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We will establish curriculum standards and teaching guides which are student-centered for each grade level and course that is taught.
* We will develop, promote, and support an interdisciplinary curriculum, preK-12, to include integration of the arts, connections among academic disciplines, and academic-vocational integration.
* We will establish enhanced promotion and graduation standards and assessments to reflect college, world-of-work, and entrepreneurial expectations.
* We will involve all students and staff in the development, implementation, and monitoring of continuous improvement plans.
We will develop a School-to-Work program, K-14, that involves the Kansas City, Kansas, community.
We will encourage and facilitate the involvement of every high school student in extra- and/or co-curricular activities.
* We will provide effective technology that supports teaching and learning.
We will provide adequate resource materials and supplies for all teachers and students.
We will ensure equitable access to programs, resources, and desired outcomes.
We will provide to all students instruction in the use of productivity software.
* We will develop individual improvement plans and appropriate intervention for all students not meeting all grade-level expectations.
* We will create, implement, and coordinate appropriate prevention and intervention programs to meet the needs of all students.
* We will collaborate with parents and community programs to develop Early Childhood curriculum, ages 3-8, which infuses the arts as a key teaching tool and that is child focused and developmentally appropriate, according to guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
We will eliminate pairing and clustering of elementary schools and return to a neighborhood (community) school concept at the elementary level.
We will continuously review the feasibility of returning to a neighborhood (community) school concept at the secondary level.
District and School Culture
* We will provide a safe, caring, and orderly environment conducive to learning.
* We will create and implement appropriate alternative programs for students suspended or expelled from school.
We will provide up-to-date technology, training, and support for management, communication, and management of teaching/learning applications.
We will create a community of learners among all District staff with a focus on effective strategies (such as communication, problem solving, and creative thinking across the curriculum) to motivate and ensure the success of all students.
We will develop, recruit, and employ more minority staff at all levels.
Parent and Community Involvement
* We will develop at least one active business/community partnership in each school.
We will work together to foster educational outreach programs.
We will ensure that all Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools exhibit a welcoming environment.
We will promote programs that foster parent involvement.
* We will encourage students to be involved in the community.
* We will implement results-driven evaluations of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' personnel, programs, services, and students and provide these to the staff, Board of Education, parents, students, and the community in an understandable and useful form.
* We will provide reliable, relevant, accurate, and accessible information to the Board of Education, staff, School Site Councils, parents, and students for use in decision-making.
We will provide the information resources to assist in the implementation of the requirements of Kansas Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA) at the District and school levels.
We will provide quarterly reports to the Board of Education and annual reports to the Board of Education and the community on the progress of its District Improvement Plan.
The red asterisks (*) indicate the District Improvement Planning Committee's recommended top priorities for implementation.
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