Strategic Initiatives & Hot Topics

Strategic Planning
The Schenectady City School District began the Strategic Planning process in September 2018.  Click here for the process and updates.

The Institute for Learning
Building capacity of teachers, growing leaders and practicing accountabl
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The Schenectady City School District is collaborating with The Institute for Learning (IFL) on professional development to bridge  the domains of research and practice, to bring Schenectady educators current knowledge, research, tools, and models related to instruction and district design.
More about this work

Development of Trauma Informed Schools
Under Tenet 5 of the District Comprehensive Education Plan (DCIP), the Office of Pupil Personnel Service is leading the development and implementation of pro-social curriculum to support social and emotional developmental health of students.   This work includes developing and implementing trauma informed schools.

Addressing Disproportionality
We are working the New York University Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools to understand what disproportionality is and how it relates to our student outcomes and then to explore the root causes and to address disproportionality in practice.  
Addressing Disproportionality in our schools

School Improvement
The district has academic achievement targets to meet within each school in the district and an outline of work guided by tenets of practice.   Take a look at the Improvement Plan Summary

Our Literacy Plan K-3
This Schenectady City School District Literacy Plan K-3 serves  as a guide for teachers and leaders as they prepare to develop students into proficient readers and writers, independent and critical thinkers and effective communicators. The District Literacy Plan for Grades K-3 serves as a guide to the components of literacy and should be used as a framework to plan an integrated reading and writing block based on Common Core Learning Standards and District curriculum.
More about our Literacy Initiative 

Our Literacy Plan 4-12

Curriculum Writing

School-Based Support Team Redesign

Special Education Redesign

Extended School Day

Advocating for Equity in School Funding
New York distributes school aid in a way that gives districts with a majority non-white population a lower percentage of school aid than what is prescribed by law especially when compared to school districts with a majority of white students.  Foundation Aid is not being implemented as per its original design of adequacy and equity.  SCSD has filed a Civil Rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.   
More about Advocacy Efforts and How You Can Advocate for Equitable Funding.

Capital Project
The Schenectady City School District is in the process of implementing a long range renewal plan that includes construction and updates to all of the district schools.  The plan ensures ongoing maintenance, moderate reconstruction and renovation of the district buildings.  It also addresses overcrowding in some schools, forecasted enrollment shifts across the city, equity issues and deteriorating conditions at some of the district's oldest buildings.  Overview and Phasing of Capital Project Work ‚Äč

Testing water for lead became a law in New York State on September 6, 2016. Under the law, school districts must collect samples from every source of water used for drinking and cooking.  Results

Smart Schools Investment Plan
The Smart Schools Bond Act, which was passed as part of the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved during the 2014 General Election, authorizes the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout New York State.   Preliminary Investment Plan Phase I  Preliminary Investment Plan Phase I 




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