The fundamental goal of the Whittier City School District is to continually examine and improve our practices to ensure that all students have the best opportunities to achieve high academic standards. To reach this goal and close the achievement gap between high achievers and struggling students, the District’s Instructional Services Department is committed to:
- Supporting teachers by providing access to timely and appropriate data on student performance on the California State Standards;
- Providing training to develop teachers’ knowledge and skill to analyze that data;
- Providing opportunities for teachers to collaboratively work in grade level and/or department level teams, scrutinizing data to monitor student learning and plan instructional units;
- Identifying areas of need and offer professional development to teachers on how to improve their instructional practices to address the needs of all students, including GATE students, Students with Disabilities and English Learners;
- Developing a comprehensive and effective “Response to Intervention” model that will support those students who are struggling academically and behaviorally;
- Providing professional development to teachers and schools leaders on how to develop, nurture and sustain effective “Professional Learning Communities”.