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Administrators Prepped on Improvement Plan for Opening Day of School

With less than three weeks to go before the start of school for students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District on September 7th, 2010, a group of 25 Administrators and Curriculum Learning Specialists (CLS) participated in a thorough training program on how to share their respective school’s Instructional Improvement Plan (IIP).  Each school and curriculum area creates their own unique IIP, which serves as a critically important process concerning activities and strategies used to improve student learning.

“Many people in the community believe principals and administrators have the summer off.  We work year-round and are consistently focused on how we can improve student achievement and the educational experience for children in Ken-Ton,” said Hamilton Elementary School Principal Michael Huff, who participated in the IIP implementation training that took place in the Community Room at Hoover Middle School.

While there are 13 unique and vibrant schools within the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District, each one establishes and implements their own Instructional Improvement Plan, which serves as a “roadmap” for staff to set specific, measurable goals for student achievement, establish a thorough evaluation of programs, the needs of students and staff, and whether or not academic resources are used appropriately and efficiently to improve student performance.

The purpose of the training, headed by the District’s Office of Accountability, is to ensure Principal’s and CLS’s are “on the same page” in sharing their school’s respective IIP with their own staff, and to guide all educators on how to put the plan in action during the 2010-2011 school year.

“The instructional improvement process is a initiative in the district that affects our entire educational community.  We wanted to make sure we provided the opportunity for every staff member to hear a consistent message about what the IIP document is, what the process is that supports instructional planning, and what their roles and responsibilities are.  We want all staff to understand there is a connection with the IIIP and what we are doing on a day-to-day basis in our classrooms. said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School Director of Office of Accountability Barbara Battaglia.

All staff will report to their respective schools on Wednesday September 1st, 2010 and Thursday September 2nd, 2010, the week before the start of classes for students on Tuesday September 7th, 2010.  On Wednesday September 1st building Principals will share the IIP with all staff.  On the second day back for staff, Thursday September 2nd, Curriculum Learning Specialists will meet with teachers within their respective departments to communicate their IIP’s.

In one section of the training session Administrators and CLS’s were asked to provide examples of how to describe an IIP to a friend or family member who is not familiar with the educational component in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District.  Some of those responses included:

  • “A means to increase student achievement with a shared and consistent vision,” said Kenmore East Principal Patrick Heyden
  • “A roadmap for staff to follow in order to achieve goals,” said Art CLS Amy Veltri.
  • “A data-driven blueprint,” said Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Kevin Kruger.

“This training really helps by keeping our focus of our noble mission in the district: improve student achievement.  It gives us the direction, the educational roadmap that we need to travel.  We will share a consistent message across the district with the idea that we are a school district, not a district of schools, that we are all on the same page,” added Huff.


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