Executive Summary

The Brown Deer School District is a K-12 public school district comprised of two schools located on one campus. Brown Deer Elementary School houses grades Four-year-old Kindergarten through 6th grade and Brown Deer Middle/High School houses grades 7 through 12.  The District's total enrollment is approximately 1600 students. The District participates in Wisconsin's Open Enrollment Program. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students are provided with numerous opportunities to participate in athletic programs and activities.  We have approximately 225 staff members who support our students and school community, 140 them being professional staff members.  Forty-five percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch and we currently have a minority population of around seventy percent.  The school district serves the larger community of Brown Deer that has a population of 13,000 residents.

The Village of Brown Deer, with approximately 13,000 residents, is located on the northernmost end of Milwaukee County.  Boasting one of the most diverse populations in Wisconsin, Brown Deer is home to families representing a variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Brown Deer provides small town values in a family-oriented environment just minutes away from the bustle of downtown Milwaukee.


Strategic Plan

In January of 2011 the district began a strategic planning session that defined the following mission, values and beliefs and vision.


OUR MISSION

Together with our families and community, we will inspire students to be passionate learners, creative thinkers, and innovative leaders who enrich our world.

OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS

All students deserve a quality education.

All students deserve a safe learning environment based on mutual respect.

Our students will experience a dynamic, challenging, and technology-infused curriculum, enhanced with the arts and extra-curricular activities.

We believe collaboration among staff, students, parents and community will result in measurable student success.

We believe Brown Deer is a community that embraces cultural diversity and values inclusion.

OUR VISION

Aspiring to become a world-class school district.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GOALS

All students will demonstrate growth and exceed individual scores on district and state standardized tests.

All students taking the WKCE will demonstrate growth and exceed individual scores on state assessments.  

Narrow achievement gaps of subgroups across the district using on-going assessment, progress monitoring, and other Response to Instruction strategies.

All students will be at appropriate grade level in reading and math by the end of 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th grade.

Increase student ACT composite score each year to attain top half among Woodland Conference Schools.  

Increase percentage of students taking Advanced Placement classes and percentage of students earning a AP test score of 3 or above attaining top half among Conference Schools.

All students will graduate high school and have personalized learning profiles/plans for college, vocational, or career pathways.

Keys to Our Success

School District Annual Report: October 8, 2013

District Strategic Plan


Transformation in our Teaching, Learning and Leadership

This past school year, several transformation meetings were held to provide opportunities for our community to discuss how to use innovation, creativity, and collaboration to achieve higher outcomes and increase accountability.  Educators everywhere are being challenged to produce different outcomes and create multiple pathways for our students to become college and/or career ready.  Our students need a 21st century skill set as they transition to learning and life opportunities beyond high school.

We now have an opportunity to redesign our educational system using the synergy of physical transformation that occurred on our campus due to a very successful referendum.  The administrative team worked diligently on an innovative plan to reallocate educational resources and strengthen our instructional program.  Redesign takes courage and vision to depart from the status quo and find solutions that renew, revitalize, and offer new hope that truly transforms our practice.  Through our study and inquiry, we have learned that we need creatively use technology as an innovation tool to better meet the needs of all students.  Our students must be prepared to compete against students from across the world.  We must secure teachers and administration that work differently to bring these new ideas to scale and innovate the way we all lead in our newly consolidated district.  We can learn from other innovative organizations and districts as we go on this journey to personalize and transform learning for everyone.  This new way of educating our students and doing the right work will require resources, support, and ongoing communication to make this transformation come to life.

Key components of Transformation

Here is what we will need to reinvent our schools and transform our Brown Deer Educational System:

  • Student learning is our first priority to champion a culture of excellence.
  • Create learning environments that are personalized and focus on our students and learners.
  • Hire the best and brightest teachers, staff, and administrators to serve our students.  Professionalism is rewarded through high expectations and compensation for quality work.
  • Offer rigorous curriculum and programming that meet international benchmarks for educational excellence.  Instructional programs must be varied and inclusive to meet the needs of the whole child.
  • Increase access and use of technology to extend, enhance, and enrich learning.  We must make an investment in the tools and software to support a customized and personalized education for both students and teachers.
  • Instill higher expectations by creating learning environments free from distractions with school dress code.
  • Consider all possibilities for school calendars in the future as learning must become the constant not the variable.  Personalized learning will require that our day/time/hours look different to best meet the needs of 21st century learners.
  • Use of staff time daily to collaborate and learn from one another to enhance practice and improve student learning.  Collegiality is the norm and expectation for all staff to meaningfully contribute to the organization and to the success of our students.
  • Provide continued learning and professional development for all staff that is personalized, job-embedded, and relevant to the students they work with.
  • As a school community believe in our staff as professionals to innovate and move our district forward to become world-class.  Even when budgets are tight, we must continue to put student's interests first by solving our challenges without raising class sizes, eliminating programming, or cutting extra-curricular that are vital to the life of our students.  We must continue to consider the long-term interests of our teachers and staff and seek a balanced approach for compensation and benefits that will retain and attract the best and brightest staff for our district.

Introduction


Information and Technology Mission Statement

The District’s Information and Technology Department is committed to effectively preparing students for the future by providing the skills necessary to compete in today’s information rich and technology-driven world. We also believe that technology is not only a means to offer students a high quality education, but also an approach to equip them with the 21st century skills necessary to ensure success in any career path they choose. To this end, information and technology should not only positively affect our curriculum, student learning goals, research, and the scholarly activities of our students, but also significantly impact how students and teachers work and communicate in our schools. 

Background

Demographics

The Brown Deer School District is a K-12 public school district comprised of two schools located on one campus. Brown Deer Elementary School houses grades Four-year-old Kindergarten through 6th grade and Brown Deer Middle/High School houses grades 7 through 12.  The District's total enrollment is approximately 1600 students. We have approximately 225 staff members who support our students and school community, 140 them being professional staff members.  Forty-five percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch and we currently have a minority population of around seventy percent.  The school district serves the larger community of Brown Deer that has a population of 13,000 residents.

Planning Process & Committee
In the Fall of 2012, a Technology Needs Assessment Survey was given to staff to gather information that would shape the needs assessment data for the current plan. The survey and results are included under the "Needs" tab above. 

The district team met in November to establish a committee, examine the district's strategic plan,discuss the next plan's goals and needs assessment survey for staff. The District Information and Technology team members can be found under the "Authors/Approvals" tab.

A Collaborative Team was formed in Fall 2013 to examine Information and Technology, Personalized Learning and the 4 C's. This team assisted in forming a general understanding of UDL, in creating a vision for technology use and integration and was the platform we used to develop the Information and

Community Resources & Adult Literacy Providers

Parent Teacher Organizations                                                    Rotary Club

Cardinal Stritch University (SEWNTP Mentoring Program)                Lion's Club

Arts Alliance                                                                            Brown Deer Junior Women's Club

Brown Deer Public Library                                                          Rite-Hite YMCA


Research

Darrel M. West, Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, “Using Technology to Personalize Learning and Assess Students in Real-Time” Washington, D.C., October 6, 2011.

 

George Lorenzo and John Ittleson, ed. by Dana Oblinger, Educause Learning Initiative, “Demonstrating and Assessing Student Learning with E-Portfolios,” October, 2005.


ISTE:  International Standards for Technology Education, https://www.iste.org/


iNACOL:  International Association for K-12 Online Learning, http://www.inacol.org/


Project Red: Revolutionizing Education, http://www.projectred.org/

EdLeader21: National network of school and district leaders focused on integrating the 4C's (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) into education, http://edleader21.com/        




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