Schools may choose to describe up to two additional pieces of information about how their school is supporting students. These self-reported indicators are not factored into school accountability calculations but provide the opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs or practices in addition to the indicators included in school accountability.
Social & Emotional Programs Implemented
During the 2019-2020 school year, Clayton staff members implemented a variety of school wide systems revolving around social and emotional supports for students. Second Steps, a program that focuses on anti-bullying and anti-harassment, was taught to students on a regular basis. The Mindful Schools program teachers students mindfulness practices and stress reduction techniques. Our counselors and social worker held monthly and weekly groups teaching these coping mechanisms to students and staff. To incorporate our Clayton community beyond the walls of the school, the Community of Caring program is taught by parents and volunteers monthly. This program promotes positive relationships with others. After implementing these programs, Clayton saw a drop in behavior referrals and an increase in academic success of students.
Curriculum and Assessment Lab
Clayton spent the second year of three on implementing a school wide curriculum and assessment program across all contents for the majority of students. The program is based around authentic learning experiences in supportive classroom environments. Students have opportunities to work in cohorts which creates a sense of community and continuity in their school experience. Students involved in programs that promote a sense of belonging. There are six performance results: Complex thinker and problem solver, effective communicator, cooperative group participant and leader, contributor to the community, quality worker and producer, and self-directed learner. Each month teachers instruct students on what it means to have the characteristics at school and in the community. This program has created a school climate of equality, togetherness, and empathy. Academic rigor and success increases each year as this program becomes more sustainable.