School Improvement Plan

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Goal 1:

Progression of EL students toward language acquisition


Goal 2:

Identify barriers to teaching & learning and align support systems to address barriers

Goal 3:

Effectively use our teachers, leaders, and staff to increase student achievement, stakeholder involvement, and satisfaction

Goal 4:

Engage learners through high quality aligned college and career ready standards, instruction, and assessments in all content areas

Measurable Objective:

Increase student growth of at least 50% of English learner students showing some growth toward language acquisition. Increase by 2% the number of EL students who attain an English Proficiency level of 4.8 or greater by 05/24/2018 as measured by ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

Measurable Objective:

Collaborate to ensure that administrators, teachers, and counselors are provided the foundational documents, instructional materials, and training to teach academic, personal/social and college and career ready standards by 05/24/2018 as measured by data collected during implementation of specified activities.

Measurable Objective:

Collaborate to effectively collect, analyze, and use data to continuously improve teaching and learning experiences for all students by 05/24/2018 as measured by agendas, sign in sheets, student performance, and walk-throughs.

Measurable Objective:

Demonstrate a proficiency of a 5% increase in student achievement: Scantron Math from 53% to 58%, Scantron Reading from 49% to 54% by 05/24/2018 as measured by state assessments


Core EL Instruction - EL Teachers will collaborate to use SDAIE instructional strategies as part of the ESL core program to assure achievement of Reading and Math goals.



Professional Learning - Members will attend training and collaborate to increase knowledge and understanding and improve their practice by participating in high quality professional learning. Educator Effectiveness promotes and supports the effective preparation, development, and improvement of Alabama's teachers and instructional leaders to insure that through effective professional practice, all students graduate college and/or career ready. Employees are solicited and retained through SearchSoft. Evaluations will be used as a formative assessment to provide information about evaluatee's current level of practice.


Student Support - Cold Springs Elementary will implement student support teams and teacher advisory groups to support our students in the development of not only academic but also social and personal needs. The learning supports will address barriers to learning to promote student success.


Collect and Utilize Data Sources - Cold Springs K-8 will implement processes to collect, analyze, and apply findings from various data sources in order to continuously improve student and teacher achievement



Increase Educator Effectiveness - Instructional Framework- Cold Springs K-8 has adopted the Instructional Framework. Teachers will put into practice the Instructional

Framework as they teach college and career readiness standards across all content areas and implement lesson plans.

1) What do I want my students to know and be able to do?

2) How will I know if they know it?

3) What will I do if they don't?

4) What will I do if they already know it?


The EL Committee will meet to discuss EL students' needs and accommodations to aid in student language proficiency growth.
EL teachers will provide video training for all teachers in order to provide information about the core ESL program, WIDA standards, ACCESS Reports, and Individualized English Language Plan (I-ELP).

EL teachers, classroom teachers, and EL committee will determine accommodations for EL students, monitor progress for EL students, and adjust I-ELP as needed throughout the year.


Cullman County Technology Department provides various professional learning opportunities for administrators, counselors, and teachers.

Local school leadership will meet in August to develop the School Improvement Plan.

As a Focus School, Cold Springs Elementary was identified in 2014 by the gap between all student and special education students' performance data.

Teachers who are new to Cold Springs Elementary will be provided with additional support throughout their first year.

Cold Springs Elementary School RtI Coordinator will follow the Cullman County guidelines for screening students and providing intervention.

Cold Springs Elementary will implement teacher advisory groups so that all students feel they are well-known by at least one adult at school.

Throughout the school year, district leadership will conduct training for parental representatives from Cold Springs Elementary.

Students at Cold Springs Elementary transitioning from one grade level to the next will receive support throughout the school year.
An Interventionist will be hired to support students in order to advance academic achievement.


School administrators will be trained on the effective implementation of the Decision Ed dashboards.

District and school leadership will have a designated time for administrators and classroom teachers to collaborate and analyze data to improve instruction and student achievement.

School Administrators will monitor the implementation of district initiatives, Continuous Improvement Plans, Local Indicator, Program Review, and Educator Effectiveness by utilizing walk-through forms, classroom visits, and self-assessments.


Principal has provided teachers with a common tool for lesson development following the Instructional Framework.

Training for and implementation of Educator Effectiveness and Leadership Effectiveness will occur throughout the 2017-18 school year.

Reading Specialist will provide job embedded PD/Coaching on standards based instruction and the instructional framework .

Teachers will utilize pacing guides as they plan daily lessons based on the standards for their grade level content.

Teachers in grades 6-8 will participate in a two day training on the Mathematical Practice Standards and their implementation into lessons.




Notice of Non-discrimination

The Cullman County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

April Tucker (Title IX Coordinator)

PO Box 1590

Cullman, AL 35056

Tiffanye Mitchell (504 Coordinator)

17600 US Hwy 31 N

Cullman, AL 35058


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