The Office of Teaching and Learning has implemented a new supportive school improvement process called “The 60 Day Data Coaching Cycle.”
This new supportive process regularly monitors the data from the secondary and elementary schools as it relates to each school’s required School Improvement Plan targets for subject/content areas. Using The 60 Day Data Coaching Cycle allows the DSIT to learn about each building’s student growth while balancing the presentations by having the secondary and elementary schools alternate their presentations every other month. The 60 Day Data Cycle allows each building the time necessary to gather data on student assessments and their growth. The administrators and their school improvement teams track student growth and present their progress to the DSIT during its monthly meetings. Presentations are done using PowerPoint presentations, handouts, or other hands-on materials to demonstrate to the DSIT the types of strategies/programs used to support students and the effectiveness of those strategies/programs. Each building’s school improvement team tracks their students’ growth in comparison to their end of the year goals, showing how much growth is needed to reach their end of the year goal. The 60 Day Data Cycle gives building administrators and their school improvement teams the opportunity to support one another in our district’s school improvement process, informing them of where growth is needed while also celebrating their strengths and successes.
Cedar Springs Public Schools provides a comprehensive core curriculum that meets or exceeds state and national standards in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, world languages, integrated technology, industrial arts, and agriculture.
Additional elective courses help to extend and enrich the core curriculum. The district is continuing to develop an interdisciplinary focus across the curriculum to link curriculum content and increase student's understanding of the nature of learning.
Cedar Springs Public Schools is committed to reaching every child. Professional Learning Communities and Communities of Practice help teachers ensure that all students reach high levels of learning.
Cedar Springs has been a leader in the State and County in the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Model. As a district we recognize the increasing demands for excellence for all students. This helps to guarantee that all students learn the intended curriculum. It also allows teachers to plan what to do with students who did not learn and how they can plan for the student that is ahead of expected learning. Collaboration and increased student achievement are the heart of the PLC process.
Using our state of the art Student Achievement System teachers regularly review student progress toward their academic goals. Teachers continually look to address alignment of Cedar Spring’s standards to the highest level State and National standards. By examining student data they are able to build intervention and acceleration strategies.