Dr. Duran Greets Student

Increase Opportunities for ALL Students

Bellevue School District is in the fifth year of its most recent strategic plan. District students have achieved remarkable success over the past several years, receiving numerous state and national honors. While we are proud of our students’ achievements, there remain persistent gaps in achievement between racial groups. Achievement gaps are also seen among our students who receive or qualify for some services, such as free and reduced lunch, English Language Learning (ELL) and Special Education.This one year plan is designed to increase and align supports to our schools in order to further meet the needs of all students.

Strategies

The district’s strategic plan, adopted in 2013, identified three key Instructional Initiatives. This year the district will continue to implement the current strategic plan with a focus on four key strategies. These strategies will build on the foundation necessary to close the achievement gap and raise achievement rates and opportunities for all students. In the 2017-18 school year, every school will:

  1. Develop an effective Equity and Inclusion Team to provide strong organizational and leadership processes for school improvement.
  2. Effectively implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) focused on inclusive academic instruction.
  3. Effectively implement MTSS focused on inclusive behavior instruction.
  4. Implement five assessment indicators from the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Fidelity Integrity Assessment (FIA).
Download Board Presentation on MTSS and FIA

School Board Priorities

Racial Equity and Inclusion

The district is committed to racial equity work so that we understand why the achievement gap exists, and how to close it. This year, Beyond Diversity Training (BD1) will be accessible to all district employees. The district will also support schools by providing BD1 for the following groups:

  • All school based Equity and Inclusion Team members
  • Targeted middle school math teachers
  • High school algebra/geometry teachers

District inclusion work is based on research that shows when students with different support needs learn together, all students experience better academic and behavioral outcomes. This includes higher graduation rates and post-school success. The district will foster an inclusive environment by:

  • Expanding the use of co-teaching, where a combination of Special Education, ELL, or general education teachers provide instruction side-by-side in the classroom.
  • Expanding the use of co-planning, where teachers work together to plan for classroom instruction.
  • Expanding the blended preschool model to include students with identified special needs with their peers at an early age.

Instructional Initiatives

In the fall of 2013, as part of its new strategic plan, the district unveiled three Instructional Initiatives. These initiatives align with the district’s mission and guide district work.

  • Academic Success: 100 percent of students proficient in literacy, math, and science.
  • College & Career Readiness: 100 percent high school graduation rate.
  • Positive and Productive Life: Social emotional knowledge and skills; a sense of connection to the community; responsibility for the community.

Culture of Service

The school board has committed to a multi-year effort to foster a culture of service across the district focused on exceeding expectations in the areas of proactive leadership, competency, friendliness, timeliness, and clear communications. The district will develop and implement a Culture of Service Training and Recognition program that will be embedded into all departments and schools, guiding all district operational practices.

What is a One-Year Plan?

Each school year the superintendent creates a one-year plan that details specific work across the district. This includes plans for capital, school improvement, technology, curriculum adoption, affirmative action, transportation, communication, professional development, and other areas as deemed necessary. The district then adopts annual performance goals, which will be specific, measurable, achievable, verifiable, time specific (within the one-year). At the end of each school year the district assesses the prior year’s progress toward each of the priorities defined in the one-year. Read Policy 0150 for more information.