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Middle States Action Plan
From 2008-2010, the Hunter College Campus Schools (High School and Elementary) undertook an extensive self-evaluation and strategic planning process in preparation for an accreditation evaluation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which resulted in a successful accreditation in the spring of 2010. Parents contributed enormous amounts of feedback and assessment throughout the process and now are participating in Action Plan Committees that provide blueprints for the school to move ahead on its seven-year goals. The committees, which include faculty and administrators, are overseen by faculty member Kim Airoldi, the school's Middle States Internal Coordinator; HCHS parent members are listed below in parenthesis. All can be reached through contact information in the Online Directory. Periodic updates on the Action Plan will be published in Hilites.
2012-2013 Action Plan Committees:
- School Ethics and Culture. The goal of the committee is to implement a whole-school, global approach to school ethics and culture. Rather than limiting its focus to trouble spots (hallway behavior, cyber-bullying) or addressing these issues in many disparate places and ways, the committee would create a system that (1) uses a common vocabulary throughout the school and from year to year; (2) builds in more integration and communication between groups and events; and (3) focuses on positive community development. To achieve its goal, the committee’s work would include assessing the current work being done at HCHS in this area, researching best practices that fit the HCHS community, and presenting alternatives to the larger faculty for discussion. (parent members : Kelli Henry, Laura Strasfeld)
- Diversity. Plan speakers and/or programs to expand our community discussion of diversity, using the money contributed by the Senior Gift of the Class of 2011. Evaluate the role that the cultural clubs can and do have in creating a positive environment in the school . Design and implement ongoing Professional Development activities/workshops. (Beth Bacon, Chandra Travis)
- Governance. Formulate a proposal for the future governance structure for the Campus Schools. Finalize a proposal for an Advisory Panel to aid in communication with the college. (Jennifer Freeman)
2011-2012 Action Plan Committees:
- Cyber-bullying/Internet Safety. Examine our current approach to cyber-bullying and internet-safety instruction. Revise our cyber-bullying policy, research outside programs and peer-school approaches. Propose improvements to our current protocols. (Parents: Emily Kirshen, Laura Josephs, Nandini Nathani)
- Diversity. Plan speakers and/or programs to expand our community discussion of diversity, using the money contributed by the Senior Gift of the Class of 2011. Evaluate the role that the cultural clubs can and do have in creating a positive environment in the school . (Beth Bacon, Chandra Travis)
- Stress. Evaluate the two anti-stress initiatives in the high school—the homework-free nights and the new January exam period.
- Middle School Transition. Examine the middle school transition process and propose revisions to that program, using data from surveys done with the 7th graders last year.
- Struggling Students. Analyze data aimed at determining how and when we might first identify students who are in danger of ongoing academic difficulties.
- Technology Curriculum. Develop a specific technology curriculum plan for the high school, building upon the work begun last year. (Jacob Brickman, Peter Glus)
- Curriculum. Evaluate our new cross-departmental units in the 7th and 8th grades. Consider new long-range curricular initiatives.
- Governance. Formulate a proposal for the future governance structure for the Campus Schools. Finalize a proposal for an Advisory Panel to aid in communication with the college. (BJ Paik)
- Admissions. Develop possible new approaches to recruitment and admissions .
2010-2011 Action Plan Committees:
Health/Wellness aims for HCCS students to demonstrate increased physical and mental wellness through involvement in a strong culture and conditions that support and affirm wellness. (Ruth Graver and Joel Katz)
- School Culture aims for HCCS students to demonstrate a stronger culture of community, respect, ethics, and citizenship. (Beth Bacon and Chandra Travis)
- Curriculum aims for HCCS to better define its curriculum in order to facilitate K-12 interdepartmental and interdisciplinary coordination through review and revision of content; development of benchmarks for integrated technology; increased interaction with the academic resources available at Hunter College and CUNY; and professional development for faculty to support curricular growth. (Lise Martina and Jacob Brickman)
Admissions, Retention and Student Support aims to identify, support and retain a more diverse student body; enhance outreach and recruitment efforts; increase four-year graduation rate of underrepresented groups; retain on-staff learning specialists to serve students with special needs; hire an adequate number of school psychologists (or social workers) to be consistent with NYC public schools; and create a system for early identification and intervention for struggling students. (Marilyn Bennett Wegh and Dennis Xie).
- Governance and Leadership aims to improve transparency, clarity and communication across all levels of governance; clarify internal procedures and systems; create faculty handbook; evaluate, recommend, and make changes to existing hiring procedures; improve and create system for providing feedback to administrative staff; research alignment of administrative roles with the HCCS mission statement and best practices of gifted education; clarify systems that HCCS uses to interact with Hunter College; orient facilities and engineering departments to collaborate with HCCS to meet the needs of the building; improve communication between HCCS and Hunter College/CUNY to facilitate the educational mission of the school. (BJ Paik)