Policies & Goals



 The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education focuses on the following foundational principals to guide the establishment of goals and resources in the support of high levels of student achievement:

Align and organize all district resources toward improvement in academic achievement.

Ensure a rigorous curriculum aligned to high State and National standards.

Foster and expand systems that builds leadership capacity and skills in all district staff, such as, Coaching and Adaptive Schools.

Promote and support systems which make student achievement data meaningful and readily accessible to drive classroom instruction.

Strength and support strong family-school-community partnerships to improve student achievement.

Engage and support staff by providing structures, tools and resources that support collaboration and reflective practices

Goal #1
Student Achievement through a rich and varied curriculum: All learners will experience a challenging and relevant learning environment that will prepare them for the future. 
1.1 Implement a clear instructional model to be used in all K-12 Classrooms
Student Goal Statement:  Eighty (80) percent of students will be career/college ready as measured by a 21 or higher score on the 11th grade ACT by the year 2015.
1.1.1  Objective:  Implement Research Proven Classroom Teaching Strategies:  Increase student achievement through a clear and consistent instructional model in all content areas in grades K-12.  Strategy:  Gradual release of responsibility model (Pearson and Gallagher)
Staff will implement the gradual release model to increase critical thinking abilities of students in grades K-12.
  • Students are exposed to repeated modeling of expert behavior through teacher think-alouds and discussions of effective strategies for learning.
  • Students are provided with ongoing guided practice before they are asked to be independent learners.
  • Students are encouraged to use each other in the context of cooperative classroom activities as they experiment with the thinking necessary to succeed in a variety of learning tasks.  

Activity:  K-12 Instructional Professional Development:  K-12 Staff will be supported/trained in the gradual release model.  Strategy:  Problem Solving/Critical Thinking.  Teachers will integrat Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Strategies while supporting visible evidence of meta-cognitive.
Activity:  K-12 Instructional Support:  Staff will be given the time and resources necessary to integrate problem solving/critical thinking strategies.  Strategy:  Feedback Loops
Activity:  Teachers will be given the time/resources necessary to complete the integrations of strategies.
1.1.2  Objective:  Identify Essential Learnings - Staff will identify essential core questions, academic vocabulary, and pacing guides (curriculum maps).  Strategy:  Pacing Guides/Essential Questions/Academic Vocabulary - Staff will create and integrate real world and cross content strategies to be included in pacing guides, essential questions, and academic vocabulary to increase student critical thinking abilities in grades K-12.  These road maps will be entered into the SAS system.
Activity:  Staff will have the time and resources to create pacing guides, essential questions, and academic vocabulary.
1.2 Data Analysis and Reflection
Student Goal Statement:  Eighty (80) percent of students will be career/college ready as measured by a 21 or higher score on the 11th grade ACT by the year 2015.
1.2.1  Objective:  Ongoing Data Analysis And Reflection For All Grade Levels:  The percentage of students in all grade levels that are proficient in all content areas of the ACT/SRI/guided reading will increase to 80% proficient by the year 2015.  Strategy:  Data Conversations - Staff will participate in scheduled data conversations surrounding formative and summative assessments to enhance critical thinking abilities of students in all grade levels.
Activity:  district teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and administration will design quality data conversations to be consistent with all staff.
1.2.2  Objective:  Effective Uses of Data Assessment Review:  Teachers will receive training and support in effective uses of data assessment review.  Strategy:  Review And Align Existing Assessments - Staff will review and align existing assessments to meet core content standards.
Activity:  Staff will rewrite assessments as needed.
1.3 Monitor Implementation of the District Instructional Model
Student Goal Statement:  Eighty (80) percent of students will be career/college ready as measured by a 21 or higher score on the 11th grade ACT by the year 2015.
1.3.1  Objective:  Develop Growth Plans:  Staff will develop individual growth plans with each teacher to support his/her growth in implementation of district instructional model.  Strategy:  Growth Plan Support - Instructional coaches, fellow teachers or administration will work with individual staff to develop each individual growth plan.
Activity:  Staff will be given the time/resources to develop the plan. 
Goal #2
Community Relations 
Cedar Springs Public Schools will support and encourage every community member to invest in our children’s future and build shared ownership and participation in our school district through:

 2.1    Promoting honest, trustworthy relationships with transparent dialogue and communication (Internal) organizations that support win-win situations for both parties that increase student achievement. 

2.1.1   Develop and implement internal communication plan that provides structures that promote feedback loops for: staff, students, parents, Board of Education.
2.1.2  Review and redesign existing systems of communication in order to increase communication capacity with internal groups.
2.1.3  Promote clear message about positive activities in our school system and develop systems to ensure clear communication of that message. 

 2.2 Seek Out, Encourage, And Respect Each Other’s Diverse Ideas, Perspectives, and Abilities
2.2.1 Students will develop positive “Habits of Mind” to support respectful relationships for all and increase academic achievement.
2.2.2 Professional high quality learning activities will be provided to staff and students around diversity issues.
2.2.3 The district will conduct a review of curriculum around equity and diversity issues.
2.3 Strengthen Family-School Relationships While Encouraging Collaboration With Business, Government, Community, And Cultural Organizations That Will Support Improved Student Achievement (External)
2.3.1 Identify critical communication constituents and develop structures that promote regular communication channels.
2.3.2 Organize and execute regular and ongoing channels to engage the community in meaningful dialogue.
2.3.3 Develop and promote ongoing partnerships with local organizations that support win-win situations for both parties that increase student achievement.  

Goal #3
Budget and Finance:  Cedar Springs Public Schools will develop and implement a financial management system that ensures the highest levels of fiscal responsibility including:

3.1 Long range budget planning that includes a balanced budget over a three year period. 
3.2 Thoughtful review of all practices to ensure economy and long-term sustainability. 
3.2.1  Update on sustainable issues at all budget amendment Board of Education meetings.
3.2.2  Institute cost/benefit analysis of work
3.2.3  Institute project proposal/approval
3.2.4  Payroll analysis/controls
3.3 Budget planning which is student-centered. 
3.3.1  Non-Academic efficiency reporting - annual review
3.3.2  Leveled reporting/analysis - annual review
3.3.3  budget reflects evidence of focus on Board of Education Goals #1 & #2
3.4 Consolidation and co-operative use of all services / facilities. 
3.4.1  Update at all budget amendment Board of Education Meetings on progress
3.4.2  Evidence of collaboration (Parks & Rec/Facility use work)  efforts that support student and student learning
3.4.3  Seek out partnership for regional and municipal "win-win" cooperative agreements
3.5 Transparent budgeting process.
3.5.1  Increase communication about the State of the District budget
3.5.2  Increase availability of information regarding budget amendments (November/February/June meetings)
3.5.3  Enrich website data on financial issues