Following the School Board's approval of the Birth through Grade 5 (BG5) Academic Program Recommendations in August 2015, the district now moves to implementation of the recommendations, including several pilots for 2015-16.
The recommendations are intended to move Next Generation ideas
into Next Generation actions
in an effort to enhance learning and the student experience within the Edina Public Schools birth to grade five program. The recommendations are designed for implementation in a carefully articulated, phased-in approach that supports local action research, which in turn better informs a scaled implementation. Each recommendation is aligned to one or more of the four Core Strategies and developed with specific timeline-articulated actions.
This report articulates 10 recommendations that are essential to the advancement of the Next Generation of Edina Public Schools Strategic Plan – three district-wide recommendations and seven recommendations specific to the kindergarten to grade five program.
In the fall of 2013, Edina Public Schools began a Birth through Grade 5 Academic Program Study and implementation process to advance the learning of students from birth through grade 5. The purpose of this study is to develop a customized learning system that combines innovative choice and quality with accelerated and flexible learning. Some of the focus areas of the study include looking at curricular options; time, space and schedules; instructional delivery through technology; and planning, in partnership with families, to personalize learning throughout a student's academic journey. This initiative was based on the district's Next Generation Strategic Plan
approved by the board in 2012.Using input to gathered from teachers, students, and parents, as well as research collected from around the world on innovative schools, a team of school and district teachers and administrators developed options for what the EPS birth through grade 5 program could like in the future. Recommendations from this study seek to :
- enhance achievement for ALL students
- advance learning through innovation, technology and the use of time
- maximize funds, facilities and talents (resources)
- identify early childhood and elementary program direction(s)
- inform future facilities planning
- align with the recently completed Secondary Academic Recommendations
Through this research and development phase, the team identified recommendations, pilot studies, and a study of kindergarten through grade 5 (KG5) educational delivery. Nine pilot studies will occur during the 2015-16 school year and a KG5 study team has been formed to research educational delivery options.