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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: HULL MIDDLE           Principal: Denise Showell

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

Promote student and staff wellbeing through prioritizing self-care, physical and mental health, and social emotional learning. 

  1. Continue with the implementation of SEL Program, Character Strong, to increase engagement, well-being, and a sense of belonging.
  2. Create opportunities for teachers to relax, decompress, and refocus in the wellness room.
  3. Implement time out moments for teachers, students, and staff to take deep breaths to reduce stress and anxiety.
  4. Improve implementation of PBIS with rewards, prizes, and teaching appropriate behaviors and expectations.
  5. Implement and continue the initiatives that recognize student success such as Honor Roll Display and Student of the Week recognitions.
  6. Implement "Be Kind" initiatives and incorporate activities that middle schoolers find interesting as a result of increased 2-way communication.

3 or more percentage point improvement in EES Survey results administered to students and staff by analyzing responses to questions below:

Student Reponses

Staff Responses

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

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.

  1. Administer iReady universal screener to identify the needs of each and every student.
  2. Implement enrichment opportunities for those students who are above grade level on universal screener and extension opportunities for those on grade level.
  3. Implement levels of support needed for students who perform below grade level on the universal screener.
  4. Leverage district assessment data through data talks and data dive protocols to measure progress of our goal to increase proficient/distinguished percentages. 
  5. Use MTSS Air Rubric to continually assess progress monitoring process AND to ensure all conditions are met for MTSS Implementation Teams. 
  6. Leverage CLT Rubric to ensure frequent measurement of all students' performance.

Improve proficient and distinguished performance levels on Milestone Assessments by a 5- or more percentage point increase.

Improve performance in proficient/distinguished levels for historically underserved student groups


Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Expand student opportunities to engage in and access high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum, advanced coursework (e.g., Advanced Placement and dual enrollment), and enrichment activities (e.g., the arts, gifted, STEM, career technical education).


  1. Ensure that teachers are implementing research-based strategies and techniques that create positive and productive classrooms--ones that encourage student engagement, accountability, and excellence resulting in improved learning outcomes for each and every student.  
  2. Ensure that each and every student identified for gifted eligibility as a result of the universal screener completes the testing process.
  3. Implement SGI (Small Group Instruction) consistently and pervasively for each and every student.
  4. Increase extra-curricular First Friday Choices during extended learning time.

 The following extended-learning time enrichment opportunities will be provided for students who are performing on or above grade level after the administration of the universal screener:

  • Shark Tank
  • SAT Preparation
  • Financial Lieteracy
  • Team Sports
  • Photography
  • Debate

Below are percentages of historically underserved students in one or more gifted/blended classes.

Effectiveness 3.B - Talent Management

Transform the human resources function into a strategic talent management organization that supports educators and staff to achieve district goals.

  1. Extend new teacher mentoring program to include coaching by veteran teachers.
  2. Create shared leadership with administration and teachers.
  3. Provide teacher leadership opportunities and training.
  4. Provide professional development focusing on designated effective techniques outlined in Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

EES Survey Results



Excellence 4.A - Preferred Education Destination

Be the first choice of students and families for excellent schools and the employer of choice for educators and staff to fulfill their careers.

  1. Collaborate with PTSA to increase family involvement activities.
  2. Provide drug/social media awareness nights for parents.
  3. Continue to celebrate diversity through international night, speakers, student voice, clubs, and monthly events.
  4. Implement activities to instill and increase pride in attending Hull Middle School

EES Survey Results

Milestone Results