Department of Defense Education Activity

Goal 2: School Excellence

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School Excellence

DoDEA is dedicated to developing and sustaining high-performing schools with innovative, collaborative, and caring cultures that work to continuously improve. Over the next several years, DoDEA will pursue School Excellence through two Strategic Initiatives: focused collaboration and CCRS. These initiatives directly address DoDEA’s need to provide workforce development opportunities to educators and world-class instruction to students. Guiding teachers as they grow their instructional practice and providing them with high quality standards and curriculum will ultimately benefit students as they strive to meet their highest academic potential.

Professional Learning Communities/Focused Collaboration

Professional learning communities (PLCs)/focused collaboration is a structured form of collaboration that focuses educators on making decisions that are grounded in evidence, accumulating and circulating knowledge and ideas, and providing one another with support that improves the effectiveness of teaching.  DoDEA is formally in its second year of system-wide implementation of PLCs/focused collaboration.  This initiative needs sustained attention, resources, and leadership in order to maximize its potential for increasing both adult and student learning.  The urgency behind this initiative is underscored by DoDEA’s accreditation agency’s, AdvancEd, newly released school quality factors which emphasize the importance of a positive and collaborative culture for school excellence that will be used to evaluate DoDEA schools.  DoDEA will build upon its significant investment in adult learning and leadership through continued CCRS and leadership professional learning provided by the Centers for Instructional Leadership and Headquarters Education Directorate.

College and Career Ready Standards

The implementation of new standards for all subject areas and grade levels is a process that takes time.  Over the last five years, DoDEA has made significant progress towards becoming a standards-based instructional system with the implementation of the standards for Mathematics, Literacy, and Fine Arts.  However, there is more to do in these subject areas as well as Science, Social Studies, Career and Technical Education, Arts, and World Languages.  The full implementation of the DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) will further these efforts and enable DoDEA to measure success.

DoDEA is dedicated to developing and sustaining high-performing schools.

Goal 2- Strategic Initiative 2.1: 

Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration - Provide leadership and support for the continued implementation of Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration in all schools.

Critical Success Factors:

  1. Quality Implementation of Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration: Communities/Focused Collaboration: In order order to assess progress towards a shared understanding and high quality implementation of Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration, we will develop and implement an established evaluation tool and use the results to strengthen a culture of collaboration.
  2. Integrate Continuous Improvement into the Daily Work of Districts and Schools: In order to make meaningful connections with the daily work of standards and assessment implementation and Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration, we will streamline, align, and focus the DoDEA Continuous Improvement Process.
  3. Ongoing Professional Learning: In order to ensure teachers, school administrators, District educators, and professional support staff address student learning needs, we will conduct ongoing professional learning and support for Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration at every level.
  4. Assessment Literacy: In order to use student learning results to drive Professional Learning Communities/ Focused Collaboration and inform teaching and learning decisions, we will provide tools and information for how teachers can use the assessment data to inform instructional changes.
  5. Instructional Leadership Professional Learning: In order to strengthen principals’ and assistant principals’ skills to lead teaching and learning in every school, we will provide professional learning on instructional leadership and support for principals, assistant principals, and district leaders.
  6. Culture of Shared Leadership: In order to assist principals in establishing shared leadership within schools, we will advance the culture of shared leadership through professional learning that enables teachers to share their expertise and learning.
Goal 2- Strategic Initiative 2.2:

College and Career Ready Standards - Provide leadership and support for the continued implementation of College and Career Ready Standards.

Critical Success Factors:

  1. Professional Learning Needs Assessment: In order to foster change in practice, we will continue to assess adult learning needs to inform the design and delivery of CCRS professional learning for teachers, school administrators, and district specialists.
  2. Aligned Standards-Based Instruction System: In order to promote student learning through the implementation of CCRS and to provide support for educators as they integrate curriculum, instruction, and assessment components into their practice, we will align all components of a standards-based instruction system including standards, curriculum, 21st Century instructional practices, assessment, and interventions.
  3. Best Practice and a Culture of Innovation:  In order to develop a shared understanding of what works best for student learning, and spread innovation throughout the system, we will create networks of educators that learn and problem-solve together.
  4. Comprehensive Planning for Program Implementations: In order to provide focus for HQ, District, and School Improvement planning, we will create a systemic continuous review and improvement cycle for standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment program implementations that integrates with the DoDEA Comprehensive Planning Cycle.
  5. DoDEA Learning Walkthrough Implementation: In order to systematically observe the instructional shifts in classrooms, encourage teacher growth through actionable feedback, and design professional learning to improve school, district, and system-wide teaching and learning, we will implement and refine the DoDEA Learning Walkthrough process.