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 2019, the overall student pass advanced rate for Grade 7 English: Reading will be 47%.  By Spring 2019, the overall student pass advanced rate for Grade 8 English: Reading will be 42%.

Tier 1 Strategies

  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
  3. Teachers will develop and share with students learning targets each lesson that allow students to articulate their own intended learning outcomes
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. All students will take the Scholastic Reading Inventory at the start of the school year in their 7th or 8th grade English class. Teachers will then have the students reading Lexile level and therefore be able to provide students with appropriate leveled texts
  7. Students will read and analyze at least 4 full length texts through their English classes. These will be a mix of books that students are assigned and those that students choose themselves

Extensions

  1. English teachers will use common formative assessments and Window 1 and Window 2 eCart to identify specific students and their needs. Using the data, collaborative teams will develop follow-up lessons to help extend and enrich.
  2. Students will silently read choice texts during Lancer Time
  3. Implement an after-school book club for avid readers
  4. Teacher-led partnership with Haycock Elementary School.  Middle school students will serve as reading tutors for the elementary students

End of Year SMARTR Outcome – Closing the Gap in Literacy

By Spring 2019, the unadjusted pass rate for Economically Disadvantaged students in English will be 75%.

Tier 1 Strategies

  1. Use the school-based literacy team to provide professional development around disciplinary 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 to promote student-directed learning based on provided texts
  4. English teachers will work in collaborative teams to unpack the curriculum, share strategies, and use common formative assessments to check for understanding and guide instruction
  5. All students will take the Scholastic Reading Inventory at the start of the school year in their 7th or 8th grade English class. Teachers will then have the students reading Lexile level and therefore be able to provide students with appropriate leveled texts

Tier 2 Strategies

  1. Identify specific student literacy challenges during weekly interdisciplinary team meetings to determine appropriate interventions
  2. English teachers will help the identified students with targeted skills after school and during Lancer Time

Tier 3 Strategies

  1. Students who are identified as scoring below 420 on previous Reading SOL Exams and/or showing Needs Improvement on the Window 1 and Window 2 district assessments along with other data will be recommended to take 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 or English teacher
  3. Students who are identified as needing extra support will be assigned an adult mentor in the building through our Lancer Scholars program

End of Year SMARTR Outcome – Closing the Gap in Numeracy

By Spring 2019, the unadjusted pass rate for Hispanic students in Mathematics will be 83%.

Tier 1 Strategies

  1. Math teachers work in collaborative teams to unpack the curriculum, share strategies, and use common assessments to check for understanding and guide instruction
  2. Special Education co-taught Algebra 1 class will be offered this year
  3. ESOL co-taught Math 7 and Math 8 classes will be offered this year

Tier 2 Strategies

  1. Students will access Math Ambassador program to receive support based on individual learning needs as identified in common assessments
  2. Math teachers will help identified students with targeted skills after school and during Lancer Time

Tier 3 Strategies

  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, Fast Math)
  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

End of Year SMARTR Outcome – Resilient & Goal Oriented Individuals

By Spring 2019, all students will increase 2 points out of 10 from their scores in September 2018 on a survey focused on setting academic goals, identifying ways to achieve those goals, and identifying ways to overcome challenges to achieving those goals.

Tier 1 Strategies

  1. Students will take part in a teacher-led reflection prior to an assessment and a reflection following an assessment (one per quarter in science classes)
  2. Explicit teaching of study strategies through Lancer Time, Student Services programs, and core instruction
  3. Goal Setting in Physical Education classes through Naviance Student (beginning, middle and end of the year)
  4. ACT (8th grade depression screening)

Tier 2 Strategies

  1. Teacher-student conference using questionnaire and reflection paperwork as conversation starter
  2. Possible change in Lancer Time location
  3. Study skills session during Lancer Time
  4. After school interventions: Writing Center/Math Ambassadors
  5. Identify students for Lancer Time small groups (study skills, attendance, anxiety, grief, girls empowerment, organization/executive functioning)

Tier 3 Strategies

  1. Parent involvement – parent/teacher/student conference
  2. Potential change in placement for specific class (math level, world languages, etc.)
  3. Placement in Strategies for Success
  4. Child Study/Local Screening Committee
  5. Lancer Scholar mentors focus on goal setting