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MREI - School Improvement Planning
School improvement Planning (SIP) is a process by which members of the school community, including staff, students, parents and community members develop a written school plan that sets annual targets within a set of defined objectives within the overall goals and mission of the school. The plan and the annual process unifies school improvement efforts from various teams within the school as well as a basis for ongoing evaluation of efforts. A School Improvement Plan is a road map that establishes the changes that the school needs to improve student achievement and well-being and describes how and when these changes will be made. Annual plans should be incorporated into a longer-term plan that embodies the vision and mission of the school. The plan should describe the profile of the school and the community, problems and needs, goals, objectives, standards and targets, implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation plan, communication and advocacy plan, documentation and reporting to stakeholders. The individual school plans should form a major part of the correlated plans of the local education authority. These LEA plans, in turn, should be a major part of the annual plans of the ministry of education.
There are several resources and some research on the impact of school improvement planning on school effectiveness and student learning. The US Department of Education has funded the publication of a comprehensive guide positioning school improvement planning within a broader continuous improvement strategy. School improvement planning was at the centre of an Ontario government strategy for education renewal and improvement at the turn of the century. As well, several organizations have published guides on how to incorporate health and social development objectives into school improvement plans. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) in the USA has published a detailed guide offering specific steps and suggestions. Willow Road Public School in Guelph, Ontario, Canada provides an example of a school plan including health and wellness as key components of its School Improvement Plan. The Alberta government has published a sample school improvement plan on a specific health issue.
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