• Hello Braves families and friends,

    The 2022-23 school year is Year One of our Five-Year Plan, which includes the following focus areas that are detailed below: Equity, Social-Emotional Learning, Universal Design for Learning, and Professional Learning Communities. 

    Equity –Our Equity Policy gives us the means and direction for providing support to each and every one of our students. We are in the process of creating a team that will help build the Equity Procedure (the specific tasks and activities that we undertake as a district to uncover and address inequities) that supports our Equity Policy. The Equity Policy is the foundation for everything we do as a district in support of each and every student, their access to, intentional support of, and removal of barriers to learning and growth as human beings, including interventions and enrichment. 

    Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) create structures to support students at increasing levels as their needs increase. There are three tiers of support in each area, including attendance, social/emotional well-being, and academics. The first tier of MTSS includes the universal support that every student receives. The next tier, Tier 2, thinks 15% - 18% of the population supports increasing needs. And finally, Tier 3, think 3% - 5%, addresses really intense needs. As part of this work, we have adopted a new K-8 SEL curriculum, Caring School Community, that promotes intentional conversation around social and emotional learning. We are also engaging in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) which creates a tiered system that helps students create a framework of expected behaviors and accountability for unexpected behaviors. 

    Universal Design for Learning – Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people with three principal areas:

    1) Engagement,
    2) Representation, and
    3) Action and Expression.

    Our UDL implementation plan is designed to address inequities we see in trend data. As we continue unpacking the standards, we are setting essential standards that every student will know and be able to do as they progress through the grades in our district. 

    Professional Learning Communities - Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) create structures and provide tools that allow teachers to collaborate professionally in support of each and every student in our district. Through PLCs, teacher teams can spend time really digging to get to the root of individual learning needs and support. PLC structures guide teachers to look at data from common assessments that are aligned with essential standards to see where additional learning and reteaching need to take place in order to develop the connections to prior learning and to increase academic growth. 

    In kindness,

    Will Nelson

    Superintendent Will Nelson



Last Modified on March 30, 2023