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Accountability and flexibility are hallmarks of Gwinnett County Public Schools' success. Key to that success is ensuring that each school community understands the progress being made by its schools, as well as what plans will drive improvement. Each school creates a collaborative Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) to increase student achievement results, with targeted goals based on the four strategic priorities within the district’s Blueprint for the Future: Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness, and Excellence. All schools across the district will focus on goals 2A- Multi-tiered Systems of Support and 2B- Opportunity and Access. Additionally, schools are required to select one goal from each of the other strategic priorities. LSPI goals are dynamic, like our schools, and are updated to reflect changes that occur in schools. Multiple data points are used to determine areas needing improvement and to identify specific, measurable, annual objectives. Schools then determine how to use research-based strategies to achieve these goals, using flexibility as needed. The LSPI development process involves teachers, parents, students, and community members, so the entire school community has the opportunity to be involved in conversations about school improvement.


2023 - 2024 Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI)

School: MULBERRY ELEMENTARY           Principal: Mandy Yearby

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.B - Staff and Student Well Being

Mulberry Elementary seeks to promote staff and student well-being through prioritizing self-care, physical and mental health, and social emotional learning. 

Mulberry LSPI Data Spreadsheet.xlsx


  1. Daily door greetings 

    • This allows teachers to assess student needs before they enter the room

  2. Morning Meetings

    • Dedicated time to model, teach, and converse about a student's social, emotional, academic, and behavioral needs. This is also an opportunity to build community and engage in restorative circles. During Morning Meetings, teachers will use a schoolwide template where intentional discussions around respect and schoolwide expectations will be addressed using models and clear examples.

  3. Counseling Program 

    • Increased counseling support that allows for more individualized counseling as well as additional small group counseling. 

  4. Awards Ceremonies
    • At the end of each semester, students will be celebrated (academically and socially) through formal awards ceremonies
    • Teachers will also celebrate students meeting academic and behavioral expectations through positive reinforcements (dojo points, PBIS bucks, classroom rewards)


  1. New Teacher Academy

    • All new teachers are provided a mentor and engage in weekly/monthly meetings to obtain support in needed areas.

  2. Family Huddle

    • At the beginning and end of each week (typically Mondays and Fridays), all faculty and staff members meet in the middle of the school to build community and are given a challenge for the day and/or week.

  3. Training
    • Staff members will engage in SEL training throughout the year to support their ability to provide quality instruction and support to their students (restorative practices from behavior coach, SEL from counselors and SEL lead)
  4. Admin Check-in Chats

    • Once a month each grade level/department meet with the administrators during their planning period to address needs

  5. Faculty Meeting “Munch”

    • Teams provide food at their designated faculty meeting and the entire faculty is able to fellowship prior to the start of the meeting

EES Survey

Mulberry Elementary will show an increase in the percentage of positive student and staff responses on the EES survey results regarding student and staff wellbeing.


See LSPI Spreadsheet

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Mulberry Elementary will implement a comprehensive framework to fully operationalize a multi-tiered system of supports to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success.

Mulberry LSPI Data Spreadsheet.xlsx 

  • Universal Screeners in LA and Math given three times per year.

  • Targeted Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions developed by the MTSS Team based on screener data.

  • Dedicated 45 minute intervention block built into each student’s day.

  • Monthly Kid Talk/RTI meetings with admin/MTSS team member present

  • PBIS Coach available to provide interventions, feedback, or conduct restorative small groups.

  • Weekly Collaborative Learning Team meetings where teachers review content and ensure alignment. This collaborative time will result in reduced variability between classrooms and grade levels, while also creating greater fidelity with the implementation of the curriculum and professional development.

  • Counselor Lessons/Small Groups based on Wellness Screeners.


iREADY Universal Screener

Mulberry will show an increase in students performing in the Tier 1 range on the iREADY diagnostic assessment from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.


Georgia Milestones

Mulberry will show a decrease in the percentage of students scoring in the beginning range on the Georgia Milestones in all areas.


Counseling Support

Mulberry will show an increase in the number of classroom guidance lessons, small group and individual counseling lessons focused on student wellbeing. 


See LSPI Spreadsheet



Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Mulberry Elementary will expand student opportunities to engage in and have access to high quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum and enrichment activities.

Mulberry LSPI Data Spreadsheet.xlsx 

  1. Play 2 Learn opportunities for families with children from birth to 5 years old

  2. AC Math for students in 2nd-5th grade

  3. Ensure gifted certification for all teachers in grades 2-5 to allow for the usage of gifted strategies with all students.

  4. Increased extracurricular activities to allow for additional options for all students 
  5. After School Program available to all families by way of the YMCA

  6. Increase of careers highlighted at the Career Fair


EES Survey

Mulberry will show an increase in the percentage of positive student responses on the EES survey results regarding their perception of being challenged at school.

Gifted Participation and Acceptance

Mulberry will show an increase in the number of students who are found eligible for gifted services.


See LSPI Spreadsheet

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

Mulberry Elementary will implement the redesigned Results Based Evaluation System (RBES) by redefining the inputs, behaviors, and outcomes that determine the standards for student success.

Mulberry LSPI Data Spreadsheet.xlsx

  1. Focused weekly instructional walkthroughs

  2. Review of GTES (teacher evaluation) feedback to ensure leader alignment

  3. Coaching cycles for all new GCPS teachers

  4. Celebration of  teachers based on the meeting and exceeding of instructional expectations

  5. Implementation of tiered interventions based on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports

  6. Collaborative Learning Team (CLTs) to include assessment protocol, work sample protocols, data review/talks, AKS analysis, LA pilot, explicit modeling for teachers for math/ ela strategies



Mulberry Elementary will show an increase in the percentage of students scoring in the proficient and distinguished range on the 23-24 Georgia Milestones assessments.

EES Survey

Mulberry Elementary students will show an increase in the percent positive on responses to questions related to academic performance.

See LSPI Spreadsheet

Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

Mulberry Elementary will demonstrate world-class communication and engagement through modeling the value GCPS leadership places on transparent, two-way communication to build stakeholder trust and confidence.

Mulberry LSPI Data Spreadsheet.xlsx

  1. Local School Council - We will increase our advertisement of these meetings, using ParentSquare, weekly newsletters, and student Friday Folders,  to ensure a wider net is cast to allow for greater participation.

  2. Active PTA

  3. Weekly digital newsletter - Parents will have the opportunity to provide feedback and give insight through various surveys included within the weekly newsletter.

  4. Email Blasts


EES Survey

Mulberry Elementary will show an increase in percent positive on parent responses to questions related to communication.


See LSPI Spreadsheet