Strategies
  • AACPS schools and offices will be the locations where this Strategic Plan comes to life. To achieve success over the next five years, leaders and their teams across the district will need to select strategies that best leverage our resources – people, time, and materials and equipment.

    Below are all indicators with associated high-level strategy action steps that will support us in elevating all students and eliminating all gaps. Open each one to view strategies that address each indicator.  Each strategy has been carefully considered to ensure they correlate to our DRIVING VALUES.  
  • We will provide schools and offices a Strategic Plan Toolkit organized to guide them to understand, embrace, and work within the framework of this Strategic Plan. The Toolkit will include a research-based, best-practice list of strategies aligned by value and indicator. Guidance will be offered to school leaders and office supervisors on how to strategically select strategies that leverage your employee strengths so that positive growth can be realized.

     

Indicators & Strategies

  • 1. Increase the percentage of students, families, staff, and partners who report feeling like a valuable member of the school or school system community

    1. Design a Customer Service Staff PD implementation plan and Implementation timeline for one or more years.

    2. Establish and Implement a comprehensive communication & visual plan with associated yearlong timeline for a “You are welcome here!” theme throughout your building/classrooms/office/ & in outreach documents that go to your community.

    3. Host ongoing discussions focused on “Who are we?” (as a school or office) and “What image & message do we want to send to our community about who we are and what we do?” with staff, students, and community stakeholders throughout the year.

  • 2. Increase the percentage of students who report that AACPS staff care for and support them

    1. Plan and implement a Be Nice 2.0 Campaign, Kindness Matters set of assemblies/events, or a Relationship Building Initiative in your building/office; an initiative where everyone participates.
    2. Engage in the "Happiness Advantage" professional development and implementation and ongoing maintenance Orange Frog rallies.

    • 3. Increase the use of restorative practices in schools and offices

      1. Engage in "Community Circles" professional development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance teacher professional development throughout the year.

      2. Engage in “Restorative Questioning” training, implementation, and ongoing maintenance teacher and/or administrator professional development throughout the year.

      3. Engage in using Mursion (simulation software) through the Office of Professional Growth & Development to improve restorative practice approaches by school administrators.

    • 4. Increase the number of stories staff and students are able to share about one another’s life experiences

      1. Implement  “The Power of Story - Collecting and Sharing Stories” staff professional development (online); gather and share staff stories among colleagues throughout the year.

      2. Engage the student body to tell their individual and integrated school stories throughout the year.

      3. Engage the school community – students, staff, families, and partners – to tell their individual personal and integrated community stories throughout the year.

      4. Leverage the power of Arts Integrated learning to empower targeted stakeholders to share their personal and collaborative stories though the many art forms throughout the year (for schools who are designated as AI schools and offices trained in Arts Integration).

    • 5. Increase the percentage of students who read on or above grade level by the end of second grade

      1. Offer reading professional development to non-certificated school staff.  Engage these staff members in regular opportunities to read with young students and share their love for reading routinely throughout the year.

      2. Implement a Student Reading Support Program:Employee (EVP), Parent (PVP), and/or Stakeholder (SVP) Volunteer Program with regular opportunities to read with young students and share their love for reading routinely throughout the year.

      3. Create an after school literacy camp (6-9 weeks in length) with a STREAM (Science-Tech-Reading-Engineering-Arts-Math) focus for identified students.

      4. Develop and implement the use of Enhanced Literacy Centers for targeted elementary students throughout the year.

    • 6. Increase the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who meet or exceed expectations on standardized reading, language arts, and mathematics assessments

      1. Implement a Student Learning Support Program:Employee (EVP), Parent (PVP), and/or Stakeholder (SVP) Volunteer Program with regular opportunities to read or do mathematics with young students and share their love for reading and/or math routinely throughout the year.

      2. Create an after school literacy camp (6-9 weeks in length) with a STREAM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Reading-Arts-Math) focus for identified students.

      3. Develop and implement the use of Enhanced Literacy Centers for identified students throughout the year.

      4. Implement arts integrated (AI) teaching in the teaching of Language Arts or Mathematics (for schools who are designated as AI schools).

    • 7. Increase the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who meet or exceed expectations on standardized English and mathematics assessments

      1. Implement a Student Learning Support Program:Employee (EVP), Parent (PVP), and/or Stakeholder (SVP) Volunteer Program with regular opportunities to read or do mathematics with students and share their love for reading and/or math routinely throughout the year.

      2. Develop and implement the use of engaging Learning Centers for targeted high school students throughout the year.

      3. Create a literacy camp (6-9 weeks in length) with a STREAM (Science-Tech-Reading-Engineering-Arts-Math) focus for identified students after school, during advisory or lunch periods.

      4. Implement arts integrated (AI) teaching in the teaching of Language Arts or Mathematics (for schools who are designated as AI schools).

      5. Target and support High School students to enroll in AACC courses linked to Signature Programs.

    • 8. Increase the percentage of diploma-bound high school seniors who score a 3 or better on an AP examination, 4 or better on an IB examination, or earn a Maryland industry certification

      1. Develop and implement the use of engaging Learning Centers for targeted high school students throughout the year.

      2. Enroll in and implement the integrated ASP-C&I Professional Development package designed to increase teacher capacity to support student growth in the AP/IB course and on the associated exams.

      3. Target AP/IB students to enroll and engage in a 3-4 month self-paced study program to utilize course study guides and podcasts, practice reflecting and writing skills, and practice peer scoring of work that aligns with actual AP/IB exams.

    • 9. Increase the percentage of 9th graders who matriculate to 10th grade status after one year

      1. Identify, adopt, and implement a set of 9th grade teacher shared values, common student expectations, and shared learning tools to ease the students’ transition to high school.  

      2. Implement a regular and frequent family communication plan to facilitate positive communications and to strengthen student support.

      3. Provide monthly professional conversation time for targeted teachers to learn about and discuss the adolescent brain, barriers to academic and social success, strategies for engaging teens, etc.  Support teacher use of knowledge and strategies in their classrooms.

      4. Celebrate/highlight student growth and accomplishment with students and ninth grade teachers.           

      5. Adapt and offer the Community Citizenship course to integrate with your individual high school’s Signature theme and offer it to all 9th graders.

    • 10. Increase the percentage of students attending school on a daily basis

      1. Engage students in a check-in program with a targeted positive staff member to establish positive relationships with students, thus encouraging them to attend school regularly.

      2. Design a school and family incentive program to celebrate improved attendance on a weekly and monthly basis for identified students.

      3. Highlight perfect and improved attendance along with Honor Roll in school publications, newsletters, yard signs, assemblies, and Connect-Ed messages.

      4. Target and support High School students to enroll in AACC courses linked to Signature Programs or student-centered interests/passions.

    • 11. Increase instructional opportunities to explore multiple cultural and ethnic perspectives

      1. Display posters of diverse artists, authors, scientists, mathematicians, musicians, inventors, and innovators in classrooms, hallways, and offices so that students and teachers see themselves in the topics of study.

      2. Invite and Engage targeted staff in AACPS “Relationships A to Z” microcredential.

      3. Offer teachers and stakeholders regularly scheduled workshop opportunities throughout the year to work together to increase cultural and ethnic perspectives in targeted units of study across the disciplines/grade levels.

      4. Participate in a diverse Adult Speaker Series related to curriculum topics, relationships, social-emotional learning, and/or student 
        engagement; with the goal of growing cultural awareness and responsiveness.  Examples of series include those offered by: Local university colloquium series, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Library of Congress, Peabody Institute, Art Gallery talks, etc.  

      5. Offer diverse guest speaker experiences to students routinely in classes of identified targeted teachers.

      6. Adapt the Community Citizenship course to integrate with your individual high school’s Signature theme (teacher growth).  Offer your newly adapted Community Citizenship course to ninth graders (student growth).

      7. Modify the Community Citizenship course for Elementary and Middle School students.  

    • 12. Increase the diversity within and across all workforce units in Anne Arundel County Public Schools System

      1. Establish and implement a robust diverse recruitment, hiring, and nurturing (sustaining) plan for your school or office in collaboration with AACPS Human Resources Department.

      2. Develop and implement a plan to invite and engage relevant diverse career professionals routinely into faculty meetings and targeted classroom learning settings throughout the academic year.

      3. Engage targeted staff to participate in local and regional presentations or talks, theater performances, discussions, or speaker events focused on issues of race and/or culture, sponsored by organizations outside AACPS.  Examples of such opportunities include those sponsored and offered by: Local/Regional Universities, National African American Museum of History and Culture, Library of Congress, Peabody Institute,  Art Gallery talks, Chesapeake Arts Center, Maryland Hall, etc.

    • 13. Increase the percentage of students completing career-based professional Internships

      1. Develop and implement a suite of quarterly career-related activities/events through your high school's Signature Program, including such options as:

      - career professional day with local stakeholders

      - mock job interviews with local career professionals

      - small group job shadows

      - career professional mentor lunches

      - virtual visits with career professionals 

      1. Promote and advertise local Career, College and Skilled Trades Fairs via Naviance email notifications to high school students and their families.  Engage targeted faculty and students to collaboratively plan for, register, and attend fairs prior to applying for an AACPS career internship.

    • 14. Increase the percentage of students (total and unique) involved annually in clubs, organizations, competitions, or other co-curricular offerings.

      1. Identify targeted students and design a plan to Identify, invite, enroll, and monitor them in existing AACPS clubs and co-curricular offerings connected to their interests and passions.

      2. Create new high-interest book clubs, art clubs, dance teams, STEAM clubs, crafts groups, academic competition teams, etc. based on faculty or community stakeholder passion/interest/experience to engage students during lunch or advisory periods or on-line (not before or after school).  Identify, invite, enroll, and monitor targeted students in these offerings.

      3. Routinely promote, invite, and support targeted students to engage in community-based co-curricular offerings.

      4. Identify, invite, enroll, and monitor targeted students to take advantage of math learning circles and computer science competitions locally, regionally, and nationally.

    • 15. Increase the number of comprehensive classrooms which are enrolled at or below AACPS recommended student to teacher ratios.

      1. The Office of School Performance (OSP) and the Instructional Data Division (IDD) will collaboratively work to reduce the number of comprehensive classrooms with high student numbers through active involvement in the middle and high school scheduling process.

      2. The Offices of OSP and IDD will collaboratively work to reduce the number of comprehensive classrooms with high student numbers through the budgeting process (request for teachers to lower teacher: student ratio).

    • 16. Increase number of community-based opportunities for service learning for all students and families.

      1. Work with community organizations to conduct a needs survey and then develop a plan and timeline to regularly offer and engage faculty, students, and families in routine community-based service learning opportunities (small and large) throughout the school year.

      2. Organize and implement a school-based Partners in Service Organization with families and community members who link their development work to curriculum topics and learning themes at various grade levels or in various discipline areas.

      3. Develop, plan, and implement a staff (high school only) sponsorship of service learning projects offered through the AACPS Service Learning Portal (SLP), which will be utilized through all Signature Programs for service learning hours beyond the 75 hour graduation requirement.

    • 17. External organizations will validate AACPS’ effective business practices and fiscal prudence.

      1. AACPS will adhere to the financial reporting best practices guidelines as established by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada as well as the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).  Evidence of success will be demonstrated by applying for and receiving the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

      2. AACPS will adhere to the procurement and purchasing best practices guidelines as established by the National Procurement Institute as it relates to professionalism, productivity, innovation, e-procurement, and leadership.  Evidence of success will be demonstrated by applying for and receiving the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.

      3. AACPS will commit to and demonstrate sound environmental stewardship, actions, and awareness.  Evidence of success will be demonstrated by having the majority of AACPS school facilities apply for and receive the Maryland Green School sustainability status as certified by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOA).