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September 20, 2018

Fulton’s Next CDEP In The Works


FULTON, NY – The FCSD Comprehensive District Education Plan Committee met recently at a planning workshop to discuss district goals and student achievement for the next three years.

Members of Fulton school district's CDEP committee attend a planning workshop to discuss district goals and student achievement for the next three years. From left are: Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner; FJHS Principal Ryan Lanigan; Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Betsy Conners; Instructional Coach Pamela McHenry; Director of Instructional Support Services Dan Carroll; sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Stoddard; and Director of Literacy and Universal Pre-K Carrie Waloven.

Members of Fulton school district’s CDEP committee attend a planning workshop to discuss district goals and student achievement for the next three years. From left are: Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner; FJHS Principal Ryan Lanigan; Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Betsy Conners; Instructional Coach Pamela McHenry; Director of Instructional Support Services Dan Carroll; sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Stoddard; and Director of Literacy and Universal Pre-K Carrie Waloven.

According the school website, “The FCSD CDEP plan coordinates the district instructional programs, curricula, assessments, grant supported programs and policies and procedures toward the goal of ensuring student mastery of the NYS learning standards.”

The current CDEP will conclude at the end of this June.

The Center for Instruction Technology and Innovation’s Director of Instructional Support Services Iraina Gerchman gave the presentation advising how to move forward in the planning process.

“One of the things we need to do with our plans is narrow our focus and be intentional with everything we are going to do,” said Gerchman.

Gerchman spoke about transforming the district’s mission statement into measurable goals, challenging leadership to channel their good intentions into action statements that will have real impact.

A few suggestions were to assign specific staff to action statements in order to sustain accountability, to make specific goals, to schedule regular meetings and to create predetermined deadlines.

Improving instruction methods is nearly impossible without the analysis of data. So last year, the district invested time into training all staff and teachers on Data Driven Instruction (DDI).

Now, the district would like to work on communicating the importance of implementing the model effectively.

“We need to raise awareness of why adherence to each step of the model is essential in making sure we are doing everything with fidelity.” said Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner.” If we don’t implement it well or implement it fully, then we will never see the impact.”

Gerchman indicated that instilling a culture of looking at data will support a communal observance of standards and assessments, ensuring that the systems in place are working and helping to identify areas of improvement.

“It all starts with a vision of what you want for the students in your district,” said Gerchman.

Superintendent Bill Lynch says the FCSD is committed to making an impact in its students’ lives.

“We are about good teaching focused on the right kind of learning,” said Lynch.

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