TCS strategic plan ready to go public

Tiffin City Schools has been working on its strategic plan and now is ready to release it to the public.

The three-year plan was introduced to the Tiffin City Board of Education in January, Jennifer Losey, TCS director of teaching and learning, said.

In February, the plan was introduced to the district’s staff and teachers, and now the plan is to be released to the community.

Within the plan for the board, district staff worked on outlining belief statements, goals, the district profile, professional learning communities, wildly important goals, curriculum and instruction.

Each addition to the plan addressed the specific needs of the board, staff/teachers and the community, Losey said.

She said the plan follows a curriculum audit conducted over the summer by North Central Ohio Educational Service Center. The audit brought to attention to addressing the needs of staff and students. The audit found that alignment of the curriculum was lacking, Losey said.

The needs the plan addressed for the staff and teachers focused on professional learning communities and wildly important goals, Losey said. Teams of teachers worked on curriculum mapping to create a learning environment in which all students achieve their learning potential.

“We have phenomenal teachers, aides and custodians who are very focused,” she said.

Starting off the new year, Losey said, the district mainly focused on creating and establishing professional learning communities and implementing the wildly important goals. The goals are to increase the district’s performance index from the State Report Card from 70.8 percent to 75 percent.

“Each building has taken ownership of the wildly important goals,” Losey said. “Everyone is moving forward.”

Also, the district focused on professional development for teachers, Losey said.

“Professional development gives teachers the foundation they need,” she said.

Some professional development days focused on helping students who are struggling with reading and assisting aides to give them better support. Losey said there has been a new individual education plan program implemented and teachers were provided training during one of the three professional development days.

The plan addressing the community and district stakeholders outlines what the district has done specifically during the 2017-18 school year — which was to create a “unified, collaborative culture.”

According to the plan, the district — in the first 90 days — has created professional development experiences focusing on addressing the needs of staff and students; creating the professional learning communities, which dedicate time for staff to focus on ways to increase student achievement; and noting how the district has worked to create stronger partnerships with other educational agencies such as Heidelberg and Tiffin universities and Sentinel Career and Technology Center. The educational partnerships have established new career exploration and development programs for the 2018-19 school year.

“There are so many positive things happening now in the district,” Losey said. “We are here to support the community and I want people to know these are not just words, but we are working on providing quality education for all and assist in preparing students for the future.”