Paragon Science Academy will ensure that all students will receive appropriate intervention/enrichment opportunities necessary to improve student academic mastery and success. Learning loss support will be provided across the school. Students will also benefit from a tighter collaborative planning and monitoring system between the classroom teachers and support staff, including shared lesson plans and formative assessment data collection, which will be done weekly. This provides consistent, targeted instruction and aligned interventions. Paragon will continue providing an extended summer school program for students in grades K-12 Students and families will be given the opportunity to attend an orientation session prior to the first day of school.
The school improvement plan will also include expanded tutoring sessions, remediation and intervention opportunities, and the use of a progress monitoring tool to identify, diagnose and assess learning gaps. Paragon uses NWEA and I-Ready Benchmark Assessments to assist teachers in identifying and closing achievement gaps. Additional personnel will be designated to each grade level for the purpose of individualized learning and for reteaching and enrichment purposes.
Paragon is adopting AVID K-12 College & Career Readiness program. AVID addresses learning loss by accelerating learning for all students, which starts with ensuring that school leaders have instilled instruction, systems, leadership, and culture that support raising expectations and high achievement for all. Also, AVID models SEL and relational capacity building for educators so they can model this in the classroom. The AVID Elective equips students with academic and social and emotional learning skills to support them in their core content classes and beyond. AVID equips educators with instructional practices needed to create highly engaging learning experiences in digital, face-to-face, and hybrid classrooms.
Another program we'll implement this school year is Character Strong. Character Strong curricula and trainings are focused on fostering the Whole Child with vertically-aligned lessons that teach SEL and character, side-by-side. SEL Competencies covered in the curricula are Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making.
ESSER funds will also allow our school to implement PBIS with fidelity. The school-wide PBIS provides the framework for promoting social-emotional competencies to improve outcomes for the whole child. The school personnel teaches social-emotional competencies within a PBIS framework to support systematic, school-wide implementation. MTSS is an integral part of PBIS. A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a data-driven, problem-solving framework to improve outcomes for all students. MTSS relies on a continuum of evidence-based practices matched to student needs. PBIS is an example of MTSS centered on social behavior. At Paragon, we will utilize the online DATA tracking system, SWIS, to target those students who will be needing TIER-3 intervention.