2020-21 School Improvement Plan including Ready for Learning Components



    Harrison School District is committed to providing a safe, inclusive learning environment that inspires excellence and empowers students to achieve college and career readiness.


    Collective Commitments


    • We will monitor each student’s learning to inform and improve instruction.
    • We will provide families with resources, strategies and information to keep them engaged in their child’s education.
    • We will work collaboratively and take collective responsibility for the success of each student. 
    • We will hold ourselves accountable for student learning and developing each student’s potential.
    • We will model everything we expect from our students, including life-long learning, positive behaviors, and respect.


    The Harrison School District School Improvement plan is a continuous cycle of studying data, planning for improvement, following the plan, checking on the success of the plan, then starting all over again by studying the data, planning for improvement, following the plan, and checking for success of the plan, etc.


    This district is continuing to monitor progress and results from test scores each year. Based on those results, the following categories have been updated.



    During the 2020-21 school year, we will continue to teach from day one, August 26, 2020 until school ends on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. We promise to provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum that will include options of onsite, blended, and offsite learning including all diagnostic assessments and state exams.

    Gaps created from unfinished learning during the conclusion of the 19-20 school year will be addressed utilizing the playbook from the State of Arkansas and district resources.

    All staff will utilize a Learning Management System. For K-6 this will be Google Classroom and for grades 7-12, it will be Canvas. Teachers will be trained as needed to appropriately utilize a LMS while creating blended instruction.

    Parents and students will be supported in every way possible as we explore education of the future.  We continue to be committed to Building the Future: Every Learner, Every Day, Every Way!

    We will continue with a communication plan for all parents, students, and the community through a variety of avenues: website, social media, newspaper, radio, vides, zoom meetings, television, mail, and personal phone calls.

    A current thorough re-entry plan will be added soon and updated regularly.  These plans are dynamic in nature and can change daily.



    • Data
      • Explore all data to make decisions
    • Literacy Plan
      • The district will continue with the implementation of the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education's planned rollout of the RISE Initiative.  Pre-K through Twelfth grade staff will continue to implement research-based reading programs and attend professional development that will enhance the delivery of that implementation.
      • Five Components of Effective Literacy Instruction per the National Reading Panel
        • Phonemic Awarenes - Heggerty
        • Phonics
        • Vocabulary
        • Fluency
        • Comprehension
    • Ready for Learning Plan (Formerly Alternative Methods of Instruction Plan)
      • The district will continue to implement, modify, and adjust plans to better meet the needs of all students and be ready to pivot for anytime, anywhere learning.



    • People
      • Paraprofessionals at each building continue to assist classroom teachers for student success
      • Add after-school tutoring in the elementary buildings for literacy and/or math
      • Add after-school tutoring in the middle school and high school for math
      • Add VISTA volunteers to assist with tutoring, classroom instruction, and/or instructional support
      • Maintain
      • Additions
      • Plan
        • Develop plans for personnel during Ready for Learning Days (formerly Alternative Methods of Instruction Days)
    • Technolgoy (Software, Devices, Support Services)
      • Continue IXL for grades K-8 and students in 9-12 that are performing below grade level
      • Continue STAR assessments for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
      • 1:1 District Devices
        • ADDED (20-21) Tablet Android Devices - Kindergarten
        • Classroom Chromebooks - Grades 1-6 (Take home when needed)
        • Take Home Chroembooks - Grades 7-12
        • ADDED (20-21) Teacher Touchscreen Chromebook Devices
      • Continue GoGuardian usage
      • Current Additions (20-21)
        • Waterford Learning for K-2 students
        • EdPuzzle
        • Google Meet
        • Screencastify
      • Removals
        • Remove Lexia (19-20) and concentrate on other key resources already available and utilize more face to face interventions
    • Professional Development
      • Focus professional development on key focus areas only
        • Professional Learning Communities
        • RISE
        • Conscious Discipline
        • Trauma Informed Classrooms
        • ADDED (20-21) additional professional development to better prepare for anytime, anywhere learning through our Ready for Learning plan.
          • LMS training on
            • Google Classroom (K-6 LMS)
            • Canvas (7-12 LMS)
            • Blended Learning
    • Health and Wellness
      • School and District Plans for Health and Wellness
      • Community members are welcome to attend meetings or become members of school or district committees.  Please contact Susan Gilley at 870-741-7600.
      • Wellness Policy is located in each handbook located on each school's web page
      • Health and wellness plans are assessed annually



    • People
      • Check for data in order to determine the successful use of paras in each building for student success
      • Check for data in order to determine the success of tutoring on student improvement in literacy and math.
      • Check for data in order to determine the success of VISTA volunteers.
    • Technology 
      • Check for data to determine success of
        • IXL
        • STAR
        • Waterford
        • Screencastify
        • Device Usage
        • GoGuardian Usage
    • Professional Development
      • Check for data to determine success of professional development offerings and focus areas
        • Professional Learning Communities
        • RISE
        • Conscious Discipline
        • Trauma Informed Classrooms
        • LMS Development
        • Blended Learning
    • Health and Wellness
      • Check plans for compliance and recommended improvements



    • People
      • Adjust tutoring as needed 
      • Modify/adjust for new plans if tutoring is not producing desired results.
    • Teachnology
      • Modify/adjust technology based on data
    • Professional Development
      • Modify/adjust based on data
    • Health and Wellness
      • Modify/adjust based on recommendations


    *This plan began in the 2017-18 school year and continues to expand and change. It is a living document and will be updated as the plan evolves and changes to meet the needs of every learner, every day, every way!