Strategic Plan Notes
Annual benchmarking meetings will be held in October
of each year. During the benchmarking meeting, progress will be
assessed on each goal and objective of the grant. The information
from the benchmarking meeting will be used to inform the next annual
2. Student Achievement
Student achievement will be monitored by annually
analyzing of district level and building level achievement data.
The data used will be the South Dakota STEP Test, which is designed
to measure student growth against the South
Dakota Content Standards. The student achievement data will
be used to develop district level and building level professional
development plans which will identify specific needs in mathematics
and instructional strategies to meet those needs.
3. Teacher Quality, Quantity and Diversity
Within the first year of this project, nine elementary
mathematics teacher leadRapid City
Area SchoolsRapid City Area Schools. Weekly training will be
provided for the mathematics teacher leaders to build their capacity
in effective mathematics instruction. Those teacher leaders will
then work with teachers in individual buildings to improve their
classroom practice. In addition, preservice teachers from Black
Hills State University will be mentored by the mathematics teacher
leaders while working in Rapid City
4. Management Plan
There is a separate project management
plan attached to the strategic plan.
5. Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Faculty
Faculty from both the College of Arts and Sciences
and the College of Education at Black
Hills State University will work side-by-side with Rapid
City Area Schoolsmathematics coordinators and mathematics teacher
leaders to provide weekly professional development sessions. Faculty
representing both Colleges also serve on the Central Planning and
Support Team, which plans and implements the day-to-day work of
the grant. Representatives from both Colleges also serve on the
Project Leadership Team. Those referred to as “Mathematics
Specialists” and as “Content
Specialists” within the Strategic Plan are faculty members
with deep understandings of the mathematics content, itself, and
of mathematics education reform.
6. Sustainability and Institutional Change
Rapid City Area
Schools is providing the funding for the mathematics coordinators
and some of the mathematics teacher leaders. After the funding for
the grant expires, these positions will remain in the district.
One of the major goals of the PRIME
grant is to increase and sustain the quality of teachers of mathematics
in Rapid City Area Schools. The
mathematics coordinators and the mathematics teacher leaders will
be using the Horizon Classroom Observation Protocol to monitor and
assess the progress of the district’s mathematics teachers.
Because these positions will remain in the district, that work will
be ongoing over time.
Another major goal of the grant is to enhance
the preparation of future teachers at Black Hills State University.
Enhancements to the Professional Development School model and to
the pre-service math classes are expected to extend indefinitely
beyond the duration of the grant. Sustainability of these changes
is supported by the deep commitment and involvement of higher education
faculty members and by the Dean of the College of Education, who
serves on the Project Leadership Team. In addition, the Center for
the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at
Black Hills State University has is charged to provide continuous
professional development support for practicing K-12 teachers. Project
PRIME is helping CAMSE to develop a
powerful professional development model that the Center is committed
to sustain with Rapid City and to extend to other districts throughout
state and beyond.
7. Community Engagement
Community members were involved in the curriculum
revision process that was completed in the first year of this grant.
Parents are included on building-level advisory councils. The building-level
advisory councils will receive training in the new mathematics curriculum
and instructional practices that support the new curriculum. Parents
are also invited to participate in family math nights.