Long Range Planning

 Purpose of Long Range Planning

Teachers are required to complete long-range plans for the purpose of creating a "road map" for the year. Competent planning is essential to maximize the delivery of high quality instruction to all students throughout the year. Long-range plans enable teachers to appropriately pace instruction, ensure that all of the achievement standards are adequately addressed, acquire necessary materials in a timely manner and meet the individual needs of the students assigned. Using the long-range plans as a guide, teachers ensure that short-range plans are appropriately integrated into the overall instructional scheme. Long-range plans are developed as "working" documents with adjustments and revisions considered inevitable.

A copy of the Long-range plan must be provided for all TEAM committee members to review. This is the first step in the ADEPT evaluation process. The TEAM will provide complete informative feedback to the teacher in a timely fashion. Thus increasing the likelihood that a solid foundation has been developed for the teacher to build upon throughout the school year.

Teachers are encouraged to refer to the Colleton County Teacher Evaluation Instrument to review the ADEPT Comptetent Performance Description for Long-Range Planning.

Long Range Plans are to include the following required elements in the order presented:

1. A description of the students indicating a thorough understanding of their ability levels, backgrounds, interests and needs.

2. Long-range learning and developmental goals for all subjects being taught.

3. The instructional units being taught during the year.

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The units are to be consistent with the long range goals and logically sequenced with sufficient time provided to cover the key concepts and themes of the subject matter.

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The units are designed to expose students to a variety of intellectual, social and cultural perspectives.

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The units of instruction include references to the academic achievement standards.

4. The primary as well as any special instructional materials and resources needed for the school year.

5. An overall plan for assessing, evaluating and recording student progress and achievement.

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Appropriate assessment strategies are included.

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Appropriate evaluation criteria are included. (e.g. grading systems, rubrics, etc.)

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Appropriate procedures for maintaining records are included.

6. Rules and procedures for managing behavior.

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Rules and consequences are age appropriate and stated in positive terms.

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Non-instructional routines are age appropriate and efficient

7. Procedures for routinely communicating with parents.

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The procedures are designed to keep parents informed and actively involved in the learning process.

8. The long-range plan is regularly evaluated and adjusted - plans should include modifications that have had to be made throughout the year.