Race to the Top
Focus is a participant in the Race to the Top initiative where we have committed to improving our schools. This process is a four year transition towards meeting our goals. By 2014, Focus will be a model institution for its work in enabling students to succeed in their goal of graduating high school. In order to provide the best opportunities for a quality education, Focus will be providing the following for students, teachers, and administrators:
- Focus will improve upon the current system by developing and implementing online curriculum, models, and scaffolds that can be molded to each student.
- Students will be given base-line standards assessments which will determine their current knowledge and abilities, as well as pinpoint their learning style.
- A system of formative and summative assessments will guide the instruction
- Incorporate videotape lessons from the instructors and upload them into the curriculum.
- Students will also have the opportunity to showcase their work through an online portfolio
including assessment data, pieces of student work, and progress reports.
- Focus will create a database where all student data could be easily accessible.
- Teachers would also have the opportunity to create and add to their own professional portfolios.
- Teachers will be given opportunities to see their colleagues teach and engage in professional conversations about teaching practices
- Performance based incentives will be given.
- By having electronic portfolios for staff and students and a database with formative and summative assessment results, administrators will be able to gain additional insight into the performance of the school.
- Focus will partner with an institution of higher education to help our teachers and staff stay up-to-date with the latest Best Practices and high-quality teaching pedagogies.
- By providing professional development opportunities for teachers, compiling and analyzing data to drive important decisions, and partnering with an institution of higher learning, Focus hopes to deliver the highest quality education possible.