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    Sheepscot Valley RSU #12 is the recipient of a 2011
    Teacher Incentive Fund Grant
    from the US Department of Education and the National Board for
    Professional Teaching Standards.

    National Board Professional for Teaching Standards – Schools for Excellence

    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has been awarded a five-year Teacher Incentive Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant – Schools for Excellence – is designed to:

    • Improve student achievement by increasing teacher and principal effectiveness.
    • Reform teacher and principal compensation systems so that teachers and principals are rewarded for increases in student achievement.
    • Increase the number of effective teachers teaching poor, minority and disadvantaged students in hard-to-staff subjects; and
    • Create sustainable performance-based compensation systems.
       
       Please visit the Teacher Incentive Fund Grant section of our website for additional information.


    We would also like to welcome you to our new SVRSU #12 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment website. 

    We are off to a great start with our CCC and associated curriculum work!

    Superintendent Potter and I have visited all of the schools and have seen excellent instruction taking place in every building. We are encouraged with the progress on our instructional initiatives that we have in place for the 2010‐2011 school year, including the continued implementation of Everyday Math, RTI, Data-Enhanced Instruction, and the beginning work around grade-level expectations and curriculum alignment, K-12. We are also pleased at the level of collegial and collaborative conversation taking place among staff through district-wide and school-based PLC’s.

    As leaders (we are all leaders) in education, we all possess the opportunity to make our education system more aligned with the needs of the 21st century workforce. Our public strongly supports more rigorous expectations for students that integrate these skills into core academic subjects. To accomplish the expectations for educators in equipping our students for this new challenge, our staff must have targeted professional development, quality formative and summative assessments and curricular tools to accomplish this task. To that end, we hope that this website provides you the resources necessary to assist you in meeting these goals.

    The administrators and staff in the most successful schools embrace change as exciting and challenging rather than intimidating and threatening. These educators (change agents) seem to understand that schools today need to be retooled in order to keep pace with a changing society and economy. Keep up the hard work and remain focused helping each student be successful!

    Patricia Watts,    Assistant Superintendent

    Should you have any questions or concerns, as we continue to update this site with RSU forms and usable links, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Henderson, my trusted Assistant, or me for ongoing assistance.



    MISSION


    The mission of the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit is to educate each and every student to the fullest of his/her potential, enabling them to participate fully as a productive and self-fulfilled member of a democratic society.



    I.    Curriculum

    All students will be provided with aligned, rigorous, and research-based instructional materials to prepare them for the 21st century learning and post-secondary opportunities.

     

    II.   Instruction

    All educators will partner with colleagues to create an instructional climate that values coaching, modeling, and a collaborative culture to improve teaching practices.

     
    III.  Assessment

    All educators will use assessment information to improve achievement of all students.

     
    IV.   Environment  

    Educators, students and parents will partner to create a positive, engaging, and safe school environment.

     
    V.    Technology
             Teachers and students will use technology to enhance learning.


       

    ACTION STEPS

     

    CURRICULUM

    • Establish full curriculum alignment to include:

    · Awareness of revision cycle process and duties of Curriculum Coordinating Council

    · Scope and sequence K-12

    · Sound transitions between grades

    · Adequate resources for sustainability and professional development

     

    INSTRUCTION  

    • Target professional development for all instructional staff on best practices, through coaching and modeling.
    • Stress importance of cross-curriculum applications of content.
    • Create collaborative teams focused on teaching and learning.
              ASSESSMENT  
    • Raise the achievement level for all students.
    • Close the achievement gap for Special Education sub-groups.
    • Develop a systematic process of monitoring progress at the classroom, building, and district levels to maximize student achievement.

    ENVIRONMENT  

    • Enhance sense of community through a positive, engaging school climate.
    • Increase quality, frequency, and consistency of parent involvement and communication strategies.
    • Increase opportunities for students to explore and pursue post-secondary options.

    TECHNOLOGY  

    • Pursue options to increase technology infrastructure, capacity, and integration.
    • Enhance technology integration strategies through professional development and hardware and software resource management.