Gull Lake Community Schools is committed to continuous school improvement and accountability. School Improvement and Accreditation is the process to which the staff, administration, and Board of Education commit in order to meet a set of standards required for a quality education and desired outcomes.
The Office of School Improvement (OSI) and the Office of Education Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), in collaboration with AdvancED (North Central Accreditation) developed a model process for K-12 School Improvement efforts that we follow.
The Model of Process Cycle for School Improvement provides the foundation to address school improvement and promote student achievement through a comprehensive and systemic approach consisting of the following main tasks:
- Gathering data
- Analyzing/studying the data within the context of the School Improvement Framework
- Developing a School Improvement Plan
- Executing and evaluating this plan
The five strands of the Michigan School Improvement Framework that provides focus for Gull Lake Community Schools' improvement efforts and a target for accreditation are:
Strand I - Teaching for Learning
The school holds high expectations for all students, identifies essential curricular content, makes certain it is sequenced appropriately and is taught effectively in the available instructional times. Assessments used are aligned to curricular content and are used to guide instructional decisions and monitor student learning.
Strand II - Leadership
School leaders (not exclusive to administrators) create a school environment where everyone contributes to a cumulative, purposeful and positive effect on student learning.
Strand III - Personnel & Professional Learning
The school has highly qualified personnel who continually acquire and use skills, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs necessary to create a culture with high levels of learning for all.
Strand IV - School & Community Relations
The school staff maintains purposeful, active, positive relationships with families of its students and with the community in which it operates to support student learning.
Strand V - Data & Information Management
Schools/districts have a system for managing data and information in order to inform decisions to improve student achievement.