How did the leader communicate
the need for ISD to the community?
To Franklin Staff and Parents
In the 1997-98 Strategic Planning
Process, the staff and parents were asked to identify
targeted areas for school improvement. Through many discussions
and meetings, they prioritized areas to focus on in the upcoming
years and the number one response was to reduce class size.
At that time there were twenty classrooms that each held approximately
twenty-four students. Within this goal was to build increased
community, improve communications and reduce pullout programs
to better serve all children. Through this process, reduction
of class size and the elimination of pullout programs were
discussed as the most effective ways to improve school environment.
To get support from parents Principal Hoffman organized many
open forums in the Hmong community called Bayview. Nahbee
Her, the Hmong Bilingual Specialist, gathered the population
together and translated information from the parents to the
principal to communicate the process of ISD.
To gain an approval of
a Title I waiver