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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: WHITE OAK ELEMENTARY           Principal: Stacey Pickett

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

Continue efforts to build an intentional, well-established, exemplary social and emotional learning (SEL) program that
strategically provides cross-divisional support coupled with robust professional learning and resources for staff, students, and families.

Teachers will participate in professional learning on Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices, and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  

During morning meetings, classroom teachers will incorporate SEL lessons based on the Character Strong curriculum to provide students with the opportunities for skill development and refinement.  

Teachers will implement Joyful Learning, a play based morning routine, and Clubs for All to engage students in opportunities to build relationships and practice their social emotional tools.. 

The new teacher mentoring program at White Oak Elementary will work with both academic and social/emotional mentors to support new teachers with self care and to build a supportive community across grade levels. 

We embed opportunities for collaboration and team building in intentional structured, engaging activities to promote staff well-being and positive relationships.

Our new Parent Liaison will work to build the bridge between the school and the stakeholders within the community.

Belonging and Engagement Theme-SES Survey 

Baseline 56% Percent Positive

23-24 Target 61% Percent Positive



Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

High-quality Tier 1 instruction, screening, and intervention  for all students that includes targeted small groups, grade-level curriculum, ongoing formative assessments, and progress monitoring as well as build capacity to support and fully integrate non-academic Tier 1 structures and processes such as school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), SEL curriculum/ competencies, attendance campaigns, school counseling programs, etc.

White Oak Elementary will continue to implement a Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). MTSS utilizes data and  instruction  to address students’ academic ( academic press) and non academic needs (supportive community).  Rubrics are  utilized to determine the effectiveness of the MTSS structure.

Academic Press

Student learning is supported during  weekly literacy collaborative learning team(CLT)  planning, where teachers unfold  district curriculum and instructional resources, with a focus on Structured Literacy. Math collaborative planning will follow this same structure, with an emphasis on implementing new math standards.

Classroom teachers create instructional frameworks that incorporate the AKS, quality plus teaching strategies, and align with the GCPS instructional calendars. 

Reading and math data are  analyzed and disaggregated to determine the next steps for planning and instruction.

Implementing a balanced assessment system allows teachers to gather multiple measures of students’  performance through classroom, interim, and summative assessments.

WIDA Standards training ensures that multilingual  students are getting the support  they need to increase their English proficiency.

Supportive Community 

Students’ non academic needs are supported through a comprehensive school counseling program that incorporates an active school wide attendance plan designed to keep students in school.

Social emotional lesson(SEL)practices are integrated within classroom instruction through purposeful and targeted SEL lesson plans.

Students’ behavior needs are addressed through continued positive behavior intervention and support(PBIS) implementation as well as restorative practice strategies that are available to all students. 

Increase the percentage of 3rd-5th grade students scoring in the Distinguished level on the ELA Georgia Milestones Assessment
Baseline-24%   Goal-29%

Increase the percentage of 3rd-5th grade students scoring in the Distinguished level on the Math Georgia Milestones Assessment
Baseline-29%   Goal-34%

Decrease the percentage of 3rd-5th grade students scoring in the Beginning and Developing level on the ELA Georgia Milestones Assessment
Baseline-33%   Goal-28%

Decrease the percentage of 3rd-5th grade students scoring in the Beginning and Developing level on the Math Georgia Milestones Assessment
Baseline-28%   Goal-23%

% of students missing more than 10 days. 
Baseline-25%  Goal-22%

White Oak ES will be recognized as an Emerging PBIS school for the 2023-2024 school year.

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

It is critical that each and every student has the opportunity to engage in a rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum that extends and enriches their learning experience during the school day.

White Oak students will engage in an integrated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions that cultivates curiosity, promotes problem solving skills, and inspires innovation that positively impacts the community, resulting in high levels of student achievement and students who are thinkers, learners, and leaders prepared for their future.

During Play to Learn, participating parents and children age birth to five will meet once a week for 90 minutes with a certified teacher to learn how to nurture children’s foundational skill development.

All students at White Oak will participate in “Clubs for All”with the goal of giving each and every student the opportunity to engage in a rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum that extends and enriches their learning experience during the school day. We also emphasize building relationships with adults that care by making the club groups small. We have many amazing clubs that are led by our staff, our Mayor, City Councilman, and the Sugar Hill Marshalls. Club themes range from Board Games, Video Production, Indian Dance, Karaoke, Explore Sugar Hill, Sports, Art, Stuffed Animals, and so many more.

White Oak will host an after school program, Right at School, to provide affordable, education focused after school care for our students.  In the program, homework is done first and then they explore a great big universe of learning activities, focusing on skills and subjects that help kids succeed in school.


Increase the number of families participating in the Play to Learn program during the 23-24 school year.

Baseline-11 Families  Goal-14 Families

100% of our students will participate in club opportunities and STEM instruction provided during the day.
Effectiveness 3.B - Talent Management

Teacher retention is critical to school success. An increasing number of new teachers are joining our staff and it is essential to support them so they feel a part of the White Oak community and want to stay here. Veteran teachers need the opportunity for leadership development, as it leads to retention and increased job satisfaction. Additionally, the staff survey data indicates that there have been missed opportunities for teachers to learn from their peers as  strategies and initiatives have been implemented. 

White Oak Elementary’s lead mentors will attend professional development and participate in year 2 of Mentor Gwinnett to develop and enhance White Oak Elementary’s new teacher mentor program. 

New teachers will meet weekly with their academic (grade level) mentors for support with AKS, QPTS, and any other needed academic support.  New teachers will also meet with their SEL mentors for social and emotional support, and self care as needed. 

New teachers (year 1 and 2) and paraprofessionals will have opportunities to observe other teachers and settings across the school building for learning opportunities and best practices. 

Stay interviews will be conducted with staff in order to target retention and staff well-being. 

White Oak teachers will participate in a Retention Focus Teacher Leadership Program with Rebecca Carlisle, former GCPS Teacher of the Year, and assistant director of Recruitment and Retention. Research shows that developing a formalized Teacher Leadership pipeline is key to increasing teacher and student achievement. Teacher Leadership is the process by which highly effective and empowered teachers serve as catalysts to facilitate continuous improvement resulting in an enhanced culture of teacher engagement, student learning, and achievement. 

EES Staff Survey-Focused Professional Development

Peer observation/ coaching and feedback is a tool we use to improve instruction.
Baseline-63%  Goal-68%


Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

Improve two-way communication, engagement, and outreach that connect the community, the schools, and the district office.

White Oak will utilize two-way communication opportunities for students, staff, and parents/community, including the implementation of Parent Square.

White Oak will launch a new social media campaign to include the Facebook and Instagram platforms.

The White Oak Parent Liaison will focus on family engagement with the goal of building the capacity of parents/family members to support student success. Family Engagement workshops as well as daily ongoing individualized supports will be a part of our engagement plan. 

White Oak staff will utilize technology, translation services, and bilingual staff to engage families in multiple languages.

100% of certified teachers will be trained on Parent Square.

100% of our families will  receive communication via Parent Square in their preferred language.

300 Followers of the White Oak Facebook Page

150 Followers of the White Oak Instagram Page

Creation of White Oak Elementary Facebook page with a minimum of 4 posts per week.

Creation of White Oak Elementary Instagram page with a minimum of 4 posts per week.