Joplin Schools has struggled to improve academically over the last several years. During our recent strategic planning, we reviewed data and conducted research to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. Based on this research, we determined that behavior in our system was our greatest challenge and an obstacle to academic achievement. Behavior goes beyond discipline. To create a positive, exciting culture of learning and growth in our schools, we are focused this year on teaching and modeling positive behaviors that help provide consistency and structure in our schools and encourage strong relationships between students, staff, parents, and our community. These four behaviors support communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in and out of the classroom. We have also identified our highest-needs schools and added behavior support for teachers and classrooms. This focus on behavior to improve academics is the first step in ensuring our students are ready for the next level of learning.
How can parents & our community help?
• Model positive behaviors – children learn by watching those around them
• Discuss and practice the four behaviors with your child
• Encourage and celebrate positive behaviors in your child
• Support your teachers and schools to help build a positive culture and school pride
Each school will have a unique way to highlight these four core behaviors, as well as other behaviors, and will share that information with you throughout the school year.