North Syracuse releases goals for the 2013-14 school year

— Last year, the North Syracuse Central School District released a strategic plan outlining the district’s goals for the next three years.

However, according to Superintendent Annette Speach, many people felt the plan wasn’t working for the district.

“The comments that I’ve gotten, the general feeling was that it encompassed too much and we weren’t able to prioritize,” Speach said. “We wanted something we could focus on for this year, something we could give everyone in the community — teachers, students, parents — as a common focus, at least for this year.”

At its Nov. 4 meeting, the NSCSD Board of Education approved a new list of goals for the 2013-14 school year. Those goals are as follows:

  1. Increase student achievement to prepare students for college and careers in a global economy

Integrate the Common Core Learning standards to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learner

 Increase the capacity and utilization of effective instructional practice through:

 student engagement

questioning techniques


synthesis/critical thinking/problem solving

formative assessment and feedback

technology integration

“The first one focuses on student achievement because, obviously, that’s what we’re here for, so it’s no surprise that’s the first one listed,” Speach said. “We did a lot of work over the summer on Common Core and the rollout of Common Core learning standards. Those come right off the rubric for our teacher evaluation system. Our APPR design team continues to work on our teacher evaluation system. The design team determined that the items listed there are the most critical in terms of how they translate into good instruction for students. The focus this year is on professional development around those pieces.”

  1. Foster a supportive culture and environment amongst all members of our school community

Demonstrate mutual respect at all times

Provide opportunities for collaboration

Cultivate trust through consistent actions

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