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Golf School District 67
Strategic Plan
2016-17 through 2019-2020
Dr. Beth Flores
Superintendent
Golf School District 67 School Board
Mr. Richard Toth, President
Ms. Nada Ardeleanu, Member
Dr. Guy Hollingsworth, Member
Mr. Jermaine Lindsay, Member
Ms. Samina Hussain, Secretary
Mr. Sam Barhoumeh, Member
Dr. Ashwini Kumar, Member
Thank you for participating in our strategic planning sessions
Board Members
Samina Hussain
Rich Toth
Nada Ardeleanu
Tom Sikoral
Ashwini Kumar
Sam Barhoumeh
Guy Hollingsworth
Administrators/ District
Beth Flores
Karen Chvojka
Carol Westley
Chris Hoffman
Rich Searl
Faisal Baig
Sara Molnar
Business Community Members
Casey Weaver
Katie Bertoglio-Harris
ELL Parent Center
Diana Juarez (ELL)
Residents
Shel Marcus
Lara Kuechel
Cathy Reichert
Caitlin Reichert
Village/ Park District/ Library
Leslie Marley
Parents/Family Members
Bob Clark
Becky Ebert
Nikki Crisan
Patty Puetz
Anna Kang
Paul Sucherman
Patrick Hoover
Teachers and Staff
Christie Caron
Kevin Atwood
Kristina Otte
Danielle Maldonado
Katharine Ponte
Whitney Fine
Bari Levin
Victoria Ng
Kimberly Stephens
Kristine Joyner
Kaitlyn Schlauder
Michelle Wisser
Noel Sucherman
Amy Feinstein
Aviva Sadkin
Facilitator
Cathy Berlinger-Gustafson
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Table of Contents
Letter from the Superintendent…. 4
Golf School District 67 Values and Believes…. 5
High quality teaching and learning - Implement a 21st Century Learning Environment that is active, rigorous, and
fosters student engagement. 6
Instruction, curriculum, and assessment - Improve instruction in STEM content areas (Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at all grade levels
English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies- Improve instructional practices, materials, and
assessment resources
Instructional technology - Integrate the use of technology in all instructional areas
Early childhood education - Implement full-day kindergarten
Provide a continuum of services in appropriate settings for every student
Financial Stewardship 15
Fund Balances - Establish a working financial system that meets the instructional, maintenance, and long-term
financial needs of the district.
Safe and Secure Learning Spaces to Support 21st Century Learners 16
Conduct Routine and Long-Range Maintenance and Improvements
Community and District Relations 17
Minority and ELL Parent and Family Involvement - Increase parent involvement and participation in
classrooms, schools, and in district activities among families that have not traditionally been active in our schools
Communications - Focus communication and marketing of the district’s programs, accomplishments, and needs
Business Partnerships - Cultivate and strengthen and increase business and community partnerships
Appendices 20
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To the Golf School District 67 Community:
Golf School District 67 has a long-standing reputation of excellence and prides itself on its diversity and small size. Approximately 650 students
attend two schools: Hynes Elementary (preK-4th grade) and Golf Middle School (5th-8th grade). Located in northern Cook County, students live
in the villages of Morton Grove and Niles. Our students move on to Niles North High School in District 219 where academics focus on college and
career preparation. Golf School District 67 and District 219 work collaboratively to align curriculum and services to serve our diverse student
body.
In order to continue improving the quality of education and services provided by the District, we must focus on clear goals and the strategies that
provide a path to reach them. This Strategic Plan will guide the direction of Golf School District 67 through the 2019-20 school year.
This plan is a synthesis of outcomes from planning and focus group meetings held throughout the spring of 2016. These meetings included
administrators, board members, community members, families, and teachers. Importantly, the plan reflects the direction of our Classrooms First
Collaboration with Niles Township High School District 219 and Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69.
The Plan has four goal areas:
High quality teaching and learning-Implement a 21
st
Century Learning Environment that is active, rigorous, and fosters student engagement.
Financial Stewardship
Safe and Secure Learning Spaces to Support 21st Century Learners
Community and District Relations
Within each goal, objectives, strategies, and time lines complete the plan. In addition, a management guide describes responsibilities, needed
resources, indicators of success, and data collection strategies. These components of the plan are flexible to meet unforeseen events.
The Plan addresses the major issues that will determine the direction of the district’s efforts over the coming years. In concept, the goals and
objectives represent a journey of growth for the district. The strategies reflect the means for focusing the energy and resources of the district.
Progress reports of the plan will be prepared on a regular basis. In addition, detailed reports will be shared about outcomes.
The transformation in instructional focus and practice will require significant effort and investment as teachers receive professional development
and learn how to implement what they have learned.
The Plan is optimistic and challenging. It builds on the foundations laid down over the past several years including the transition to the Common
Core State Standards, the Classrooms First Collaboration, significant upgrades to the district’s technology resources, changes in the math and
science curriculum, and the financial stability and streamlining that the district has achieved so far.
I look forward to this exciting journey as we work together to benefit our children, our future.
Sincerely,
Dr. Beth Flores, Superintendent
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Golf School District 67 Values and Believes….
In an inclusive environment, that promotes equality, values diversity and enhances learning
and a social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.
Passion and commitment inspire teaching and learning.
All students are capable of high-levels of academic and social success.
Education should reflect 21st Century learning.
Children thrive when family, school, and community work as partners.
We will allocate and pursue resources in equitable, transparent, and purposeful ways.
Students have the greatest opportunity to learn in a safe environment.
Our Vision/Mission…
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GOAL AREA
High quality teaching and learning - Implement a 21st Century Learning Environment that is active,
rigorous, and fosters student engagement.
OBJECTIVE
Instruction, curriculum, and assessment - Improve instruction in STEM content areas (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics) at all grade levels
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Implement the Eureka Mathematics program at all grades,
including professional development, resources, and practice.
2016-17
Teachers attend regional professional development
Materials and manipulatives purchased
Ongoing professional development (PD)
Bi-monthly P.D. for all grade levels
Additional training during institute days
2017-18
All teachers will use common assessments and collect
standards based data from Mastery Manager
Teachers will attend level 2 training during the summer
Review local data to direct district RTI mathematics
needs
2018-19
Modification of program with ongoing support for
teachers through institute days and team planning
meetings
Modify RTI supports to meet the needs of students
based on standards
201920
Full implementation
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Explore increasing the number of instructional minutes in
the core subjects
2016-17
6th - 80 minutes of core instruction in math
7th and 8th grade - 40 minutes of core instruction in
math
2017-18
Explore expanding math instruction to 65 minutes by
optimizing schedule. This would be done through RTI
and recess modifications.
All classes in grades 3-5 will teach science for a
minimum of 30 minutes, daily.
Grades k-2 will teach 30 minutes of science three days
per week and 30 minutes of social studies two days per
week.
Implement the multi-year STEM curricular goals determined
in partnership with CFC.
2016-17
4 STEM Modules will be incorporated by all k-5
teachers during the school year.
2016-17
Grades k-5 will become familiar with the NGSS
standards for their grade level and the shift to three-
dimensional teaching and learning e.g. practices, core
ideas, and crosscutting.
2016-17
Grades 6-8 Science teachers will teach to the agreed
upon curriculum map
Use Pearson and the Realize electronic platform as a
resource as appropriate
Incorporate Citizen Science, Vernier probes,
simulations, technology progressions, and Eureka
Statistics into their units.
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Pilot at least one team-developed module.
2017-18
A curriculum map aligned with NGSS will be in place for
grades K-5 for use
All teachers will use common assessments and collect
NGSS standards based data from Mastery Manager
2018-19
Modification of program with ongoing support through
institute days and team planning
Support core curriculum through STEM focused summer and
after school activities
2016 19
Assess student and teacher interest.
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GOAL AREA
High quality teaching and learning - Implement a 21st Century Learning Environment that is active,
rigorous and fosters student engagement.
OBJECTIVE
English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies- Improve instructional practices, materials, and assessment resources
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Provide professional development related to instructional
practice, resources, and opportunities for cross-curricular
instruction of concepts in ELA and Social Studies.
2016-17
Develop a leadership team and review the 2015 -
2016 literacy needs assessment. Develop teacher
leader capacity in ELA.
Continue professional development and refinement of
implementation of writer’s workshop K-5
2017-18
Develop and begin partial implementation of
curricular action plan to be developed in 2016-2017.
2018-19
Implementation in 2018 - 2019 with piloted common
assessments
2019-20
Use local assessments and NWEA MAP to differentiate
and support the needs of every learner.
STRATEGY
Update or replace material resources that ensure alignment to
the Illinois Learning Standards (CCSS) for ELA
2016-17
Following leadership team foundation and capacity
building in a review of curriculum materials and
supporting materials and professional development
will be recommended for adoption in conjunction
with CFC schools.
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STRATEGY
Enhance teacher professional development in Social Studies to
support literacy standards.
2016-17
Review social studies materials
2017-18
Professional development
2018-20
Purchase materials, revise curriculum and implement
changes
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GOAL AREA
High quality teaching and learning - Implement a 21st Century Learning Environment that is active,
rigorous and fosters student engagement.
OBJECTIVE
Instructional technology - Integrate the use of technology in all instructional areas
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Implement the CFC Instructional Technology Framework and
Progressions
1. Creativity
2. Communication
3. Research and information fluency
4. Problem solving
5. Digital citizenship
6. Technology operations and concepts
2016-17
Pilot technology progressions, STEM Leaders design
exemplar lessons for teachers. Tech progressions will
be reviewed before the 2017 - 18 school year. The
progression document will inform the professional
development needs for the district.
2017-20
Refining and extending use of technology in
instruction
Provide ongoing professional development for teachers in the
use of technology and digital resources to differentiate
learning experiences for students.
Annually
The progressions will inform needed professional
development that is offered as workshops throughout
the school year.
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GOAL AREA
High quality teaching and learning - Implement a 21st Century Learning Environment that is active,
rigorous and fosters student engagement.
OBJECTIVE
Early childhood education - Implement full-day kindergarten
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Conduct a district-wide feasibility study for full-day
kindergarten including:
Board discussions
Community meetings
Supporting data
2016-17
Conduct study and develop recommendations for
consideration by the administration and school
boards.
2017-18
If approved by the board, secure supplemental
funding for full-day kindergarten
2019-20
Increase district budget allotment for full day
kindergarten
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GOAL AREA
High quality teaching and learning - Implement a 21st Century Learning Environment that is active,
rigorous and fosters student engagement.
OBJECTIVE
Provide a continuum of services in appropriate settings for every student
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Ensure the use of high quality, research based interventions
to support tier 2 students in reading and math at the
elementary and middle school level
2016-17
Begin use of mathematics common formative and
summative assessments to make immediate decisions
on interventions. Continue ongoing RTI strategies.
2017-18
All teachers use common assessments in mathematics
and improve interventions based on data. Begin use of
common formative and summative ELA assessments.
Review and refine daily schedules and strategies to provide
intervention time during the school day
2016-17
Review student data to develop intervention schedule
at elementary school for the following year
2017-18
Implement intervention schedule at the elementary
school
Formalize RtI strategies and practices at the elementary
level
2016-17
Review current practices and provide professional
development available to staff
2017-18
Implement research based high quality interventions/
strategies based on review of student data.
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Provide professional development in the preparation and
use of valid and reliable assessments and the use of data to
inform and guide multi-tiered systems of support
2016-17
Continue to analyze data as consistent with past years.
2017-18
Begin to analyze formative common assessment data.
Audit current special education delivery model for students
with IEP’s
Review needs of students served in the District
Review needs of students served outside of the District
Develop compare and contrast documents of
alternatives, costs, and resources
Annually
Early intervention
Identify children in need of special education services
at 3 and 4 years old
Annually
Provide professional development for:
General education teachers in differentiating
instruction to meet the needs of all learners
Special education teachers to improve instructional
practices for students with a wide range of disabilities
Monthly Team meetings
Annually
Scheduled training opportunities
New training opportunities as they become available
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GOAL AREA
Financial Stewardship
OBJECTIVE
Fund Balances - Establish a working financial system that meets the instructional, maintenance, and long-
term financial needs of the district.
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Maintain 50% fund balance in all fund balance areas, target
70%
Annually
Explore savings for health coverage options
Annually
Collaborate with other districts to share and reduce costs
Annually
Evaluate impact and adjustments necessary to respond to
legislative funding threats
Annually
Assess impact of changing enrollments in the district.
Annually
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GOAL AREA
Safe and Secure Learning Spaces to Support 21st Century Learners
OBJECTIVE
Conduct Routine and Long-Range Maintenance and Improvements
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Update and upgrade building safety as recommended in DLA
Architect’s 5-year Facilities Assessment -2015-16.
2016-17
Summer construction
Timeline in binder of recommendations
Review the commissioned Golf District 67 Facilities
Utilization Report with the Board and develop multi-year
plans for implementing approved recommendations
Annually
Provide environmentally safe facilities throughout the
district as outlined in the Life Safety plan required by the
Illinois Code.
2016-17
Annual inspections by Regional Office of Education
Implement Voice over IP and new security systems
2016-17
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GOAL AREA
Community and District Relations
OBJECTIVE
Minority and ELL Parent and Family Involvement - Increase parent involvement and participation in
classrooms, schools, and in district activities among families that have not traditionally been active in our
schools
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Host a welcome event to engage ELL families in a plan to
provide ongoing support throughout the year.
May, 2016
Develop and inform parents and students of academic
supports through targeted classes and activities
Annually
Increase parent, teacher and district participation in the ELL
Parent Center
Annually
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GOAL AREA
Community and District Relations
OBJECTIVE
Communications - Focus communication and marketing of the district’s programs, accomplishments, and
needs
STRATEGY
TIME LINE
Identify, develop, or refine opportunities and means to reach
out and involve parents, businesses, and the District
community.
Monthly
Develop a set of typical reports, prepared annually, that
present and explain specific data and resulting needs.
annual report of finance and facilities
annual program and achievement report
stewardship report explaining progress implementing
the strategic plan
Annually
Distribute electronic and paper copies of Chalkboard to the
library, park district, other village entities, and local
businesses
Monthly
Band and Chorus performances at community events
Annually
Display student artwork in various community agencies,
organizations
Annually
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GOAL AREA
Community and District Relations
OBJECTIVE
Business Partnerships - Cultivate and strengthen and increase business and community partnerships
TIME LINE
Focus communication and marketing of the district’s
programs, accomplishments, and needs
Annually
Seek opportunities to collaborate with the Golf D67 PTA, the
Golf 67 Foundation, and local organizations.
Annually
Seek sponsorships where appropriate and feasible
Annually
Increase staff participation in local dinner fundraisers
Ongoing Semi-monthly
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Appendices
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Strategic Planning Resources
Golf School District Strategic Planning Session
February 6, 2016
Beliefs
Superintendent Consolidated
We value an inclusive environment, which promotes equality, values diversity and enhances learning and a social environment in
which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.
Passion and commitment inspire teaching and learning.
All students are capable of high levels of academic and social success.
Education should reflect 21st Century learning.
Children thrive when family, school, and community work as partners.
We will allocate and pursue resources in equitable, transparent, and purposeful ways.
Students have the greatest opportunity to learn in a safe environment.
Teachers, Teaching, Instruction, Curriculum
Quality professional development is integral to maintaining excellence in education.
High expectations (attainable goals) combined with a positive caring environment challenge students to reach their individual
potential.
Passion and commitment inspire teaching and learning.
All students are capable of high levels of academic and social success.
A respectful, trusting, collaborative teaching environment promotes collective inquiry and the use of shared best instructional
practices.
Access to timely data and clear information accelerates both teaching and learning.
Goals must be specific, measurable, actionable, results-oriented, and timely.
Creating facilities that are integral to teaching and learning.
A 21
st
Century learning environment.
Parents standing together with teachers to support learning.
Due to the needs of our ever-changing society, education should reflect 21
st
Century learning, basic skills, life skills, critical
thinking skills, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
Caring and respectful relationships promote learning.
High expectations promote excellence.
Passion and commitment inspire teaching and learning.
Responsibility to guide students toward self-sufficiency, responsibility, and accountability.
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A quality education builds character and instills confidence.
Equip students with the knowledge and skills for a changing future.
Respectful, trusting, collaborative teaching environment promotes collective inquiry and the use of shared best instructional
practices.
Embracing diversity in all its forms.
Recognize and celebrate strengths as well as focusing on opportunities for growth and improvement.
Diversity
Diversity is strength
An understanding and respect for human diversity is essential for a complete education.
We embrace our diversity and believe race, income, gender and learning differences should not predict success.
In an inclusive environment.
Caring and respectful relationships promote learning. Embracing diversity in all its forms creates a strong foundation for every
individual and impacts the success of the learning environment.
Community
Children thrive when family, school, and community work as partners.
Family and community involvement is essential for student learning.
Education is a total community responsibility.
Service to the community enriches a child’s education and character.
Students, Children Learning
In fostering positive relationships
In authentic collaborative learning environments.
Diversity enhances learning.
Children learn best in an inclusive environment.
in building character, independence, and citizenship.
Learning is our highest priority.
Students come first.
In a safe learning environment.
We embrace an inclusive philosophy in which children with differing needs and abilities are integral members of our schools.
Board of education and administration supports student achievement, efficient and effective operations and student, family and
community engagement to offer and education developed to meet all student’s needs.
Developing prepared children ready to compete in an ever-changing world.
Individuals learn in different ways and at different rates.
Individuals learn best when they are valued, inspired, engaged, and challenged.
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Individuals thrive when their unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs are accommodated.
Finance
Allocating resources in equitable, transparent, and purposeful ways
Increased operational and financial efficiencies are consistently pursued to support learning opportunities for our students.
Other
We have a responsibility to maintain a safe and effective learning environment with a consistent plan and vision that includes long
term funding for future projects.
Interpersonal, strong community values
Open-minded about the future, flexible skill sets and transferable knowledge.
As society changes, educational practices must evolve.
Students have the greatest opportunity to learn in a safe environment.
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Golf School District Strategic Planning Session
February 6, 2016
Priorities and Goals
Community and District Relations
1. Continue to increase creative communication and marketing.
2. Continue and increase parental involvement.
3. Seek additional community partnerships.
4. Improve outreach to ELL families.
Curriculum and Instruction
1. Continue development of math curriculum.
a. Professional development
b. Increase instructional minutes in 7
th
/8
th
grade math
2. Provide professional development in technology integration.
3. Utilize innovative teaching techniques.
a. Community engagement
b. Creativity
c. Interdisciplinary curricular lessons
Programs and Services
1. Examine RTI strategies for math and reading.
2. Explore opportunities to service special education students in District.
3. Explore funding options for full day kindergarten.
4. Explore options for additional foreign language (grades/type of language).
5. Encourage extracurricular activities and field trips.
Student Learning
1. Support teachers in designing a highly engaged, active learning environment.
2. Provide high quality, ongoing teacher professional development.
3. Encourage open doors and practices (teachers sharing ideas in open forum).
4. Engage students in active, rigorous, collaborative learning.
5. Instructional leadership is necessary to provide curricular resources that are engaged, aligned and authentic.
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6. Utilize technology to design, facilitate, enrich, and enhance learning.
7. Encourage instruction teacher guided-teacher facilitated.
Finances
1. Continue/increase fund balance.
2. Reduce expenditures where possible.
3. Collaborate with other districts to reduce costs.
4. Explore savings for health coverage options.
5. Seek sponsorships.
Facilities and Physical Plant
1. Security
2. Space utilization
3. Long range planning (Capital)
Other
1. More involvement (teachers, community)
2. Support PTA and Foundation
3. Traffic Safety
4. Social Media impact on students
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Classrooms First Instructional Technology Progression