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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: KANOHEDA ELEMENTARY           Principal: Dranita L Morrow

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

In order to continue to increase Kanoheda Elementary School’s empathetic impact, we will promote student and staff wellbeing through social emotional learning (SEL) opportunities, physical and mental health resources, and prioritizing self-care. 


Student Wellbeing 

To support student wellbeing, we will provide daily opportunities for students to learn needed social and emotional lessons through our Morning Meetings. Staff will participate in professional development (PD) focused on restorative practices. We will continue to fund an additional counselor to reduce our student to counselor ratio and provide more support to students and families.

  1. Implement daily instruction to support student growth and development socially and emotionally.

  2. Schoolwide Professional Development: Staff members will participate in professional development focused on culturally responsive teaching and restorative practices.

  3. Maintain consistent support teams per grade level that will include a counselor, assistant principal, and instructional coach to better support student needs and families.


Staff Wellbeing

To support staff wellbeing, we will offer resources and opportunities for all to focus on self-care, healthy decision making, and meaningful rest. Through our SEL Leaders, Adult SEL Team, and leader support, we will foster staff wellness and promote a positive School Climate. 

  1. SEL Leader Team: Select teacher leaders will participate in ongoing training and develop PD sessions for the staff based on their trainings.

  2. KES Adult SEL Team: The Adult SEL Team will continue to assess the needs of the staff and identify ways to promote wellness and a positive work environment.

  3. Staff Book Study: As a staff, we will read and apply positive strategies to support our school climate, student experience, and individual health and outlook.

  4. Wellbeing Wednesdays: We will intentionally plan ongoing opportunities for the staff to focus on self-care. Staff members will have the opportunity to select opportunities that support their individual needs.

  5. Action Research Leadership Team: The ALT will meet regular to discuss school climate, organizational management, and communication and community relations. As a team they will promote a focus on Supportive Community.

Student Wellbeing-Student Survey

Question: “I enjoy coming to this school.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

40% *


86% **


*Percent of students that responded almost always true.

**Percent of students that responded almost always and sometimes true.

Staff Wellbeing-Staff Survey

Question: “When there is a problem in my school, we talk about how to solve it.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

26% *


62% **


*Percent of staff that responded almost always true.

**Percent of staff that responded almost always and often true.

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

In an effort to reach each and every student, Kanoheda Elementary School will implement a multi-tiered system of supports to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success. 

Instructional Focus-School Improvement

  • Academic Press
    • Science of Reading (EL for Education)
    • Instructional Conversation
    • Continue to provide an Intervention Block in the daily schedule
    • Use the block for intervention & enrichment opportunities for students
  • Supportive Community
    • Continue implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) including training on Universal Classrooms.
    • Implement MTSS Team (Multi-Tier System of Supports) 
    • Providing an SST Coordinator position
    • Creating an MTSS Coordinator position Universal Screeners
    • Utilize iReady screeners
    • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Data Talks will discuss schoolwide implications from screener data 
      • Beginning of the Year,
      • Midyear
      • End of year Data  

MTSS Screening: Academic

Participation 700 students

Baseline 95%

2024 Target 97%


MTSS Screening: Wellness

Baseline Participation: 93%

2024 Target Participation: 96%


Student Improvement: Percent of Beginning on Milestones

Baseline: 38.8% (All students)

 (Beg. scores->366 out of All scores ->987)

2024 Target Beginning Score: 33.39%


English Language (EL) Progress Towards Language Proficiency: CCRPI

Baseline: 86% (Progress Towards ELP Rate)

2024 Target: 94%

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Kanoheda will expand the number of opportunities provided for students to engage in and access high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum, advanced coursework and enrichment activities (e.g., the arts, gifted, STEM, robotics).

We will promote student access by offering.

  1. Gifted cluster classes and pull out support
  2. Enrichment classes
  3. District gifted PD opportunities for staff
  4. Play 2 Learn for the community families
  5. Guided Play for Kindergarten students
  6. School Clubs
  7. Field Trip experiences
  8. Online Instructional Programs

Gifted & Talented Representation: Number of Student Racial/Ethnic Groups Underrepresented in Gifted and Talented Programs

 Baseline Data: May 2023- 9% of students ( Gifted Students)

Under-represented Group

# of Students

% of Gifted

All students % of KES





















 2024 Target: 15% of students

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

Kanoheda Elementary will utilize district standards for student success as measured by the redesigned Results-Based Evaluation System (RBES) to support school improvement and student growth as we continue pursue academic effectiveness schoolwide.


  1. Through the RBES tool and individual class goal setting, we will monitor our progress towards our Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) goals. Beginning of Year (BOY) , Middle of Year (MOY), End of Year (EOY) Results Based Effectiveness System (RBES) updates and conferences will be conducted.
  2. Grade level teams will work in collaborative teams to plan instruction, review student data, and participate in professional development through PLC (Professional Learning Communities) sessions twice a week.
  3. Instructional coaches will support Language Arts and Math instruction across grade levels through coaching cycles, professional development sessions, and grade level planning.
  4. Throughout the year, survey data (staff, parent, & student) will be reviewed with leadership teams and staff

Local School Support for Improvement: Staff Survey

Question: “I receive training on instruction to support social emotional learning.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

23% *


63% **

68 %

*Percent of staff that responded almost always true.

**Percent of staff that responded almost always and often true.


Local School Support for Improvement: Staff Survey

Question: “Peer observation/coaching and feedback is a tool we use to improve instruction.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

29% *


55% **


*Percent of staff that responded almost always true.

**Percent of staff that responded almost always and often true.


Excellence 4.A - Preferred Education Destination

Kanoheda Elementary will foster a culture of excellence in all areas so that we are the first choice of students and families, as well as, educators and staff.

Student Engagement

  • To promote student engagement a variety of extracurricular activities will be offered.
  • To support academic press and establish Kanoheda as a preferred education destination, we will offer STEM and Computer Science for all.

Parent Engagement

To engage families in a variety of experiences that support their child’s growth and development, we will implement the follow

  1. Welcoming, functioning Parent Center
  2. Beginner English Classes
  3. Ongoing Parent-Teacher Conferences
  4. Frequent Parent Communication
  5. Monthly Parent Engagement Activities
  6. Title I Meetings to support family and school needs
  7. Develop a Parent Engagement Team: The Parent Engagement team will plan a variety of ways to increase parent participation in and access to our school and resources.

Family Satisfaction: Family Survey

Baseline Data: 5% of Families (59 Responses)

2024 Target: 20% of Families (174 Responses)


Question: “I believe adults in this school care about my student.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

53% *


86% **


*Percent of families that responded almost always true.

**Percent of families that responded almost always and often true.

Student Satisfaction-Student Survey

Question: “Work I do in this school is useful and interesting to me.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

47% *


90% **


*Percent of students that responded almost always true.

**Percent of students that responded almost always and sometimes true.


Student Satisfaction-Student Survey

Question: “Adults in this school help me plan and set goals for my future.”

Baseline Data

2024 Target

49% *


86% **


*Percent of students that responded almost always true.

**Percent of students that responded almost always and sometimes true.


Student Achievement: Percent of Proficient & Distinguished on Milestones

Baseline: 32.3% (All students)

 (Prof. & Dis. scores->317 out of All scores ->987)

2024 Target Prof. & Dist Score: 38.89%

Family Engagement/Building Parent Capacity -

We will build our parents' capacity to support their children's academic achievement by implementing the activities identified in The Plan/The Promise.

  1. Build staff and parent capacity to support learning at home.
  2. Implement family engagement events to support literacy and math.
  3. Provide monthly family engagement learning opportunities.
  4. Foster two way communication between the school and family using ParentSquare.
  5. Provide opportunities for family voice through Muffins with Morrow quarterly events.

Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES Survey)-Family Survey: Parent & Community Involvement

Baseline Data: 5% of Families (59 Responses)

2024 Target: 20% of Families (174 Responses)


Spring 2023 Results: 86% Positive 

Target % Positive: 90%