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Jeffco Thrives 2025

Introducing Jeffco Thrives 2025, the Strategic Plan for Jeffco Public Schools that is built on an opportunity to move our district from good to great to extraordinary.

jeffco thrives 2025

WHY WE EXIST


Vision

Our vision is for Jeffco Public Schools to be a thriving district where all students achieve their biggest dreams.

 

Mission

Our mission is to provide a world-class education that prepares all Jeffco students for bright and successful futures as local and global citizens.

 

Values

Focus on Students: In Jeffco, we make decisions and measure outcomes based on how well we serve our students. We exist to help students succeed and act with intensity to give our students the education they need and deserve, today.

Excellence: In Jeffco, we aspire to be a world-class school district which requires us to inspire one another to make an impact, focus on solutions, maximize our partnerships, and hold ourselves accountable for successful outcomes for all students.

Equity: In Jeffco, not all students, staff, and families are starting from the same place nor do they need the same things to reach their fullest potential. We view individual differences as assets to be leveraged as we help all students thrive.

Integrity: In Jeffco, acting with integrity creates honesty, trust, responsibility, and a spirit of transparency. It is a constant commitment to do the right thing for our students, staff, families, and community.

Belonging: In Jeffco, we cultivate environments where all students, staff, families, and members of our community are safe, accepted, respected, included, encouraged by others, and feel that their voices and perspectives are valued.

The Jeffco Thrives 2025 framework currently under review by our community has four priority areas and six guiding focuses. The Framework should be viewed through the lens of alignment to the District vision, mission, and values statements, which have been revised by our Board of Education.


HOW WILL WE ADDRESS OUR "WHY"


Priorities

Our Learners, Our Future; Our People: Our Strength; Our Operations: Our Foundation; Our Communities: Our Legacy

Goals

Strategic goal areas and measures of success targets.

Strategies

Our strategies/plans to achieve our goals.


WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO TO ACHIEVE OUR "HOW"


Initiatives

Our areas of focus, what we need to do to support our strategies.

Key Actions

High-level actions to achieve the initiatives.


2022-2023 MAJOR INITIATIVES THAT SPAN ALL 4 PRIORITIES


Major Initiative 1: Implement Healthy & Equitable Start & End Time

  • Implementation of new start and end times for the 2023-24 school year

 

Major Initiative 2: Regional Opportunities for Thriving Schools

  • Superintendent recommends schools for consolidation and the District is adequately prepared to support the recommendations including impacted students and staff. 

 

Major Initiative 3: Develop a thriving and inclusive culture aligned with the District's values

  • Values-based employee recognition initiatives

 

Major Initiative 4: Implement a data dashboard

  • Dashboard is launched during the 2022-23 school year

 

 

PRIORITY 1: OUR LEARNERS. OUR FUTURE.


Goal 1: All Jeffco students experience a culture of instructional excellence.

Measures of Success

  • All students reading on grade level by 3rd grade.
  • Every 5th and 8th grade student will be proficient in mathematics. 
  • Ensure every 9th grade student remains on track to graduate by the end of freshman year with a minimum of 6 credits.
  • All students will graduate from Jeffco with the knowledge and skills needed for post-secondary life.

Strategy: Consistent, rigorous academic expectations for all students

INITIATIVE 1: Ensure use of high-quality instructional materials and practices align to research and data.

Action Steps

  • Develop sustainable cycle to purchase and replace high-quality instructional materials
  • Use Multi-Tiered System of Supports as a prevention-based framework to improve the outcomes of every student      
  • Ensure every student has access to enrichment, intervention and acceleration opportunities matched to student needs.
    •  Gifted and talented center schools and programming, appropriate programs and instruction for emerging bilingual students,, after school programming, advanced coursework, AP, IB, CTE, Dual-Language, Students with Disabilities, Concurrent enrollment, etc.

INITIATIVE 2: Ensure all students are reading on grade level by the beginning of 3rd grade.

Action Steps

  • Implement high-quality instructional materials for literacy with aligned professional learning around evidence-based practices
  • Establish a common culture of instructional excellence through effective monitoring & feedback of the instructional core
  • Effectively use a multi-tiered system of support to ensure mastery of foundational reading skills by the end of second grade
  • Expand access to universal preK- and ensure curricular & instructional alignment to K-⅚
  • Strategic use of high dosage tutoring

INITIATIVE 3: Ensure every student is proficient in mathematics at 5th and 8th grades.

Action Steps

  • Implement high-quality instructional materials for mathematics with professional learning aligned to NCTM, Colorado
  • Academic Standards and mathematical practices
  • Establish a common culture of instructional excellence through effective monitoring & feedback of the instructional core
  • Effectively use a multi-tiered system of support to ensure mastery of grade level standards
  • Expand access to universal preK- and ensure curricular & instructional alignment to K-⅚
  • Strategic use of high dosage tutoring at middle school level

INITIATIVE 4: Ensure every 9th grade student remains on track to graduate by the end of freshman year with a minimum of 6 credits.

Action Steps

  • Development of a data culture and dashboard system that monitors attendance, behavior, credit attainment and discipline with expectations for intervention when data indicates students are falling behind or not succeeding, to ensure all students are progressing and on-track
  • Professional development plan for consistent use of best practices in instruction and grading/ demonstrations of learning aligned to research around student success
  • Strategic use of high dosage tutoring and credit recovery at high school

INITIATIVE 5: Ensure all students graduate from Jeffco with the knowledge and skills needed for post-secondary life.

Action Steps

  • Improve current ICAP process with appropriate tools
  • All students on track to demonstrate Postsecondary Workforce Readiness for at least one measure in Reading, Writing & Communicating and one measure in Mathematics by middle of 11th grade
    • Monitor and communicate student progress toward PWR demonstration attainment
    • Individualized graduation plan for all students not on track
    • Utilize PSAT and SAT data for both individual students and overall school and district data analysis to ensure courses within the student experience are preparing students for post-secondary life.
  • Develop Community, Business and Education task force to address High School 2.0 - preparing our students for their future, not our past
  • Provide district-wide tools for credit recovery
  • Development of a data culture and dashboard system that monitors attendance, behavior, credit attainment and discipline to ensure all students are progressing and on-track to graduate on time
  • Develop flexible credit course opportunities by partnering core content teachers with elective and CTE teachers
  • Expand CTE opportunities to align with local workforce demands
  • Expand alternative pathway options for middle and high school students to ensure all students graduate.
  • Ensure appropriate career and vocational instruction is provided as part of Transition programming for eligible students with disabilities, including community-based work experiences, to prepare each student for community employment and meaningful daily experiences.
  • Ensure appropriate instruction and opportunities in independent living are provided as part of Transition programming for eligible students with disabilities to prepare students for living in their adult community.

Goal 2: All Jeffco students have extraordinary student experiences that recognize their strengths, challenge them to improve, and support them to succeed.

Measures of Success

Develop Monitoring Reports, aligned to policy and goals around

  • Staffing, 
  • Enrollment in electives and AMP 
  • Involvement in extracurricular athletics and activities
  • Enrollment in GT center programs  
  • Annual matriculation data - college, CTE, military service and workforce
  • CTE course completion and certifications accomplished data
  • Attendance, discipline, credits, drop-out and withdrawal data
  • Provide the Board of Education with annual reports around climate and culture utilizing stakeholder survey data.

Strategy: Positive and inclusive school cultures

INITIATIVE 1: Ensure access to opportunities that enrich the student experience and strengthen school culture.

Action Steps

  • Provide elementary Jeffco students with opportunities in every school that include:
    • AMP Experiences
    • CTE Experiences 
    • STEM Experiences
    • Learning that prepares students for the future - the VUCA world: 
    • Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity
    • SEL Programming and Support
    • Mental Health and Wellness Support
    • Extracurricular, acceleration, and enrichment experiences
  • Provide secondary Jeffco students with opportunities in each of the above and include, but are not limited to:
    • Extra-curricular athletics 
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Career and Technical Education 
    • Student clubs and interest groups 
    • School to career experiences
    • Internships/Work experiences
  • Utilize frequent stakeholder pulsing and annual survey feedback for on-going check-in metrics on school culture and student experiences
  • Develop an exit survey system for students and families who leave our district and/or complete education within our system.
INITIATIVE 2: Ensure all students have access to effective intervention supports and systems.

Action Steps

  • Audit and ensure effective Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports and materials are available to address the diverse range of student needs.

 

PRIORITY 2: OUR PEOPLE. OUR STRENGTH.


Goal 1: A collaborative, inclusive team culture with high expectations for staff and student performance contributes to instructional excellence and extraordinary student experiences.

Measures of Success

  • Team members align on common goals and on interpersonal norms that ensure success for both individuals and the group as a whole as measured by employee engagement survey with ability to compare to similar organizations 
  • Monitoring reports:  annual staffing data - hiring, recruit/retain, quality of staff etc.; Professional development report.

Strategy: Attract and retain top talent

INITIATIVE 1: Strategically recruit high performing employees and offer competitive compensation

Action Steps

  • Develop a strategic recruitment and retention plan, with consideration of differentiated pay for hard to fill positions.
  • Work annually with all employee groups to examine cost of living (COLA), budget parameters,  as well as market competitiveness, negotiate and bargain within master agreement and/or agreed upon processes.
INITIATIVE 2: Providing impactful professional development and growth-related activities

Action Steps

  • Develop a multi-year, cyclical professional development plan that addresses the needs of all employee groups within the realm of professional practices, compliance and legal requirements
  • Data-driven continuous improvement cycle of professional practice
INITIATIVE 3: Building a community of diverse professionals who cultivate a sense of belonging for all

Action Steps

  • Commit to shared leadership structures in schools and departments that encourage all team members to contribute support collaboration, employee voice in decision making, and respect for peers
  • Development of equity, diversity and inclusion-focused training/learning for all employees
  • Increase the number of employees of color we hire who are representative of diversity in our district
INITIATIVE 4:

Action Steps

  • Build capacity in the organization for collective efficacy through targeted organizational culture work focused on a student-centered mindset and service-based model.
  • Implement pilot involving 6-10 schools administering nationally normed climate and culture survey to establish baseline data in year 1, with full roll-out of survey in year 2.  Utilize data from national climate and culture survey to establish goals and further action plans.
  • Develop and implement ongoing employee engagement and recognition efforts

 

PRIORITY 3: OUR OPERATIONS. OUR FOUNDATION.


Goal 1: Physical environments and operational services in Jeffco contribute to instructional excellence and extraordinary student experiences.

Measures of Success

  • Facility Conditions Index (FCI) measures facility quality 
  • Through annual perception survey data, staff indicate that operational services are effective and adequate
  • All schools are provided with internet bandwidth equity and are part of the district 1:1 device program

Strategy: Excellent operational services

INITIATIVE 1: Improve facility quality and adequacy for students and community

Action Steps

  • Complete the 2018 - 2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Improve management of the CIP including updates to procurement practices, accounting approaches, reporting and management

INITIATIVE 2: Improve overall operational service to schools and departments

Action Steps

  • Implement new structures for internal feedback loops  (e.g., annual satisfaction survey, focus groups, etc.)
  • Evaluate approaches to efficient food preparation and service that continue to distribute of healthy meals for students
  • Implement service-oriented architecture and publish service levels for primary operational services
  • Scope, plan and transition to a new enterprise resource planning (erp) system that effectively supports all operational and human resources functions

INITIATIVE 3: Provide equitable technology and technological services to students

Action Steps

  • Increase internet bandwidth and reliability by completing the JeffcoNet Fiber project
  • Provide 1:1 access for students to devices through the expansion of the Tech4Ed program
  • Build tools, processes and a data culture to support all stakeholders to better utilize data

Goal 2: Jeffco’s resources are deployed strategically to ensure long-term sustainability

Measures of Success

  • Jeffco preserves at least 13% of annual general fund (GF) operating expenditures in reserve 

Strategy: Resource sustainability

INITIATIVE 1: Improve long-term financial sustainability

Action Steps

  • Deploy new software and processes to improve multi-year forecasting for operating and capital expenditures
  • Engage stakeholders in a process to right size programs and operations to bring expenditures in line with revenues

INITIATIVE 2: Increase transparency, engagement and understanding of core resource allocation processes

Action Steps

  • Redesign school-based budgeting process and model to improve equity and ensure financial sustainability, aligned to district strategic plan values and priorities.
  • Affirm commitment to sustained investment in facilities over time

 

PRIORITY 4: OUR COMMUNITY. OUR LEGACY.


Goal 1: Positive, mutually respectful and trusting connections with Jeffco families and our community partners to support student success.

Measures of Success

  • Family School Partnership Survey
  • Make Your Voice Heard
  • TLCC Survey
  • Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 
  • SSIS 

Strategy: Student and Family Engagement and Community Partnership

INITIATIVE 1: Provide varied, meaningful, and accessible ways for parents to engage with their children’s learning

Action Steps

  • Using the CDE self-assessment rubric for Family, School and Community Partnership (FSCP), schools and central offices will partner with families to audit current policies and practices to create action plans for improvement districtwide that include each of the following 4 Essential Elements:
    • Create an Inclusive Culture
    • Building Trusting Relationships 
    • Design Capacity Building
    • Opportunities 
    • Dedicate Necessary Resources

INITIATIVE 2: Increase two-way communication among families and schools and opportunities for shared decision making

Action Steps

  • Implement and utilize Family Engagement best practice as defined in the CDE FSCP Framework.
  • Provide interpreters, written translations, and culturally relevant resources reflective of home language through translation and interpretation services.
  • Ensure there is inclusion of diverse families and perspectives in decisions made by committees, including but not limited to SAC/DAC.

INITIATIVE 3: Contribute to the health and well-being of students and their families

Action Steps

  • Support all students by providing on-demand mental and physical health via telehealth services as appropriate.
  • Provide students and families have access to resources and community partners that support their health, safety, and stability
  • Ensure parent and student groups are accessible to increase belonging, inclusion and well-being.

INITIATIVE 4: Prioritizing welcoming and inclusive school cultures

Action Steps

  • Develop a Jeffco Thrives Welcoming & Inclusive Playbook/Toolkit with supported progress monitoring tools.
  • Develop a multi-year, cyclical professional development plan that provides Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion professional learning to educators, staff, and families.
  • Develop a professional development plan for admin and staff on the consistent use of best practices for equitable student discipline and restorative practices.

INITIATIVE 5: Foster new and strengthen existing community partnerships within Jeffco metro area

Action Steps

  • Assess our current network of community and partners and establish an accessible, centrally managed CRM system.
  • Establish and communicate the processes for partnering with schools and central offices. 
  • Actively pursue partnerships to assist the district in meeting the goals of Jeffco Thrives 2025.
  • Actively collaborate with partners to ensure the district is responsive to the perspectives, needs and strengths of underrepresented students, families, and communities.
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