- Focus on student learning
- Standards-based curriculum
- Quality professional development
- Multiple pathways for students to demonstrate proficiency
- Establish a safe school environment
- Rigorous and relevant curriculum
- Data-based decision making
- Capitalize on student’s effort, abilities and resilience
- Engagement of students in the learning process
- Immediate prevention, intervention and acceleration strategies
- Culture of continuous improvement
- Focus on literacy across the curriculum
- Alternative uses of time
- Develop leadership throughout the school (administrative and teacher)
- Begin with the end in mind
- High expectations for all students
- Active engagement from parents and the community
- Focus on collaboration and teaming
- Build on strengths
- Evaluate and monitor your school improvement plan
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