With Mathematics and Computer Science identified as an ongoing priority within The Success Effect plan, the teachers and leaders in the Mathematics Department have been quietly going about the business of strengthening instruction, increasing communication, and reaching all students with meaningful learning.
Key Area: Learning
Priority Action Area: Literacy & Early Learning
During the mathematics instructional materials adoption of 2013, the district-wide committees identified three focus areas for instruction that have now become our Pillars for Instructional Excellence in Mathematics. These three Pillars are:
Skills fluency demonstrated through rigorous application
Student discourse through speaking, listening, reading and writing for a variety of… Read More
Friday, December 23, 2016
When you consider the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) strategic plan, The Success Effect–it is all about kids “winning!” The plan is designed to bring to life the BVSD’s mission, vision, and values. Specifically, our mission states our goal “to create challenging, meaningful, and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successful, civically engaged lives.” Moreover, when we speak of all children, we really do mean all, because “societal inequities and unique learning needs will not be barriers to student success.” These are courageous and challenging words, but are so meaningful because they acknowledge the… Read More
Friday, December 9, 2016
This fall semester has been a very exciting time for our Growth and Development Success Effect Committee*. We have achieved a true milestone in our implementation of the new integrated professional development and evaluation online system.
In the MyPassport system, employees identify an area of growth after reflecting upon their strengths and challenges, communicate with their evaluator about their plans to meet their goals, and search for aligned learning opportunities. MyPassport provides one centralized site for employees to manage their evaluation and their professional learning.
The system was rolled out to all employees in the late summer and early fall. Customized… Read More
Friday, November 11, 2016
BVSD has adopted the CDE definition of Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): a prevention based framework of team‐driven, data‐based problem solving for improving the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnering and a layered continuum of evidence‐based practices applied at the classroom, school, district, region, and state level.
Key to understanding and implementing MTSS is realizing that it is a framework, not a program. A framework is the basic structure underlying a system. In 2016-17, school-based MTSS Leadership Teams will be planning how to implement the district adopted framework for MTSS at their buildings during the… Read More
Friday, September 30, 2016
Boulder Valley School District employs 4,300 employees. Almost half of our employees are teachers and the other half serve the district in departments such as food service, transportation, maintenance, business services and curriculum and instruction. Hiring takes place throughout the year, yet summer and fall are two seasons in which we welcome the largest number of new employees. The Educator Pipeline Priority Action Team’s primary goal is to attract, recruit, hire and retain the most qualified candidates for each position within BVSD. Once new employees are hired, BVSDwants to provide an onboarding experience that not only welcomes new employees but… Read More
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Systems of Support are the processes and practices that integrate universal instruction, prevention strategies and intervention components to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all BVSD learners. These systems include a strong foundation of safe, inclusive learning environments, strong formative assessment practices, and clear processes for instruction and layered interventions that meet students where they are and move them forward. Through these systems, we will personalize learning for all students.
How do we meet every student’s needs?
BVSD is committed to ensuring that each student meets or exceeds appropriate expectations relative to intellectual growth, physical development, and social emotional well-being. A… Read More
Friday, May 13, 2016
The BVSD Growth and Development Priority Action Team believes:
Our talent is the key to student success! By fueling learning, discovery and advancement in all of our employees, we inspire a collaborative culture of growth for all. BVSD is committed to supporting relevant, high quality professional development aligned with BVSD goals and employee effectiveness standards, from required learning to innovative coursework.
The Professional Learning Department is busy configuring a new online system which will align professional learning opportunities with evaluation goals. To complement this new system/process, the Professional Learning Department is also expanding professional learning opportunities for all employees.
Every employee should… Read More
Friday, March 11, 2016