5. Strategies for Improving Instruction, Curriculum and Student Achievement

Building Academic Goals and Strategies 

Every August a data review process is held to analyze and discuss school-wide data from the previous year. After this data review, each building formulates SMART goals and improvement strategies for the upcoming school year. 

Jefferson Action Plan - 2016-2017

Lincoln Action Plan 2016-2017

Roosevelt Action Plan - 2016-2017

Faribault Middle School Action Plan - 2016-2017

Faribault High School Action Plan - 2016-2017

Staff Development Goals 

The Staff Development and Curriculum Advisory Committees are comprised of members of the community and employees of the school district. They meet regularly to determine what support the district needs in order to continuously improve the learning for all students. 

Staff Development Plan.pptx

Staff Development Report (2015-2016)

Professional Learning Communities 

Teachers at all levels meet in professional learning communities at least two times a month. Early childhood PLC's are divided into Birth-3 service providers and preschool and ECSE teachers of the 3-5 year olds. Elementary PLC's consist of grade level teachers, EL, Title I, and Special Education teachers that support the learning of students at that grade level. Middle School PLC's meet as grade level teams as well as departments. High School PLC's are content focused primarily with grade level PLC's meeting occasionally. Vertical PLC's also happen in various fashions in some building as well as a K-12 content area meeting in the fall.

Faribault Public Schools AVID Program 

Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID, is a district-wide system which is being implemented in Faribault Public Schools. The AVID system helps transform the Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture of a school, ensuring college and career readiness for all AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities.  FPS currently offers the AVID elective class in grades 6-12, through an application process.  The district’s, three elementary schools, are implementing AVID through a school-wide approach starting with grades 3-5.

The AVID Elective Class provides:
· Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success 
· Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships 
· Creates a positive peer group for students 
· Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination 


The AVID System provides:


Instruction: Entire instructional staff utilizes AVID strategies, other best instructional practices, and 21st century tools to ensure college readiness for AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students. 

Systems: Systems are in place that support governance, curriculum and instruction, data collection and analysis, professional learning, and student and parent outreach to ensure college readiness for AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students. 

Leadership: School leadership sets the vision and tone to promote college readiness and high expectations for all students in the school. 

Culture: School’s beliefs and behaviors which reflect and demonstrate an increase in the number of students meeting college readiness requirements.

As a result, AVID's mission is considered to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement and opportunity gaps, making college access and career readiness available to all students and for them to be successful.

Faribault Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program

Our district's Gifted and Talented Program is one that begins at grade 2 and goes through grade 5.  This program is run at all three elementary schools and helps create accelerated opportunities to help them grow.

Faribault Gifted and Talented Programming Plan.docx