Instructional Support

Instructional Support Learning Objective 1

Provide a framework of professional learning designed by stakeholders to achieve organizational excellence.

Results: 2017-18

  • Created goals to guide future certified professional development.
  • Hired a high school mentor to provide support to new secondary teachers beginning in 2018-2019.
  • Created a professional development framework for ESP staff to be implemented in 2018-2019.
  • Ensured strong stakeholder participation in the creation of the ELA GVC for K-6.
  • Ensured site COMPASS plans included specific strategies related to GVC and assessments.
  • Added an Principal Internship Reflection opportunity for provide more feedback for Administrative Internship and Management (AIM) participants.

Results: 2016-17

  • Redefined the North Valley Arts Academies Advisory Board.
  • Horizon High School named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.
  • Secondary schools engaged in additional Shared Decision Making training.
  • Redesigned the Administrative Internship and Management (AIM) Program.
  • Redesigned the new principal training program.
  • Created assistant principal/teacher on assignment training program.
  • Hosted first Math Professional Development Day, which included district-wide articulation.
  • Vista Verde Middle School named AVID National Demonstration School.
  • SchoolCity Champions were identified at each campus. In-person training sessions were held for Champions three times first semester. Eleven in-person training sessions were held for teachers-at large.  
  • Curriculum Specialist for Math and Professional Development Specialists were available throughout the year to visit schools and to meet with teachers on a voluntary basis for individualized support of the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.
  • Intel Math Grant professional development moved the practice of teaching Mathematics forward in our district.
  • New and innovative opportunities to access professional development, with synchronous and asynchronous formats provided through use of technology.

Instructional Support Learning Objective 2

Develop various pathways and procedures to enable each student to have access to authentic, real-world learning experiences across the curriculum and grade span.

Results: 2017-18

  • Provided students and teachers in Title-1 schools opportunities to work with visiting artists to ensure they have rich Fine Arts experiences as in all PV schools.
  • Expanded North Valley Arts Academies course offerings.
  • Expanded Summit Personalized Learning to Campo Bello beginning 2018-2019.
  • Implemented the Seal of Biliteracy to recognize biliterate students.
  • Expanded the Computer Science strand at CREST.

Results: 2016-17

  • Developed the middle school Spanish immersion program.
  • Created Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School (K-8).
  • Expanded North Valley Arts Academies course offerings.
  • Expanded the computer science strand of CREST.
  • Increased number of Community Education before/after school opportunities for families.
  • Implemented a Recycle Paradise pilot program at three schools.
  • Increased STEM/STEAM programming at K-8 schools.
  • PV Women and Information Technology (PVWIT) high school student trip to Stanford and CISCO.
  • Real Life Stories - PV WIT evening presentation by female leaders in the field of technology.
  • Executive Women’s Forum with female leaders in the technology field presenting.
  • Summit Basecamp Personalized Learning program implemented at two sites, providing real world learning projects and extensive professional development for principals and teachers. Expanding to five sites in 2017.

Instructional Support Learning Objective 3

Provide a rigorous Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) through focused professional development, effective differentiated instruction and strategic assessments.

Results: 2017-18

  • Implemented new K-6 ELA primary curriculum resource, Wonders, to align with Arizona standards.
  • Developed a process and common documents to support creation of future GVC.
  • Began developing K-6 ELA GVC.
  • Revised district summative assessments based on standards alignment.
  • Implement Revision Assistant as part of ELA 9-12 writing support and assessment.

Results: 2016-17

  • Developed the 7-12 English Language Arts GVC.
  • Implemented K-12 Math GVC.
  • Implemented the 7-12 English Language Arts adopted curriculum.
  • Developed and began implementing the grades 4-10 Human Growth and Development curriculum.
  • Adopted a K-6 English Language Arts curriculum.
  • Adopted a K-12 World Language curriculum.
  • Implemented a 3rd-6th grade keyboarding program.
  • Administered district-wide District Standards Assessments (DSAs).
  • As of May, 445,912 student assessments were administered through SchoolCity.
  • Sixty-five administrators received nearly 450 hours of training relative to leading GVC implementation.
  • Elementary principals participated in small group professional development related to pacing and intervention to ensure rigor and fidelity of implementation of GVC, successful implementation of the inclusion model and technology integration.
  • Secondary Math leaders collaborated to create a different approach to the Intermediate Algebra 1-2 curriculum.

Instructional Support Equity Objective 1

Develop relationships that support and foster social, emotional, and academic needs to ensure individual student success.

Results: 2017-18

  • Developed PBIS District steering committee to provide consistency in programming and streamline resources.
  • 15 schools participated in Love our Schools Day this year, including two high schools, one middle school, and twelve elementary schools.
  • Everybody Matters expanded to twenty schools this year, including middle and high schools. Over 500 students received support from 15 social worker interns, totaling over 4,000 hours of support.
  • Provide professional development to staff in the area of Adverse Childhood Experiences in order to develop effective strategies to support students in need.
  • Hosted 3rd annual Middle School Equity Conference.
  • Developed and Implemented the Cape Girl League (CGL) in partnership with Kiwanis of Desert Ridge.

Results: 2016-17

  • Administered parent and student equity survey.
  • Hosted middle school equity conference.
  • Held a sixth grade equity conference.
  • Continued to implement No Place for Hate at several sites.
  • All middle schools have implemented a transition program for 7th graders.
  • Several schools have created an equity task force.
  • Expand Positive Behavior Intervention Supports at sites.
  • Be Kind program expansion at elementary sites.
  • No Place for Hate secondary program expansion.

Instructional Support Equity Objective 2

Create procedures to eliminate barriers so that all students can participate and experience success in high quality curricular and extracurricular programs.

Results: 2017-18 

  • PV Schools Education Foundation supported all 10th grade students in taking the PSAT.
  • Continuation of the PV Schools Education Foundation grant program, allowing Title I schools to enhance their learning outside the school day and expanding the program to Vista Verde Middle School and North Canyon High School.
  • PV Schools Foundation provided additional funding to support after school programming to Title I schools without 21st Century grant funding.
  • The High School Athletic Advisory created a list of barriers preventing schools from providing equitable experiences for all student-athletes.

Results: 2016-17

  • PV Schools Education Foundation created a grant program to allow Title I schools to enhance their learning outside the school day.
  • Every school created an equity plan to address inequities among students.
  • Provided initial training to develop Restorative Practices within schools.
  • Love our Schools, in collaboration with principals and Community Education, began its work to bring together the community to support schools in need.
  • Everybody Matters provided social and emotional support to students and families in need.
  • Developed protocols and procedures to eliminate barriers and provide an inclusive environment for transgender students and their families.
  • Created anti-hazing and bullying video for high school extracurricular programs.
  • CREST targeted underrepresented students in the application process.

Instructional Support Equity Objective 3

To develop cultural competence within PVSchools that results in equity for students.

Results: 2017-18

  • Hosted the 3rd annual Administrative Equity Summit.
  • Embedded new criteria for cultural competency in evaluating and selecting curriculum resources.
  • Provided professional development workshop on cultural competence.
  • Facilitated first Equity Conference in partnership with ASCD.
  • “Building Equity - Policies and Practices to Empower all Learners” collaborative book study took place during principal meetings. Small groups presentations included training and activities that principals could duplicate and take back to their buildings.
  • Middle Schools and High Schools used the resource Better than Carrots or Sticks to guide their implementation of restorative practice.
  • All high schools have created a team charged with addressing inequities.

Results: 2016-17

  • Hosted the 3rd annual Administrative Equity Summit.
  • Embedded new criteria for cultural competency in evaluating and selecting curriculum resources.
  • Provided professional development workshop on cultural competence.
  • Facilitated first Equity Conference in partnership with ASCD.
  • “Building Equity - Policies and Practices to Empower all Learners” collaborative book study took place during principal meetings. Small groups presentations included training and activities that principals could duplicate and take back to their buildings.
  • Middle Schools and High Schools used the resource Better than Carrots or Sticksto guide their implementation of restorative practice.
  • All high schools have created a team charged with addressing inequities.
  • Hosted the annual Administrator Equity Summit.
  • Instructional support directors used an equity lens to examine their current practice and innovations have occurred in multiple departments.
  • Schools continued dialogue surrounding equity and access.
  • Many schools either created a team responsible for implementing best practices in equity and access or added the responsibility to an existing team.

Human Resources

Human Resources Learning Objective 1

Develop robust hiring and retention processes that stimulate innovation in teaching and learning, resulting in improved student achievement.

Results: 2017-18

  • Updated our Comprehensive Recruiting Plan
  • Provided early postings and Letters of Intent (i.e. RR)
  • Expanded digital advertising through Handshake, and social media initiatives
  • Revised rates of pay for ESP positions (i.e. Title, CABS, RR)
  • Added $500 hard to staff addendums for GMS, Pal-P, and Pal-I
  • Expanded hard to fill addenda to include all in the same category (i.e. resource)
  • Implemented a Equity training module for all employees

Results: 2016-17

  • Developed a comprehensive Recruiting Plan.
  • Trained recruiting team to target colleges, universities and career services.
  • Targeted colleges and universities’ recruiting fairs for Special Education, Science and Math positions.
  • Targeted colleges and universities’ recruiting fairs that offer candidates as diverse as our school communities.
  • Created addendums for sections of hard-to-fill needs.
  • Created addendums for working at hard-to-fill schools.
  • Created and administered a principal survey to assess hiring success.
  • Created and administered a principal survey to assess recruitment and retention strategies.

Human Resources Learning Objective 2

Create pipelines to identify appropriate talent pools each year that will meet the diverse needs of each school community.

Results: 2017-18

  • Provided early postings and Letters of Intent (i.e. RR)
  • Expanded digital advertising through Handshake, and social media initiatives
  • Added $500 hard to staff addendums for GMS, Pal-P, and Pal-I
  • Expanded hard to fill addenda to include all in the same category (i.e. resource)
  • Provided more salary credit for experience beyond six years in hard to fill areas

Results: 2016-17

  • Developed strategies to address the specific retention of Special Education, Science and Math teachers.
  • Revised hard-To-fill addenda for targeted high need schools, Physics and upper level Math positions.
  • Created addendums for working at hard-to-fill schools/department.
  • Administered principal survey to assess recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Developed an Equity Allocation line to differentiate staffing at hard-to-fill schools.
  • Developed a strategy to increase the number of master teachers.
  • Created language regarding exceptions to initial placement on salary schedule.

Human Resources Equity Objective 1

Attract and retain the highest quality teachers for all schools with an emphasis on increasing the number of candidates who meet the description of master teacher for schools who currently struggle with keeping master teachers.

Results: 2017-18

  • Provided early postings and Letters of Intent (i.e. RR)
  • Expanded digital advertising through Handshake, and social media initiatives
  • Added $500 hard to staff addendums for GMS, Pal-P, and Pal-I
  • Expanded hard to fill addenda to include all in the same category (i.e. resource)
  • Provided more salary credit for experience beyond six years in hard to fill areas.

Results: 2016-17

  • Created addendums for sections of hard-to-fill needs and ESP positions.
  • Explored addendums for working at hard-To-Fill schools.
  • Explored Hard-To-Staff concept for Palomino-Primary/Intermediate teachers.
  • Revised hard-to-fill addenda for targeted high need schools, Physics and upper level Math positions.
  • Developed an Equity Allocation line to differentiate staffing at hard-to-fill schools

Human Resources Equity Objective 2

Recruit a staff that increasingly reflects the student diversity of the district.

Results: 2017-18

  • Provided early postings and Letters of Intent (i.e. RR)
  • Expanded digital advertising through Handshake, and social media initiatives
  • Targeted colleges and universities’ recruiting fairs for Special Education, Science and Math positions.
  • Targeted colleges and universities’ recruiting fairs that offer candidates as diverse as our school communities.

Results: 2016-17

  • Trained recruiting team to target colleges, universities, and career services offices.
  • Targeted colleges and universities’ recruiting fairs for Special Education, Science and Math positions.
  • Targeted colleges and universities’ recruiting fairs that offer candidates as diverse as our school communities.

Business Operations

Business Operations Learning Objective 1

Create formalized best practices in the areas of Business Operations to allow schools to focus on learning opportunities.

Results: 2017-18

  • Expanded resources available to schools on the Business Operations intranet website including detailed contact information, FAQs, and the being phases of developing topically-based best practice documentation.
  • Provided a series of co-ordinated trainings provided by the Finance, Purchasing and Payroll Offices that were focused on specific topics.
  • Continued meeting with the Work Order Task Force to review effectiveness of suggested process changes as well as developing user-friendly guidance to the software and process.

Results: 2016-17

  • Offered new, different and more frequent training opportunities.
  • Increased the reach of training beyond administrative assistants and bookstore managers, to include media technicians, clerks, custodians, nurses, health aides and teachers.
  • Initial development of a Business Operations centralized intranet website for district staff to have a single location to go to to find forms, procedures and best practices recommendation for all areas of operations.
  • Worked with a Transportation Task Force to focus on improving services and communication for Special Education and summer programs.
  • Facilitated a Work Order Task Force to provide guidance on standards for maximizing the use of the work order process.

Business Operations Learning Objective 2

Create standards for excellent, safe, and secure learning environments for all students.

Results: 2017-18

  • Created detail guidance based on the process improvements of the Work Order Task Force to assist schools in maintaining school facilities.
  • Participated in the Capital Facilities Planning Committee which identified projects to increase efficiencies and ensure equitable facilities for students.

Results: 2016-17

  • Provided safe, clean, efficiently running facilities with environmental and energy sound upgrades.
  • Installed a new Energy Management System at Paradise Valley HS and Indian Bend ES.
  • Installed a new Plant Control System at North Canyon High School.
  • Working with the district work order system to fully utilize its potential in servicing and maintaining facilities.
  • Coordinated training with the Special Education Department to improve transportation services for Special Education students.

Business Operations Equity Objective

Provide information to decision makers to allow for the equitable distribution of district resources.

Results: 2017-18

  • Expanded the Breakfast in the Classroom program to ensure students are provided adequate nutrition during the school day.
  • Implemented meal policies that focused on providing all students a full meal without creating an environment where students are treated differently for not being able to pay for the meal.
  • Participated in the Capital Facilities Planning Committee which identified areas for improvement to ensure equitable facilities for students.
  • Expanded equity training to Business Operations staff.

Results: 2016-17

  • Developed training flier for department employees working with transgender students.
  • Created a common understanding and awareness of equity issues.
  • Provided professional development to staff about cultural competency.
  • Expanded the Backpack Program to middle and high schools.
  • Participated in the Nurse Supply Outreach, which provided crackers and juice to nurses and is available to all schools.
  • Provided essential nutritional support to the Title I schools for after school activities.
  • Developed online training module to educate employees and public on the USDA Civil Rights policies as it related to food service programs.