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Eagle Strategic Plan

Eagle Strategic Planning 2.0 Meeting Schedule

The Oakridge Board of Education has established a process to update our Eagle Strategic Plan.  Meetings have been scheduled to facilitate this process. Meetings will be held in the Boardroom of the Administration Building.  These meetings have been posted as Special Board Meetings and, therefore, open for the public to attend. There will be 4 phases in this process:  learn, listen, align, and plan. Upon completion, the mission, vision, and goals will provide direction for administration and staff to develop strategies and activities to accomplish these goals through their school improvement plans.

LEARN

Wednesday, April 11 @ 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Objective: The Board will learn about Michigan’s system of public education, the evolution of the changing workplace, and future economic realities.  They will review State/regional/local initiatives. They will review outcomes of Eagle Strategic Plan 1.0 and student achievement data.

LISTEN

Stakeholder “Fishbowl” Focus Group Sessions
Objective:  The Board will listen to stakeholder groups to better understand how current reality aligns with the demands of our student’s future.  The Board will listen to what stakeholders feel about district successes, challenges, and opportunities to improve.

Thursday, April 12 @ 5:30 – 6:45pm
Participants:  Senior Citizens/Community Leaders

Wednesday, April 18 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Participants: Students
Participants: Parents

Thursday, April 19 @ 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Participants: Teachers/Staff
Participants: Administrators

ALIGN

Wednesday, April 25 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Special Board Meeting
Objective:  The Board will assess the gap between the current reality and our desired future.  The Board will review a draft of revised vision and mission statements, if indicated.  

PLAN

Wednesday, May 2, @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Objective:  The Board will draft “big picture” strategic goals and evaluate for impact/pressure on resources.

Thursday, May 10 @ 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Special Board Meeting
Objective:  The Board will determine a communication plan to engage community and establish an ongoing accountability model.

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Outcomes of Eagle Strategic Plan 1.0 (2013 – 2018)

The Eagle Strategic Plan 1.0 was approved by the Oakridge Board of Education in 2013 after input from broad and diverse stakeholder input from students, parents, staff, administrators, and community leaders.  Now 5 years later, we are proud to share some key highlights and accomplishments across the 7 strategic goal areas.

Strategic Goal #1: Improve Student Achievement

86% of Kindergarten students showed benchmark readiness (Spring 2017)

  • Launched Transitional Kindergarten program.
  • Adopted and implemented new Saxon Phonics program and Connect 4 Learning.

10.1% increase in the number of students demonstrating proficiency on the Spring 2017 ELA M-Step results leading the county in growth (3rd grade M-Step Scores)

  • Adopted and implemented new English Language Arts Program K-12.
    • “Ready Gen” in grades K-6
    • “Collections” in grades 7-12
  • Trained Literacy Coaches and adopted “ELA Essentials”.

18% increase in 2017 Math PSAT scores in 8th grade

  • Adopted and implemented new K-12 Math Program aligned with new Michigan Standards.
    • “Math Expressions” in grades K-5.
    • “Big Ideas” in grades 6-8.
    • “Pearson” in grades 9-12.
  • Created and implemented Interim Online Math Assessments to monitor learning.

Improved Science and Technology Programs

  • Adopted and implemented new science program – “Battle Creek Science Units” in grades K-6.
  • Adopted and implemented “Modeling PD” in grades 7-12.
  • Created new STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) enrichment programs and implemented in grades 4-8.
  • Offered 6th grade STEM Academy in summer 2018.
  • Created new “Advanced Placement (AP) Coding” course in high school.

Increased Social Studies M-STEP Scores to a #1 in Muskegon County ranking.  

  • Provided DBQ Training (Document Based Question) to teachers

Improved College and Career Readiness Programs

  • Provided a Career Placement Specialist (shared between districts) to advise student on career awareness and exploration (funded by MAISD).  
  • Employed a Full-time Grant Funded College Access Advisor to provide learning experiences that prepare students for college.
  • Employed a Full-time Grant Funded At-Risk and ESL Specialist providing support services to students with barriers to learning or English language acquisition.
  • Implemented Muskegon Promise where students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA earn 2 years of FREE college.
  • Implemented “Muskegon Made” – a countywide program to build awareness of great careers.


Strategic Goal #2: Improve Learning Environment & Culture

  • Provided majority of staff training in Capturing Kids Hearts.
  • Provided an initial group of staff training in CHAMPS.
  • Implemented “Be Nice.” Program in all Buildings.
  • Implemented Second Step Program.
  • Implemented Linked Crew – connecting freshmen with upperclassmen mentors to improve transition to high school.
  • Initiated student recognition at Board Meetings.
  • Implemented Positive Behavior & Intervention Systems (PBIS) in ALL buildings.
  • Implemented Watch Dogs (OUE) – where Dads of Great Students volunteer in our schools as a positive male role model.
  • Implemented Teens United to promote a positive student culture.
  • Implemented Kids Hope Program – community volunteers mentor students 1 hour per week.

 

Strategic Goal #3: Strengthen Family & Community Engagement

  • Dedicated personnel resources to communication efforts.
    • Initiated Eagle News Weekly – weekly emails to all parents on file keeping informed district matters.
    • Implemented SchoolMessenger Alert system for emergency communication.
    • Increased Social Media presence to modernize district outreach and communication.
    • Upgraded website to be ADA compliance (near completion).
  • Started annual STEM night – families engage with kids around STEM activities.

 

Strategic Goal #4: Provide Strong Technology Infrastructure for Learning

  • Participated in passing of 2014 Regional Enhancement Millage to increase funding for Technology & Security
  • Provided every student in grades Kindergarten and 7-12 an iPad and Chromebook, respectively, for 1:1 digital learning experiences.  Grades 1-6 were provided Chromebook carts to share during school day.
  • Transitioned to OAITC tech support consortium to scale support with infrastructure expansion.
  • Created and implemented Personalized Virtual Learning Program.
  • Changed role Media Specialist to support staff districtwide with technology integration.

 

Strategic Goal #5: Improve Financial Stability

  • Passed 2014 Regional Enhancement Millage – Technology & Security.
  • Awarded grant in 2015 to operate Teen Health Center funding.
  • Accepted donations to construct Teen Health Center.
  • Applied for 21st Century Communities Federal Grant Boys & Girls Club of America to provide summer and after school programs (status pending).
  • Awarded 2017 Systems of Care Grant (countywide) to improve mental health services.
  • Established Oakridge Wellness Network with community partners to improve medical, dental, mental, behavioral, and social services for kids and families.
  • Informed staff and community on financial issues of the State and district.
  • Pursued capital funding with 2016 & 2017 Bond Proposals.
  • Achieved “relatively” stable financial condition of 10% fund balance in 2015-16.

 

Strategic Goal #6: Provide Quality, Safe, and Efficient Educational Facilities and Transportation Systems

  • Commissioned and created a Master Facility Assessment in 2015.
  • Constructed Single Secure Points of Entry for elementary and secondary buildings with alternative funding.
  • Established Facility Use Request Process for staff and community.
  • Updated Emergency Operations Plan in partnership with Muskegon County First Responders.
  • Acquired and implemented “Navigate Prepared” – a browser and mobile phone-based app utilized for school safety and emergency preparation and response.
  • Expanded video surveillance in facilities.
  • Replaced school bus video surveillance system (summer 2018).
  • Established and implemented school bus replacement cycle.
  • Implemented TransFinder – on online route/rider management system.
  • Installed new key and keyless door security system district wide.

 

Strategic Goal #7: Improve Human Resource Efficiencies

  • Established employee evaluation system for most support staff.
  • Upgraded technology systems to modernized human resource efficiencies (online job applications, online absence management, online substitute teacher management, online forms/personnel file management).
  • Negotiated fair and affordable employee labor contracts.
  • Modernized accounting invoice system to a paperless process using current financial software (MUNIS).
    • Created job descriptions for all job classifications
    • Established standard hiring process.

 

District Data – Demonstrated Results Based on Objectives & Goals

3rd Grade Reading Results

3rd Grade Reading Results

8th Grade PSAT College Ready

8th Grade PSAT College Ready

11th Grade SAT Combined Score College Ready

11th Grade SAT Combined Score College Ready

Spring 2017 MSTEP Student Growth Percentiles

Spring 2017 MSTEP Student Growth Percentiles

Career Tech Center and Early College Enrollments

Career Tech Center and Early College Enrollments

AP Course Enrollment and Muskegon Promise Qualifiers

AP Course Enrollment and Muskegon Promise Qualifiers

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Eagle Strategic Plan 1.0 (2013-2018)

Strategic Plan Brochure

Eagle Strategic Plan I

This document contains the Oakridge Eagle Strategic Plan I, the first strategic plan developed by Oakridge Public Schools. We’re excited about this plan and the possibilities it provides for our students, parents/guardians and community to improve education at Oakridge. This plan is the culmination of efforts from community leaders, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, students, members of the board of education session, and a Strategic Planning Team. In all, 178 people provided input for the planning process.Throughout the planning process the community expressed high expectations of Oakridge becoming a high performing school district and having all students graduate from high school prepared for college, workplace success, and lifelong learning. Even though some of the goals are extremely high, they reflect the strong desire that has been expressed to embrace significant change and dramatically improve the school system.There were several clear and consistent themes that emerged from this process.

  1. While much more work needs to be done; Oakridge is headed in the right direction with positive momentum behind the academic growth, instructional improvements and balanced curricular options.
  1. The future of growth and success of Oakridge must be a top community priority that requires support from all stakeholders (students, parents/guardians, taxpayers, businesses, non-profits, foundations, government agencies, community leaders, etc.).
  1. As a district, we must do a better job of positively engaging and aligning internal (students, parents/guardians, staff and the school board) and external (taxpayers, community organizations, businesses, non-profits, government agencies, elected officials) stakeholders around common goals and strategies to significantly improve academic achievement and high school graduation rates.

Our Strategic Planning Team, comprised of a very broad and diverse group of 31 stakeholders, developed the goals. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with all sectors of our community to implement these goals and suggested strategies.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Tom Livezey and the Oakridge Board of Education