School Improvement & Innovation Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

Longfellow Middle School | Fairfax County Public Schools | Region 2

End of Year SMARTR Outcome – Raising the Bar in Literacy

By Spring 2018, the overall student pass advanced rate for Grade 7 English: Reading will be 46%. By Spring 2018, the overall student pass advanced rate for Grade 8 English: Reading will be 42%.

Strategy 1

Use of the school’s literacy team to implement Best Practices in literacy instruction

Actions

  1. The school’s literacy team will familiarize teachers with the research-based student-centered practices (ex. Workshop model) of instruction across all content areas.
  2. The school’s literacy team will facilitate professional development around best practices in literacy at faculty and/or CT meetings.

Strategy 2

Use of FCPS Learning Model and Teacher Learning Cohorts to promote student’s skill development across all content areas

Actions

  1. Teachers will develop and share learning targets each lesson that allow students to articulate their own intended learning outcomes
  2. To improve the use of learning targets and checks for understanding, administrators will observe classrooms and provide timely, specific feedback to teachers, including exemplar learning targets and formative assessments.
  3. Teachers will work in Learning Cohorts to research and develop methods of improving student engagement across all content areas. At the end of the school year, the work of each Learning Cohort will be shared with the entire faculty.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome – Closing the Gap in Literacy

By Spring 2018, the Federal Annual Measurable Objective (FAMO) percentage for English Performance in Gap Group 1 (SWD, ELL, & ED) will be 85%.

Strategy 1

Students will be identified by name and need in order to provide them with an opportunity for additional academic support

Actions

  1. Students who are identified as scoring below 420 on previous Reading SOL Exams will be provided with the opportunity for a reading intervention program (i.e. Reading 7/8, Read 180, Action Literacy)
  2. Students who are identified as needing extra support will be offered a Lancer Time section with our Reading Specialist
  3. Students who are identified as needing extra support will be assigned an adult mentor in the building through our Lancer Scholars program

Strategy 2

Teachers will focus on building a culture of literacy in all classes

Actions

  1. Use the school-based literacy team to provide professional development around content literacy
  2. Use activities and lessons in all classes that require students to read with a purpose and marshal evidence from cited text to support their conclusions
  3. Use the student engagement model in order to promote student-directed learning based on provided texts

End of Year SMARTR Outcome – Closing the Gap in Numeracy

In Spring 2018, the preliminary FAMO percentage for Mathematics Performance in Gap Group 3 (Hispanic) will be 86%.

Strategy 1

Students will be identified by name and need in order to provide them with additional academic support

Actions

  1. Students who are identified as scoring below 420 on previous Mathematics SOL Exams will be provided with the opportunity for a mathematics intervention program (i.e. Power Math, Algebra Readiness)
  2. Students who are identified as needing extra support will be offered a Lancer Time section with their math teacher
  3. Students who are identified as needing extra support will be assigned an adult mentor in the building through our Lancer Scholars program

Strategy 2

Implement practices to partner with families to foster mathematics skills across learning environments (home, school, community)

Actions

  1. Hold family mathematics event(s), workshop(s), or class at Timber Lane Elementary that focus on specific skills identified based upon student data
  2. Explore options for implementing a math peer tutor program for struggling students at LMS.
  3. Implement a math-oriented problem solving day once a month at Lancer Time.