Goal

Providing efficient mechanisms facilitating the collection and storing of student progress by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Objectives (SMART format)
  1. Standardize tracking student progress using the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards by October 5, 2018 in the areas of Approaches to Learning, Language and Literacy, Physical Development, Mathematical Thinking, and Social Emotional Development.
  2. Centralize student progress by using organizational designated software by August 15, 2018.
  3. Simplify tracking student progress using rubrics created by the Pre-K Report Card Committee based on the top 10 most important skills from Approaches to Learning, Language and Literacy, Physical Development, Mathematical Thinking, and Social Emotional Development domains in the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards by May 31, 2019.
Curriculum

Houghton Mifflin’s Big Day for PreK, the current curriculum used in our Pre-k classrooms, iscorrelated to the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards for Four‐Year‐Olds (2011). These standards will serve as the foundation for data collection and assessments to determine student progress throughout the Pre-k Program.

Each whole-group, circle time, and story time lesson provides an integrated learning opportunity and introduces children to new vocabulary, concepts, and skills. Big Day for PreK provides intentional instruction in all learning domains: Social-Emotional Development, Oral Language and Vocabulary, Emergent Reading, Emergent Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Physical Development, and Technology. Big Day for PreK also includes innovative Web-based technology to strengthen the home–school connection and provide teachers and families with online access to resources and literacy-building activities.

Professional Development     

The professional development training for the new data collection system will be administered in a blended learning environment – a combination of face-to-face meetings and online resources and training. Best practices used in the classroom will be shared through collaboration amongst other educators and leaders using Canvas.

  • The teachers will be introduced to the new data collection system during the beginning of the year kick-off meeting August 2018.
  • A video and all necessary step-by-step directions will be uploaded to Canvas for teachers to view and refer to as needed.
  • A face-to-face professional development training will comprise of presenting the new data collection system providing the teachers with a single, efficient instrument facilitating the collection, analysis, and storing of student data.
  • Networking will be outsourced through a third-party selected by Volusia County School District.
  • All teachers will have a laptop provided by the district. Technical support takes place in-house from a member of the Digital Learning and Assessment Team.
  • Eduphoria’s Aware an enhanced system for simplifying test construction, administering assessments, and analyzing student progress will be used to centralize the data collection.
The Pre-K Report Card Committee does not have a specified budget within which to carry out this work. The plan will have to be implemented within the technology supported learning environment that already exists. If new materials or technology is deemed necessary; purchases will need to be approved first from the department coordinator, then by higher up administration.
Effective Collaborative Strategies with Adult Literacy Providers to Maximize the Use of Technology

We will continue to implement and support a digital tools system that assists district instructional personnel and staff in the management, assessment and monitoring of student learning and performance.  

A key component to digital tools is the implementation and integration of a digital tool system that assists district instructional personnel and staff in the management, assessment and monitoring of student learning and performance.

Effective, Research-Based Methods and Strategies

The Florida Early Learning and Development Standards for Four‐Year‐Olds (2011) was developed under the sponsorship of the Florida Department of Education Office of Early Learning and the Agency for Workforce Innovation Office of Early Learning for dissemination throughout the state as adopted by the Florida State Board of Education, consistent with the requirements of Section 1002.67, Florida Statutes.