherence of the USFR procedures and standard practices as reported by the annual audit.
    3. Streamline attendance policies using available technology.
      1. Provide training for all new procedures.
      2. Accountability measures to be implemented and followed.
  6. District Leadership: Establish a supportive, positive, and effective District climate and culture through demonstrated excellence in leadership that inspires trust and confidence in all stakeholders.
    1. Improve District transparency and communication between District leadership and staff.      
      1. Continuation of the Superintendent Employee Advisory Council.
      2. Create staff celebrations during the school year.
      3. Conduct an annual staff survey regarding support from District level support services.
      4. Conduct a comprehensive Board Policy Manual review and update through the services of ASBA.