EPES improvement path – Estes Park Trail-Gazette


Dear families and EPES community:

At Estes Park Primary School, our students receive exceptional learning every day and we want to be able to share this information with our families and stakeholders so that they can participate in the conversation. We want you to help us celebrate our successes and feel comfortable giving essential feedback for our future opportunities.

We train lifelong learners for a global future. When it comes to educating the children in our community, it is important to communicate openly in a two-way dialogue to allow understanding and feedback, to allow time and a suitable platform for questions and concerns. , and ensure an understanding of the methods used in education, as well as the growth and learning goals that are being measured.

Over the next few weeks, Estes Park Elementary School will be offering a series of newsletters to all families, stakeholders and our community to provide an overview of the work being done with our Unified Improvement Plan. We’ll dig deeper into each improvement strategy and cover the background, why it’s important to our strategic plan, how we’re implementing it, and gather feedback and questions from our audience to hear your point of view.

If you have specific questions about any of the Major Improvement Strategies (MIS), please feel free to submit it before the topic is also covered so that it can be included in the information sent to the community. We appreciate your participation and your investment in the future of our students!

What is a unified improvement plan (UIP)?

Unified Improvement Planning was introduced in 2009 to streamline the elements of improvement planning to state and federal accountability requirements. Based on the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids, the primary goal of improvement planning is to: Ensure that all students leave the K-12 education system ready to continue their post-secondary education and / or to be successful in the job market, immediately earning a living wage. after graduation.

Colorado schools and districts can improve student learning by engaging in continuous improvement strategies to manage their performance. To support this goal, the Education Accountability Act of 2009 requires every district and school in Colorado to create an annual improvement plan. The intention is for schools and districts to create a single plan that has real meaning for stakeholders.

In addition, a state requirement for annual improvement planning is that district data must be disaggregated to ensure that schools monitor equity in resources and educational outcomes.

Overview of major improvement strategies

As we spent time collecting feedback from parents and community stakeholders, and working with teachers and EPES staff, we identified 5 major improvement strategies that we outlined in our plan. unified improvement as our most important areas of focus for continuous school improvement.

WEEK 1: Program and teaching

GOAL: Implement the Bridges Collaborative Classroom Literacy and Mathematics program faithfully, and maintain a strong pedagogical feedback loop to guide teacher growth.

WEEK 2: Culturally Appropriate Instruction and EL Learners

GOAL: Teachers use culturally appropriate teaching practices. Teachers partner with students and families to develop and monitor student support plans.

Week 3: Rigor & Collective efficiency

GOAL: Create and maintain a shared belief that through collective action, we can positively influence student outcomes, regardless of the downsides, and teach all students the highest level of rigor, maintaining high expectations for our students and ourselves.

WEEK 4: Track progress with PLCs

GOAL: We frequently monitor our own progress at high levels through Professional Learning Communities (PLC), using a continuous cycle of data collection and analysis to guide our decisions and priorities.

WEEK 5: Global Results

GOAL: Making sure the overall results are a part of everything we do – literacy, math, science, social studies, and social and emotional learning (SEL).


Norma A. Roth