School Innovation & Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance

  • 2018-2019

  • School Innovation and Improvement

  • Bull Run Elementary Region 4

  • Jason Pensler, Principal

End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2019, 80% of students will improve their Creative and Critical Thinking skills by 5 points on the rubric.


Engage in problem solving, inquiry, and design of innovative solutions to overcome obstacles to improve outcomes (Creative and Critical Thinker)

  1. Learn to create and use rubrics to assess student work throughout PBL through the use of benchmarks and exemplars. 
  2. Support students in self-reflection as Creative and Critical Thinkers.
  3. Utilize the language of Driving Questions throughout the day and across content areas. 
  4. Refine and continue to develop specific criteria for each row of the Creative and Critical Thinker rubric (POG). 
  5. Incorporate Creative and Critical Thinker skills throughout the day. 
  6. Plan and implement at least 2 PBLs throughout the school year. 


End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June of 2019, 75% of students identified at risk by the universal screener in reading (at or below the 39th percentile) will make progress, according to the school-created growth chart, as measured by DRA2.


Provide rich core instruction along with appropriate instructional supports to help all students achieve academic excellence in reading.

  1. Implement small group reading instruction (guided reading, strategy groups, Charger Time) with fidelity based on needs. 
  2. Participate in professional development around word study and vocabulary. 
  3. Incorporate reading strategies into Morning Meeting, Closing Circle and throughout the day. Explicitly name reading strategies to heighten awareness. 
  4. Time for sustained independent reading to provide opportunities for students to practice reading and receive feedback through conferring. 
  5. Time for writing to provide opportunities for students to practice writing and receive feedback through conferring. 
  6. Use student writing to serve as mentor texts through a school-wide approach.