District Goals - 2011-2012

District Goals – 2011-2012

  1. To increase academic achievement with high expectations and active engagement for all students and staff.
  2. To develop and secure a fiscally responsible budget that addresses the mission and beliefs of the district.
  3. To improve the social and emotional climate in the district.
  4. To strengthen the district’s relationship with the Northbridge community.
  5. To support the consistent review and implementation of school committee policy.

The following are action items that will be clearly articulated in the Schools Improvement Plans, the District Professional Development Plan, the District Literacy Plan, and the District Improvement Plan. The aforementioned action plans will include objectives/goals, responsible parties, budget implications, and indicators of success.

Goal 1: Academic Achievement

  • To effectively differentiate instruction, challenge all students, and increase student achievement in all areas.The goals of differentiated instruction are to develop challenging and engaging tasks for each learner (from low-end learner to high-end learner). All teachers preschool through 8 should work to develop flexible groups in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • To develop a formative and summative assessment system for all content areas  in addition to the MCAS. Teachers will use a variety of data indicators to document improved student achievement for all students
  • To further develop the co-teaching and inclusion model in all schools to make classrooms more inclusive and more appropriate learning environments for students with disabilities and other students who may need additional support for school success. Collaboration and service coordination in mainstream settings will enable students with disabilities to achieve greater academic and social success.
  • To seamlessly integrate technology across all classrooms in order to effectively prepare students for the 21st Century.
  • To effectively implement Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at all grade levels and content areas. The PLC’s will set and achieve common goals that result in improved learning outcomes for all students.  Student data and outcomes shall be the basis of PLC discussions and will be analyzed and disaggregated to develop Smart Goals and ensure measurable outcomes.
  • To continue to work towards each classroom and school grades preschool- 8 becoming Responsive Classrooms and Responsive Schools.  (The Responsive Classroom approach is a widely used, research-backed approach to elementary education that increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction.)
  • To maintain class size in the content areas and related arts.
  • To continue to improve the high school graduation rate.
  • To enhance professional development opportunities for all staff and involve more staff in professional development opportunities beyond the school day and school year.
  • To vertically and horizontally align all curriculum areas to the Common Core Standards. The task force convened will continue to work on mathematics and literacy.

Goal II:  Race to the Top Reform Areas 2011-2014

  • Improve teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance
  • Ensure effective teachers and leaders in every classroom
  • Use data to inform instruction
  • Increase college and career readiness
  • Develop and implement the teaching and learning system

RTTT Actions:

  • Implement the state educator evaluation framework. (Design and implement an effective evaluation system for teachers and administrators aligned to the new state framework for educator evaluation.)
  • Align curriculum to the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Strengthen climate, conditions and school culture:  Use data and results from school surveys for decision making and change.
  • Strengthen skills of existing educators:  Participate in National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) training for principals.
  • Create near-real-time access to data in the Education Data Warehouse by implementing the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF). (SIF is a standard to support the transfer of data directly from our district to the ESE in near real-time. SIF will move districts from data compliance reporting to using data to inform decisions and using data to support continuous improvement.)
  • Access ESE-sponsored or approved professional development on using data to improve instruction
  • Implement one or more components of the statewide teaching and learning system. (ESE advisory committees will develop curriculum maps and units with curriculum embedded performance assessments (CEPAs), expand the existing digital library and  develop a test builder engine to deliver formative and summative assessments in the core content areas. We will pilot one or more components of the statewide teaching and learning system when available.

Goal III: Fiscally Responsible Budget

  • To develop District budgets based on potential variability in funding sources for FY 13.
  • Continue to effectively communicate the needs of the district and be open and transparent to the public.

Goal IV: Social-Emotional Climate

  • Continue to implement school/district student interventions based on staff and student input and work to develop responsive classrooms at all levels.
  • Research mentor or advisor/advisee program for middle school and high school students.
  • Continue to implement professional learning communities to empower staff and improve the educational climate.
  • Continue to implement bullying prevention programs and training throughout the District.

Goal V: Community Relationships

  • Continue to promote varied opportunities for citizen involvement in the schools.
  • Continue involvement with the Town’s Financial Planning Task Force and Charter Review Committee.
  • Communicate and celebrate successes through a variety of media.
  • Increase parental involvement across all schools.
  • Effectively utilize Channel 13.


Goal VI: School Committee

  • Attend Selectman and Finance Committee meetings to provide updates and share the accomplishments of the schools and district.
  • School Committee will consistently meet with MASC and key stakeholders to update policies.
  • Ensure alignment between School Committee Policy and student/staff handbooks.
  • Ensure that School Committee procedures and protocols are published and understood, including yearly calendar of School Committee events.
  • Review the Superintendent’s goals and accomplishment according to the established timelines.
  • Organize School Committee training through MASC or another organization, with the focus on School Committee involvement in the school administration and the definition of committee procedures and protocols.
  • Ensure review of District Goals and progress on the goals twice per year.
  • Discuss the development of a formal district and schools public relations plan.
  • Explore options for a school based health center.


8/23/2011 Approved by School Committee