CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT WORK PLANS (CIWP):
- Chairperson: Principal Crespo
- Staff/Teacher members: Assistant Principal Alvarez, Mrs. Nissim, Mrs. Gyftakos,
Mrs. Bricker, Mrs. Vecchioni, Mr. Rabiola, Mrs. Cavey
- LSC: Bill Baker (community), Greg Foster-Rice (parent)
- Parents: Erica Lauf, Jessica Fuentes, and Vanessa Herman
CIWP POST-IT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Parent feedback was very helpful to the CIWP team. Teachers and staff took all questions submitted on post-its at the May 6th meeting and prepared a document answering them. Please note that there some Drama responses that have not yet been responded to due to getting ready for spring performances. These answers will be added soon. Read Q&A here.
MAY 13, 2014
At the May 13 meeting, the LSC will voted to approve the CIWP and the budget before submitting them to the Network Office.
MAY 12, 2014
CIWP Update - May 12, 2014
Thanks to everyone who attended the May 6 CIWP Meeting and to the teachers who put together their presentations on the priorities! With the help of Waters community feedback, the CIWP is entering its final draft stages. Please come to the next meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:00pm.
The most recent draft of the CIWP can be found here. There may be some minor additions pertaining to the budget before the Tuesday, May 13 meeting but this is very close to final and includes all sections.
Members of the LSC appreciate your patience and participation -- your feedback was very helpful to the CIWP team. Although not every comment fit within the scope of the CIWP (and therefore could not be included in the final draft), teachers and administration are preparing a set of responses to the most frequently asked questions and will share them at a future date.
MAY 6, 2014
CIWP Update from May 6 presentation of Draft Document
We had a great turnout at the CIWP draft presentation -- thanks to all who were able to attend, hear from our CIWP Team and offer feedback! For those of you not able to attend, please look at the current draft of the Mission, Priorities, and Milestones here.. You may also offer your feedback via a survey at http://bit.ly/1jbyhHt Please note that due to the extremely tight turnaround time with CPS we hope you can fill out your feedback by Thursday, May 8. Our apologies but along with every other school in CPS we were not given a lot of time to return the completed CIWP to CPS. Also, our apologies for the watermarking on the document, but it was requested by CPS. A more complete draft will be forthcoming next week.
APRIL 22, 2014
(Click here to see Key Dates for Spring Planning)
The CIWP is our biennial strategic plan and the process for completing it includes two public meetings to solicit your comments/input on Tuesday May 6 and Tuesday May 13 at 6pm. For a synopsis of the powerpoint from the April 22, 2014 LSC Meeting, please download a PDF here: CIWP Process Overview 2014.
CIWP Version History:
The CIWP process has involved a somewhat twisty and confusing history that we will outline here including links to relevant documents. In April 2012, CPS surprised schools by changing the annual strategic plan from the SIPAAA format (School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement) to the CIWP (Continuous Improvement Work Plan). Waters’ first CIWP for 2012-14 was put together under a tight deadline and was turned into CPS in May 2012 and officially approved and posted by CPS online in the fall of 2012. The file posted online is the Official Approved Waters CIWP 2012-14, but it has some typographic errors due to a corrupt excel file that CPS seemed unable to fix.
In August 2013, the LSC hosted a series of public meetings in an effort to repair the corrupt excel file ourselves and also to address some desired changes to the document, including a more robust Mission & Vision and Strategic Priorities that aligned with our mission (Literacy, Math, Science, Arts and Technology). Those proposed adjustments are available here, in a One-Page Synopsis of the Proposed Changes to CIWP which was also presented at the November 2013 LSC Meeting. Shortly thereafter, CPS alerted us that the entire process for CIWPs would be changing yet again in Spring 2014 so rather than approve something that would be quickly outdated, they strongly recommended that we wait for the new CIWP Procedures.
We waited patiently and finally heard from CPS on April 14, 2014 at which point we received the new CIWP guidelines, which are detailed in the CIWP Process Overview 2014. In that document you will see that there are now 6 priorities – 3 of the priorities are chosen by CPS for every school, 2 of the priorities were triggered by our Diverse Learner (SPED) and EL (English Learner) populations, which left us with 1 priority to choose from 4 mandated options. The administration chose Art to match up with our Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster status. Unfortunately, along with the long wait for the new guidelines, CPS only gave us until May 9 to complete the 2014-16 CIWP (we asked for and received an extension to May 14). Given that quick turnaround time, Mrs. Crespo selected a CIWP Team that could quickly put forth an initial draft, as is mandated by the process. The CIWP Team will present that draft to the public and take comments/suggestions on May 6 at 6pm, after which adjustments can be made, and then again on May 13 at 6pm. The LSC needs to vote on the final draft at the end of the May 13 Meeting so that it can be turned into the Network by May 14. At that point, the CIWP Team effectively dissolves and the CIWP is used as a guide for 2014-16 by the teacher ILTs (Instructional Leadership Teams) and monitored by the LSC. To CPS’ credit, the process for generating and monitoring CIWPs in 2014-16 is much more clear and also mandates more regular public progress monitoring of the CIWP with LSC presentations devoted to the CIWP every Fall and Spring. We apologize if any of this has been confusing and hope this history clarifies things. If you have questions or would like to offer advanced feedback on the CIWP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.