• Goal 1: Student Achievement image

    Student Achievement

     

    WS/FCS will raise student achievement, close achievement gaps, and enable all students to take ownership of their learning.

     

    Objectives include: development of an instructional framework and a rigorous and culturally relevant curriculum.


     Getting There

    • Objective A – Develop and align the WS/FCS Vision for Teaching and Learning to the outcomes of the NC Portrait of a Graduate that highlight effective educator practices and student learning expectations for improved student achievement. 
    • Objective B – Revise WS/FCS content-specific Core Instructional Resources, Unit Planning Organizers, and curriculum resources by utilizing exemplars of effective instructional practice to create intentional conditions for deeper learning opportunities where students take ownership of their learning pathway. 
    • Objective C – Develop inclusive classroom cultures where all students and more specifically, students with disabilities, have an opportunity to learn with and from grade and age peers and demonstrate mastery towards development of the NC Portrait of a Graduate skills through Capstone and Cornerstone experiences. 
    • Objective D – Utilize the Vision for Instructional Excellence to monitor instruction and inform professional development for teachers. 
  • Teaching Learning Framework

    During the 2020-2021 school year, the Instructional Services Division is utilizing the newly developed Teaching and Learning Framework to guide their efforts to secure standards-aligned curriculum resources, improve instructional teaching strategies, provide a wide range of professional development sessions, and utilize assessment data to drive instructional decisions. 

    The cross-functional team of educators and administrators developed the Framework collaboratively to ensure that its guidance:

    • emphasises the social-emotional well-being of students and adults,
    • utilizes a growth mindset,
    • intentionally incorporates culturally responsible practices, and
    • employs strategies to personalize learning for students.


    Curriculum Alignment and Professional Development

    Once the new framework was developed, Instructional Services focused on providing high-quality curriculum and professional development for teachers and administrators. 

    • New reading and mathematics print and/or digital textbooks were purchased for K-12 students.
    • All district-created curriculum was redesigned to align to both the state standards and the key components of the new Teaching and Learning Framework. 

    Successfully securing a district-wide textbook adoption was a huge accomplishment, as it had been over a decade since new reading and mathematics textbooks were purchased for students in WS/FCS.  Instructional Services thanks Project Impact for providing $1.7 million to fund K-3 textbook resources that directly aligns with the goal of increasing the reading proficiency of K-3 students.

    Since the summer of 2020, over 300 professional development sessions have beenprovided to help teachers and administrators learn how to:

    • effectively utilize the new textbook resources and redeveloped district curriculum,
    • use digital resources such as Canvas, Discovery Education, iReady, Teams, and Zoom, and
    • use instructional strategies to support concurrent teaching of both students who are face-to-face and those who are learning remotely. 

    With funds from the Winston-Salem Foundation Peer Project Grant, Instructional Services also offered professional development to teacher assistants ensuring they had the knowledge and skills to support classroom teachers and students with remote learning instruction.


    Use of Important Data

    Throughout the year, Instructional Services utilized assessment data and feedback from teachers and administrators to refine instructional practices and resources.  Going forward, Instructional Services will use available data to continue to refine instructional strategies and resources as well as to monitor progress toward meeting the academic goals outlined in the WS/FCS Strategic Plan.