Goal Area 2: Academic Achievement and Professional Development
- Conduct a curriculum audit to assess all curricular offerings, both state-required content as well as extra-curricular offerings, to make sure students have access to multiple options. Advance the curriculum offerings with careful consideration of the infusion of a life-skills curriculum that offers financial literacy skills for all students; infuse additional foreign languages, if possible, into current class offerings for middle school or high school.
Continue to promote, define and implement direct pathways so students are provided with multiple opportunities to explore available careers beyond graduation, such as college/ university, career and technical education, military and other non-college preparedness opportunities; purposefully communicate a culture of high academic expectations no matter a student’s chosen pathway; ensure every student has a post-graduation plan before moving beyond Canton Local Schools.
Provide continuing professional development opportunities aimed at advancing effective teaching practices and the use of district technology that focuses on the utilization of technology as a transformative creation, advancement and connection tool; establish district-wide standards for best-practice instructional methods PreK-12; consider the use of outside resources and staff input prior to planning and implementing professional development.
Conduct a survey of the professional development needs of the staff to determine more effective use of this opportunity; create a list of opportunities staff are searching for in regards to their own personal and professional development to offer them more options and choices; allow external professional development opportunities as appropriate.
- Provide professional development opportunities and extend training for staff members related to student social-emotional and mental health needs as well as their own need; provide mechanisms to address concerns as a result of this training.