FPS - STRATEGIC PLAN DASHBOARD
  • ACHIEVEMENTACHIEVEMENT

    Strategic Initiative 1: Student Achievement and Growth
    Lifelong Learning

    Goal 1 & 2 - Standards-Based Education

    North Dakota State Standards – The Fargo Public Schools will use the North Dakota State Standards to provide the structure for teaching and learning. Standards encourage the highest achievement of every student by defining the knowledge and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. (Reference: Teaching and Learning Long Range Plan)

    21st Century Standards – The Fargo Public Schools will use the 21st Century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking to provide the structure for teaching and learning. 21st Century skills encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge and skills that students should acquire at each grade level and support the learning of the North Dakota State Standards. (Reference: Teaching and Learning Long Range Plan)

    Standards-based instruction provides educators an ongoing collaborative process to proactively plan instruction, interventions and extensions that will result in improvements to student learning. Fargo Public Schools teachers will use a standards-based education model to deliver the curriculum adopted to meet North Dakota State Standards and 21st Century skills. (Reference: Teaching and Learning Long Range Plan)

    Goal 3 - Integrated Technology
    Today's learning environments should reflect what we know about how people learn and take advantage of technology to optimize learning. Our system must support administrators, teachers, and support staff in their efforts to leverage the power of technology to provide engaging, personalized learning experiences and ensure students have the skills to be lifelong learners. Technology provides access to more learning resources and connections to experts and audiences beyond the classroom. The Fargo Public Schools will integrate technology within the curriculum to optimize the individual learning of each student. Integrated technology assists students to:
    • Gather, evaluate, and or use information for learning
    • Conduct research, solve problems, and or create original works for learning
    • Communicate and work collaboratively for learning
    (Reference: Long Range Technology Plan)
    Goal 4 - Assessment
    Assessments provide students, educators, parents, and the public with a range of information about standards-based student achievement. The Fargo Public School teachers will use both formative and summative assessments to measure student achievement. Results from these assessments will assist teachers in making decisions to determine the best practices and procedures that will result in improvements to student learning.
    (Reference: Teaching and Learning Long Range Plan)

    Support for Learning

    Goal 1 - Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
    Collaboration among teachers in each academic area will enhance the ability of teachers to examine all practices in light of thei impact on learning. This collaborative process proactively assists teachers in planning for standards-based instruction, interventions and extensions. The Fargo Public Schools will accomplish this goal by ensuring that the time needed to conduct PLCs is scheduled at least once a week during the school year. PLCs are one of the components of the district's needs assessments to determine professional development sessions.
    Goal 2 - Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
    MTSS is a school-wide process, beginning with quality core instruction within the general education classroom. Academic and behavioral interventions or extensions are provided to students based on data collection and analysis. These interventions or extensions vary in intensity based on student needs an may be provided by a variety of personnel, starting with the general education teachers. The MTSS model supports:
    • Supplementary Intervention: Supports that augment primary instruction to directly address an area of need; often implemented in small-group setting but may be individualized; often associated with Tier 2.
    • Intensive Intervention: An academic and behavioral intervention characterized by increased length, frequency, and duration of implementation and administration to students significantly below grade level; often associated with Tier 3.
    • Progress Monitoring: A scientifically based practice to assess students' academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction that can be used with individual students, a small group, or an entire class. Also, the process used to monitor implementation of specific interventions.
    • Extensions: Supports that augment primary instruction to directly address content, product and process.
    The Fargo Public Schools will accomplish this goal by developing policies, practices, and protocols throughout the K-12 system.

     

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

  • STEAMSTEAM

    Strategic Initiative 2: STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
    Goal 1 - STEAM
    The Fargo Public Schools will encourage teachers and students to see and think in new ways across disciplines. Knowledge creation, innovation and breakthrough thinking will assist the process of making connections across disciplines. As a result of our efforts, the Fargo Public Schools will accomplish this goal through the district's STEAM related strategic initiatives as articulated in the Teaching and Learning Long Range Plan.

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

  • CULTURECULTURE

    Strategic Initiative 3: Positive School Culture
    Goal 1 - School Culture
    As a result of our efforts, each school will develop and maintain a culture plan that emphasizes character development and cultural proficiency.

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

  • ACTIVITIES   ACTIVITIES

    Strategic Initiative 4: Engagement and Experiences in Co-Curricular Activities
    Goal 1 - Diverse Activities
    Fargo Public Schools will provide a broad range of diverse activities for our students.
     
    Goal 2 - High Quality Activities
    Fargo Public Schools will provide high quality activities for our students.
     
    Goal 3 - Enhanced Learning
    Fargo Public Schools will enhance the learning of our students through co-curricular activity participation.

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

  • COMMUNICATIONCOMMUNICATION

    Strategic Initiative 5: Community Outreach and Communication
    Community Outreach
    Goal 1 - City of Fargo/Fargo Park Board
    The Fargo Public Schools will continue to foster a positive partnership with the City of Fargo and Fargo Park District. Positive and heathy relationships between administrations and elected officials will enhance the ability of all three entities to serve the public in a collaborative and meaningful way.
    Goal 2 - Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation
    The Fargo Public Schools will maintain a relationship with the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation for financial resources to support student and critical needs and innovative educational programs.
    Goal 3 - Education That Works
    Education that Works is a collaborative effort among the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, United Way of CassClay, and the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo Public School Districts. The goal of this program is to enhance K-12 curriculum with project-based learning that includes a stronger focus on measuring the 21st Century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The three goals of the Education that Works collaboration include:
    • Provide and align 21st centruy learning experiences for current and future educators in response to workforce development needs
    • Prepare tomorrow's educators differently
    • Raise awareness and promote dialogue among stakeholders and business community of the need for 21st century skill development
    • Facilitate extended and innovative 21st century learning experiences for students.
    Goal 4 - College & University Partnerships
    The Fargo Public Schools will continue to work with local college and university teacher preparation programs to ensure that we are partners in the preparation of future teachers. In addition, we will partner with the colleges and universities to ensure that our current staff have access to professional development and college course credit programs.
    Goal 5 - Career & Technical Education Partnerships

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an essential component of the educational system, preparing learners for life, careers, and college. With an emphasis on real-world and real-life skills, occupational content and academics come to life through application. Students develop 21st Century skills as they communicate and collaborate on activities and utilize creativity and critical thinking to design projects and solve problems.

    Teachers work directly with business and industry partners to bridge high school curriculums with relevant skills and experiences needed in today's world of work. Implicit to the CTE program are the components of advisory committees and community relations outreach as well as workplace experiences, business partnerships, and postsecondaryconnections. Therefore, as a result of the Fargo Public Schools efforts, we will engage in outreach initiatives designed to support our programs and students.

    Advisory Committee and CommunityRelations - The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee's purpose is to strengthen the programs it serves. The committee exists to advise, assist, support and advocate for career and technical education. Members from community businesses and organizations are volunteers who share content expertise and performance knowledge based on the program area and its related occupations. Advisory committees work cooperatively with school administration and instructors in planning and carrying out committee work. They are advisory only and has no legislative, administrative or programmatic authority. Committees may serve a specific CTE program or a combined committee may serve several CTE programs.

    Goal 6 - Mental Health, Dropout Prevention, Youth Risk Services
    As a result of our efforts, Fargo Public Schools will implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for grades K-12 to identify and assist students who experience mental health and alcohol/drug issues, are in need of additional support for academic and social/emotional development, or are at risk of dropping out of school. Fargo Public Schools will collaborate with community agencies to help secure needed assistance for students.
    Communication
    Goal 1 - District Image
    As a result of our efforts, the Fargo Public Schools will have strong relationships with the community. Overall, citizens of Fargo will have positive opinions of the education provided to students in the district.
    Goal 2 - Parent/Family Communication and Engagement
    As a result of our efforts, the school district and individual schools will have established, effective communication between school, parents and families. Uniform communication guidelines will be set for all schools in order for communication processes to be consistent amongst all schools.
    Goal 3 - Community Communication and Engagement
    As a result of our efforts, the school district will have effective communication and engagement with the community at large. Fargo Public Schools will focus on communicating with the ever changing and diverse community that exists in Fargo. When applicable and appropriate, the district will provide for public engagement and feedback on the educational processes and decisions.
    Goal 4 - Internal Communication and Engagement
    As a result of our efforts, Fargo Public Schools will have communication systems that establish open and transparent communication channels throughout the entire organizational system and through all employee groups. Communication processes will be enhanced to improve the flow of information to internal stakeholders. Staff members will be provided with information regarding the schools and district in order to be ambassadors for the district.

     

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

  • RESOURCESRESOURCES

    Strategic Initiative 6: Equitable Resources and Planning
    Human Resources
    Goal 1 - Workplace Culture
    Fargo Public Schools will create a culture and work environment that makes the district an employer of choice. There are several motivating factors that attract applicants and retain employees. It is vital to create a culture that recognizes human motivators and allows for flexibility in meeting the wide range of needs facing our existing or potential workforce. We will accomplish this goal by providing:
    • Competitive compensation and benefit packages
    • High quality new employee orientation programs
    • A mentoring program for all new certified staff
    • Continuing education and professional development for all staff members
    Goal 2 - Recruitment and Promotions
    Fargo Public Schools will promote the district as a major employer in the state and region. This goal will be achieved by maintaining a marketing plan that promotes the broad range of employment opportunities available at Fargo Public Schools.
    Goal 3 - Recruitment Outreach Efforts
    Fargo Public Schools will continually review recruitment efforts and expand our efforts when necessary to attract the best candidates at all levels. In addition, the district will seek to recruit a diverse applicant pool for all openings.
    Goal 4 - Teacher & Administrator Evaluation System
    The Fargo Public Schools will implement a framework for teacher and principal performance appraisals that are based on research-supported instructional strategies and consistent in application. The evaluation system will provide valid and reliable measures of teacher and principal performance.
    Goal 5 - Comprehensive Teacher Orientation Program
    The Fargo Public Schools will conduct comprehensive orientation programs for all new staff prior to the start of each school year. Orientation is the first step in the onboarding process of new employees. The purpose of onboarding is to provide a sructured process new hires go through in order to become engaged and productive with Fargo Public Schools. When new hires attend orientation, they are introduced to the Strategic Plan, the District's mission, vision, goals and initiatives and important information regarding benefits and expectations.
    Goal 6 - Comprehensive New Teacher Mentor Induction Program
    The Fargo Public Schools will provide support for new teachers by engaging them in a comprehensive mentoring program. Support is focused on accelerating the new teachers' classroom practice, ensuring student academic success, and developing autonomous self-reflective teachers who are responsive to the diverse cultural, social, academic, and linguistic backgrounds of all students.
    Long Range Facility Planning
    Goal 1 - Maintain the Long Range Facilities Plan
    In 2013, Fargo Public Schools finalized a new Long Range Facilities Plan to guide the district. This effort includes an annual review and update so the plan stays current. (Reference: Long Range Facilities Plan)
    Goal 2 - Annual Operational Maintenance
    Fargo Public Schools will systematically plan maintenance projects annually for completion. With the Long Range Facilities Plan, the district enhanced the financial commitment toward operational maintenance. This commitment will require a detailed plan of annual needs and scheduling to ensure designated projects are completed. (Reference: Long Range Facilities Plan)
    Goal 3 - Long Range Facilities Plan Implementation
    Fargo Public Schools will proactively implement the Long Range Facilities Plan. The district must maintain good community partnerships to stay current with city growth trends. Data on Fargo city development will assist the district in implementing each step of the plan, which will assure we have secured the appropriate resources necessary to both maintain existing facilities, and design and build new facilities in a timely manner. (Reference: Long Range Facilities Plan)
    Long Range Financial Planning
    Goal 1 - Legislative Interaction
    Fargo Public Schools will communicate with state leadership in the legislature regarding funding. The state legislature meets on a biennial basis and provide a significant portion of education funding. In the 2013 legislative session, there was an increase in the level of state support. As a result of our efforts, the Fargo Public Schools will continue to proactively communicate and collaborate with the North Dakota State Legislature to ensure that the state of North Dakota maintains the highest level of funding possible.
    Goal 2 - Local Support for School
    Fargo Public Schools will secure and maintain local support for the district. Local taxpayers have a history of supporting the educational services provided by Fargo Public Schools. Recent legislative action requires the district to reaffirm local authority for taxation. As a result of our efforts, the Fargo Public Schools will continue to seek local support and commitment for education.
    Goal 3 - Budgeting
    Fargo Public Schools will maintain annual cash flow and balanced budgets. Fargo Public Schools practices a zero based budget philosophy. This effort requires analysis of cash flow, which includes appropriate debt structure and fund balances. As a result of our efforts, we will continue to practice a zero based budgeting philosophy and ensure effective and efficient use of public tax dollars.
    Goal 4 - Operational Efficiency
    Fargo Public Schools will continue to analyze variable expenses in an effort to provide operational efficiency district wide. As a result of our efforts, we will accomplish this goal by ensuring that annual operating expenses mirror annual revenue projections.

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

  • IMPROVEMENTIMPROVEMENT

    Strategic Initiative 7: Continuous Improvement and Accountability
    Goal 1 - School Site Based Improvement
    Each school will engage in a five-year cycle of school improvement and review.
    Goal 2 - District Improvement Cycle
    The school district will engage in a five-year cycle of school improvement and review.

    Our Mission: Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed

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