Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School

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School Learning Plan

La misión de Arco Iris es ofrecer instrucción de inmersión en español y un programa de matemáticas riguroso con el fin de preparar a los alumnos para que sean ciudadanos responsables y continúen su aprendizaje con valores firmes a lo largo de su vida. The mission of Arco Iris is to offer a high-quality education that includes Spanish immersion and a rigorous mathematical curriculum that will prepare students to be responsible citizens and lifelong learners with strong values. 
 
Our Story:
Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School began its eleventh year of operation on September 14, 2020. There are approximately 440 students enrolled in grades K-8.

Arco Iris families speak several different languages, with English being the predominant language, followed by Spanish. About 7% of students are English Language Learners, 4% receive special education services and about 18% receive free & reduced lunch. The White population is 42% and the Hispanic population is 45%. The remaining 13% is distributed among those identifying as Multiracial, Asian, Black-African American, Native Hawaiian and American Indian/Alaskan Native.

The school’s biggest challenge during the upcoming year is to provide a rigorous, accessible educational experience to all students using a comprehensive distance learning and/or a hybrid instructional model. Creating strong home to school connections and supporting students with the social emotional challenges of remote learning are foundational to overcoming this challenge.

Arco Iris has experienced significant staff and administrative turnover in the past, but the rate of change slowed between the 19-20 and 20-21 school years. This increased stability is key to helping the school make substantive progress toward the goals outlined in this plan.

Equity Area of Focus: 
 
Ground our schoolwide practices in an ongoing examination of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Academic Excellence Area of Focus:
 
Prioritize the achievement and growth of our ELL students and our historically underserved students in the content areas of Spanish and English Language Arts, and Math.
Collaboration Area of Focus: 
 
Increase our focus on data and instruction during teacher collaboration time by implementing a data teams framework.
 Equity Goal:
 
All students will experience an equitable and inclusive learning environment, with an emphasis on identification and elimination of implicit and explicit bias.
Academic Excellence Goal: 
 
All students will receive additional small group or 1:1 support in Spanish, Math and English Language Arts based on their specific academic needs.
Collaboration Goal: 
 
100% of teachers will participate in high quality, ongoing collaborative teams specifically targeting the school’s Equity and Academic Excellence Goals.
Key Strategies: 
 
Make equity and inclusion the focus of teacher professional development for the year. Utilize the expertise of staff members to lead discussions around defining terms, religious holidays, cultural celebrations, curriculum review, exploration of privilege, and implicit bias. Engage the community in conversations about equity and inclusion through the creation of an Equity Advisory Council made up of staff and parents, and through monthly community conversations. Tie teacher goal setting to equity and inclusion practices. Guide teachers in reviewing their lessons to make sure all students see themselves represented in the learning activities.
Key Strategies: 
 
Create a distance learning schedule that provides multiple opportunities for intervention and allows for small group instruction. Provide additional instructional time in Spanish by leveraging the expertise of our bilingual instructional assistants. Increase contact between home and school through the use of teacher office hours, parent surveys, virtual home visits. Prioritize outreach efforts to families who are struggling to engage in the CDL model. Use formal and information assessment data to make decisions about students who need additional instruction during intervention times.
Key Strategies:
 
Incorporate a learning focused meeting agenda into teacher team meetings at least once a month.. Ensure consistent instructional and assessment practices among grade level and content area teaching teams. Conduct data team meetings every 8 weeks to develop intervention plans for students who need academic and/or social-emotional support.