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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: INTERNATIONAL TRANSITION CENTER           Principal: Steve Frandsen

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

The ITC is focused on improving the overall wellbeing of our staff and students to meet the unique needs of individuals in the English language learning environment.

  1. Enhancing our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of our new teacher on-boarding program.
  3. Increase opportunities/access for student participation in clubs/activities.
  4. Evaluate staff recognitions.
  5. Revise Advisement lessons.

Increase the number of students responding positively on the Student Wellbeing Survey to the Question:

I enjoy coming to this school (75%).

KPI Baseline: 75%

KPI Target: 80%

Increase the number of staff responding positively on the Staff Wellbeing Survey to the question:

When there is a problem in my school, we talk about how to solve it (82%).

KPI Baseline: 82%

KPI Target: 85%

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

The ITC follows the initiative to identify students’ individual needs and provide support specific to students who have minimal proficiency in English and have gaps in their educational background.

  1. Continue to develop the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team.
  2. Continue to identify and implement effective interventions.
  3. Continue to develop effective Remedial Education Program (REP) options.
  4. Implement the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program.
  1. Continue to implement PBIS on all sites

KPI Baseline: Not implementing

KPI Target: Implementing

MTSS screening participation rate: academic 

Baseline: 68%

Target: 95%

MTSS screening participation rate: wellbeing

KPI Baseline: 92%

KPI Target: 95%



Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

The ITC provides opportunity and access to the language and content for students who have minimal proficiency in English and have gaps in their educational background.

  1. Implementation of the ITC instructional framework.
  2. Development of content and language objectives for every lesson.
  3. Development of language appropriate formative and summative assessments.
  4. Professional development for teachers.
  5. Increased opportunities for parental involvement.

1. Percent of students making at least 1 GaDOE Performance Band in each domain will increase by at least 5%. 

KPI Baseline:

Listening: 49.8 %

Reading: 43.4%

Speaking: 28.7%

Writing: 54%

KPI Target:

Listening: 54.8%

Reading: 48.4%

Speaking: 33.7%

Writing: 57%

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

The ITC serves student who are new to the country and a small window of educational opportunity in the public school setting. For this reason the ITC is focused on training all teachers and implementing the instructional framework of the ITC with fidelity.

  1. Implement the PD plan for new and returning teachers.
  2. Classroom walkthroughs.
  3. Consultant observation/coaching visits and training.
  4. Support teachers in getting appropriate certifications.

Increase the number of students making one or more ACCESS for ELL Performance Band growth.

KPI Baseline: 43.63%

KPI Target: 48.63%

Increase the number of teachers responding positive on the Staff Effectiveness Survey to the question:

I receive training on instruction to support social emotional learning. 

KPI Baseline: 66%

KPI Target: 71%

Excellence 4.A - Preferred Education Destination

The ITC is focused on preparing each and every student with the language and content skills and knowledge to be successful beyond high school. The ITC is focused on being a school that would attract and retain the best talent available to teach our students with unique linguistic and social needs. 

  1. Evaluate current efficacy of our Professional Development (PD) efficacy and identify opportunities for improvement.
  2. Evaluate current offerings to families for support and identify opportunities for improvement with a focus on supportive community and academic press.  
  3. Evaluate current staff climate and identify opportunities for improvement.
  1. Increase the number of positive responses on the Family Satisfaction Survey to the question:

    I believe adults in this school care about my student (83%). 

    KPI Baseline: N/A (insufficient responses)

    KPI Target: 86%

    2. Increase the number of positive responses on the Student Satisfaction Survey to the question:

    Work I do in this school is useful and interesting to me (81%). 

    KPI Baseline: 81%

    KPI Target: 86%


Family Engagement/Building Parent Capacity -

The ITC families are new to the country and how school is done in the United States. We will build our parents' capacity to support their children's academic achievement by implementing the listed activities.

  1. We will hold 5 Parent workshops throughout the year.
  2. We will increase the number of parents who have signed up for the Parent Portal.
  3. We will supplement the available resources to parents in the 3 ITC Parent Center.
  4. We will increase the amount of English materials available to families.

The number of parents who participate in Parent Workshops.

The number of parents who sign up for Parent Portal.

The number of books and English learning materials distributed to families.