2019-2020 School Improvement Plan 2019-2020

Every school in Minneapolis Public Schools is required to develop, implement, and monitor a school improvement plan (SIP). The following plan sets the goals that our school community is working to achieve and identifies the specific strategies or activities that will help us reach those goals together. If you have questions or comments about our improvement plan, please reach out using our main telephone number listed below.

PYC Arts and Technology HS: 2020-21 School Improvement Plan

Every school in Minneapolis Public Schools is required to develop, implement, and monitor a school improvement plan (SIP). The following plan sets the goals that our school community is working to achieve and identifies the specific strategies or activities that will help us reach those goals together. If you have questions or comments about our improvement plan, please reach out using our main telephone number listed below.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

School Name: PYC Arts and Technology HS
School Number: 357
Grades Served: 9th Grade – 12th Grade
Principal: David Tarleton
Phone: (612)643-2000
Fax: (612) 643-2079
Street Address: 2210 Oliver Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

School staff involved in SIP planning or progress monitoring:
Sara Fugarino, Assoc Director
Nate Christen, Teacher
Chris Moen, Teacher
Crystal Ruiz, College and Careers
Melissa Knofczynski, Social Worker

Other staff, families, or community members involved in SIP planning or progress monitoring:

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GOALS

Together, our school is working to achieve the following goals.

  • Graduation goal: By 2021, the Amount of Credit earned quarterly by students for All Students will increase by 10%
  • Attendance goal: By 2021, PCYC will be have an attendance rate of 75% This rate will be inclusive of the school year (Distance Learning, Hybrid and Face to Face)
  • College and Career Readiness goal: By 2021, PYC will increase the amount of credit earning in core academic courses by 10%.
  • Social-Emotional Learning goal: By 2021, the Suspension rate for All Students and Special Education students will be reduced by 10%.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES

To reach our school improvement goals, we will utilize the following evidence-based strategies.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Description: MTSS is a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention framework. Within MTSS, multiple levels of support are provided to support the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development of all students. Through it, all students are giving access to inclusive and equitable educational practices that minimize opportunity gaps.

We have selected this strategy for the following reasons: We have chosen to continue to focus on MTSS again this school year. We are refining our use of data to drive our decision making to ensure we are able to individualize support for students to accelerate student achievement.

Other Strategy: Provide formal credit recovery opportuinities for students

Description: Giving students access to completion of credit and/or courses which have been attempted but not reached competency in. Our credit recovery will be competency based where the cycle of ‘plan, do, study, act’ will be implemented until students achieve academic fluency in that subject area.

We have selected this strategy for the following reasons: At PYC nearly all of the students who come in our doors are more than a full year behind in their credits. Our credit recovery plan creates flexibility for students and gives them opportunities to build confidence around their academic career. The credit recovery process will allow students to close the gap while maintaining academic rigor.

Other Strategy: SPARK Wednesday

Description: On Wednesday mornings PYC students have the chance to choose learning opportunities that align with their interests and their credit needs. Opportunities include field trips, career focused events, activities, and events in the community. We will bring in experts from the community as well.

We have selected this strategy for the following reasons: n order to address issues around student engagement: attendance, credit earning, student retention, graduation rate, PYC has designed a program that gives students choices; that gives them voice in programming decisions including the option of designing and teaching classes themselves; and that, beyond classroom goals, allows our students to practice what it means to be well-rounded, respectful, responsible citizens. We believe that focusing on student empowerment by giving them voice and choice will positively affect both attendance, and academic performance.

Other Strategy: Project Based Learning

Description: Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching strategy for improving the relevance and quality of our teaching work, and shift how students understand the purpose of school and learning. For our purposes project based learning will be defined as including the following components:  a) Clear timeline b) Public outcome
c) transition from passive to active learners d) Developing skillsets  and e) Demonstrating knowledge

We have selected this strategy for the following reasons: PYC seeks to provide students with the skills that are necessary to succeed in today’s world – teamwork, critical thinking, communication, decision-making among others. Increased engagement in the classroom will result in greater credit earning and better attendance.

PROGRESS MONITORING

Throughout the year, teams of administrators, teacher leaders, and other staff will track how we’re doing with putting our school improvement strategies into place to improve student outcomes and achieve equity.

We will use best practices from implementation science to ensure we’re successfully completing each step of the installation and implementation process. As we work through this process with each of our strategies, we’ll set a goal for what successful implementation looks like, and we’ll make sure we’re giving staff the training, resources, and support they need to meet that goal. We’ll check in on a regular basis with whether we’re meeting those goals and will communicate out our progress to our staff and larger school community.

At the end of the year, we’ll complete an Annual Evaluation to reflect on how we did with implementing our school improvement strategies, which will include looking at student outcome data to see if we’re making progress toward achieving our school improvement goals.

If we determine that our school improvement strategies or improvement process is not helping us make progress toward our goals, we will work with our stakeholders to change course, because we are always striving to make sure that every student in our school is successful.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

Family and community members can contact our school’s main telephone number with any questions or comments about our improvement plan and progress. In addition, there are a number of ways that family members of any MPS student can be involved in school improvement, including: participating in Site Council, reaching out to a school’s principal or assistant principal(s) directly, and attending parent-teacher conferences. We look forward to working with you this year!