RCAS provides update on strategic plan for 2022

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Area School Board gives an update on the districts strategic plan for year 2022.

First, a major pillar for the strategic plan — ‘Reading by Third Grade’.

The board gave an update on it’s second year or implementation, followed by sharing benchmark data from the district’s reading assessments.

So far, RCAS is seeing strong growth in elementary students.

“This is a pillar because it supports all content areas,” said Valerie Seales, Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation. “Truly, if we have fluent readers that can read grade-appropriate text, they are able to be successful in science and mathematics and any other course they encounter all the way through high school.”

The board also updated on the ‘Whole Child Initiative’.

It was developed two years ago out of a need to help students entering the district deal with challenges outside of the classroom, while still focusing on education.

“So we have to build the foundation of really helping teachers understand what this is, how to establish a culture in every school where each and every child feels supported, feels like they belong and have a place that’s really safe for them to learn,” said Robin Gillespie, Director of Federal Programs and Grants.

The Whole Child Initiative serves as professional development for teachers.

It consists of four components: trauma informed practices, cultural proficiency, suicide prevention, and restorative justice.


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