ACADEMIC MASTER PLAN
Why is There a Need for a District Plan?
- Families within the District 11 enrollment boundary are choosing schools and programs other than District 11’s
- Our current programming is not equitably accessible to all of our families
- Programming and pathways need to be strategically located in the District
Acronyms & Terms
AMP: Academic Master Plan
AP: Advanced Placement, college level credit courses offered at high schools
CDE: Colorado Department of Education
CTE: Career and Technical Education
DLIP: Dual Language Immersion Program
FMP: Facility Master Plan
GMP: Gifted Magnet Program
IB: International Baccalaureate
PRE-K: Pre-school and kindergarten
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Aligned Programming Pathways: Business and Industry Engagement: Establish a structured, sustainable process through which education and employer communities come together and use economic development data to set priorities. Career Pathways: Design and implement policies and related strategies to strengthen and scale career pathways that span secondary and postsecondary levels, include rigorous core academic and career-technical content, provide high-quality work-based learning opportunities and culminate in credentials that open doors to high-skill, high-demand jobs.
Capacity: the number of students a school building can hold.
Career Pathways: A series of connected education and training programs, work experiences, and student support services that enable individuals to secure a job or advance in a demand industry occupation.
Career and Technical Education (CTE): An education pathway that provides direction and instruction in areas leading to careers, work preparation, and life skills.
Dual Language Immersion Program (DLIP): Children spend all or a large portion of their day learning, in a natural way, a particular foreign language. It is a method of teaching a second language in which the learners’ second language (L2) is the medium of classroom instruction. Through this method, learners study school subjects, such as math, science, and social studies, in their L2. The main purpose of this method is to foster bilingualism.
Enrollment: The number of students attending a particular school or division.
Ethnicity: A socially defined category of people who identify with each other based on a perceived shared social experience or ancestry. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be associated with and ideologies of shared cultural heritage, ancestry, history, homeland, language or dialect, and with symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, physical appearance, etc.
Expanded College Options: The ability for a student to hold concurrent enrollment with a college while attending high school or by articulation with another school for credits toward graduation and/or a degree or certification.
Gifted Magnet Program (GMP): The District 11 Gifted Magnet Program fosters academic talent and provides social-emotional support in an immersive program housed at two elementary and two middle schools throughout the district. Students are accepted into the GMP based on a variety of assessment results.
International Baccalaureate: A non-profit, certified program for students aged 3 to 19 that seeks to “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.”
Magnet Schools: These are public schools with specialized curriculum. These schools draw students from across the normal boundaries of the district and are free and open to anyone, especially to attract students or groups of students who are marginalized as defined by the D11 Equity Policy. Magnet schools are accountable to state standards.
Quality Neighborhood Schools: All District 11 neighborhood schools will commit to equitable opportunities for all learners by using the Colorado 2020 Standards in all core subject areas, research based instructional strategies, the same equitable academic opportunities, curriculum which follows grade-by-grade content, concepts and skill building blocks much like spiraling curriculum models, with fidelity of treatment, and computer and technology skills.
Schools of Innovation: Schools applying for innovation status will leverage a design and implementation process that creates a community school model based on the personalized needs of their students, educators, and families and utilizes partnerships with community members, local businesses, and philanthropic organizations dedicated to student and community success within and beyond the school experience.
STEM: The entire school’s focus is on STEM and every student participates in a curriculum of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A STEM program within a larger school: Some schools create STEM academies within their schools that allow interested students to study STEM in more depth.
Online School ( virtual school or e-school or cyber-school): This program teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the Internet. It has been defined as "education that uses one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of an Academic Master Plan?
Overview: In 2019-20, the district conducted an analysis of programs (Programming Gap Analysis) to determine the effectiveness of the instruction schools were delivering. In that analysis, it was found that there were discrepancies and inequities from school to school promoting the same program, a lack of fidelity with implementation of programs and an alignment problem for students who wanted to follow a pathway of the program.
Collaborative District 11 teams will research, plan, and develop a two to five-year plan for the implementation of a new school, program, pathway, and/or process to increase student engagement and achievement and to strategically serve our community.
The central outcome is to provide the following in D11:
- Quality Neighborhood Schools
- Distinctive Magnet Schools and Programming
- Aligned Programming Pathways
- Expanded College and Career Options
- Equitable Access to Instructional Core
What is the process and timeline for the Academic Master Plan?
The District began initial planning and outlining steps for the AMP in the fall of 2019. Staff and community members were surveyed in the spring of 2020 for input on programs, best practices, school configurations, and how best to attract and retain students. Based on that input, the District compiled the information and began to draft ideas as to how to proceed over the next 5 years.
One major implementation in the fall of 2020 was providing transportation to Gifted Magnet School sites (Fremont, Stratton, Sabin, and West). This was done to ensure equity for all students who might qualify for the GMP but not have the means to get to the school.
With COVID-19, focus for the District needed to shift to develop remote learning plans and dealing with the pandemic. Thanks to the previous input from the community, it was determined that a Dual Language Immersion Program and an Online School would be prioritized for the 2021-22 school year. Sites have yet to be determined for these programs.
We are continuing our information gathering, along with the Facilities Master Plan team, by hosting a series of community/staff informational meetings in December of 2020. All interested groups or individuals will have a chance to be a part of the discussion moving forward. We envision that the work of the community will allow us to bring forward the recommendations for the AMP to the District Board of Education in February 2021.
What is the vision for D11 and how will the AMP tie to this vision?
The Academic Master Plan ties in with the District Strategic Plan, the D11 Graduate Profile, and D11 Equity Policy.
Why are we embarking on the AMP now?
The district is looking to the future and is determined to serve our community with the highest level of programming and pathways which will attract and retain students, providing the best educational offerings in the city.
How will the plan be implemented?
This process will allow the entire community to provide recommendations to D11’s school board by February 2021. It is a 5-year plan which will be subject to review yearly and adjusted to meet the needs of students. The Superintendent will move forward with the plan as directed by the school board.
Who will provide input on the development of the AMP?
Department heads, staff members, community partners, and the public will provide input via surveys and direct involvement in developing potential scenarios for consideration. Anecdotal and written suggestions will be noted and incorporated into the collected data.
Thus far, the information collected in the Spring of 2020 has been a large part of the AMP development. Continued community and staff meetings in December will help develop the future direction of the AMP. The development of ideas, options and recommendations will be submitted with the AMP to the School Board in February 2021.
Will teachers and administrators have a voice in the process?
Yes, all teachers and administrators are encouraged to participate in the process. All principals have been asked to invite their staff and community to rounds of informational meetings to be held via WebEx in December 2020. There will also be a video presentation of the meetings if people cannot attend one of the 16 WebEx meetings.
Will students have a voice in the process?
Yes. We encourage students to be a part of the WebEx experience. They can express the programs, pathways, and subject matter which is most important to them and that which has made the most impact in their life.
How will you ensure engagement with our Spanish speaking community members?
We are hosting one of the WebEx meetings with an interpreter and surveys will be available in Spanish.
Do you envision closing any schools?
The AMP is not about closing schools; it is about providing a quality, meaningful, and life-preparatory education at every site located in D11.
Will this make us more competitive with surrounding district?
The AMP will provide the framework for the programs that D11 will offer its students and families. We believe this framework will provide a diversity of educational options and pathways that will engage families within our community as well as those beyond our borders who are seeking the options D11 may afford them.
Is COVID-19 impacting the Academic Master Plan?
Yes. Due to the pandemic, it was impossible to hold World Cafes, a forum previously used to bring the community together for face-to-face discussions. The District is holding WebEx meetings in December to continue the gathering of information from our community and staff with surveys.
How can we be a part of the future planning once specific priorities are chosen?
Planning teams for the AMP will begin to meet in Q3 of 2020-21. Watch for more information.
QUALITY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS
Will pre-school remain in neighborhood schools?
Yes, D11 considers early education imperative for the success of students and to maintain neighborhood schools.
DISTINCTIVE MAGNET SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS
Why is the district considering STEM instead of STEAM?
The “A” for Arts in STEAM is mostly considered to be visual arts which is integral to the design functions within a STEM program. Focus on visual arts will be included in the development of the STEM programming in D11.
Where does pre-school fall in the magnet schools?
Pre-schools will be under consideration when implementing magnet schools and programs. There are different rules for pre-schools which will need to be taken into consideration.
Are we waiting to hear from the community to prioritize other magnet school programs in the 5-year plan?
Yes, we want to review the prioritization data coming from the community.
What would some of these magnet school programs look like?
The district is in the process of putting together specialized teams in 9 potential areas to look at what these programs could become. Teams will begin their planning work in Q3 of 2020-21.
If a school becomes a magnet school, what happens to the kids who attend there now?
Students who live in the area of a newly designated magnet school may continue to attend that school.
Could a school have 2 different magnet programs?
At this time, that is not a consideration. The purpose is to spread magnet programming equally across the district.
EQUITABLE ACCESS TO INSTRUCTIONAL CORE
How will equity be tied to Distinctive Magnet Schools and Programming?
As the AMP evolves over the next 5 years, the District proposes to provide transportation to magnet schools in order to provide equitable access for all students.
Will D11 still offer a Montessori program?
Yes! We are looking to expand the program in the future (2-5 years), possibly opening another site on the west side of the district.
Would there be an immersion school on both east and west sides of town?
We are beginning with a Dual Language Immersion Program on the west side of town, beginning in the fall of 2021-22. This program will focus on Spanish immersion. Based on community interest, another immersion school could be considered for the west side, to include another language.
What if I have a question that wasn’t answered in the FAQ’s?
Please go to the “Contact Us” webpage to submit questions or comments.