Teaching & Learning
Faribault Public Schools offers a comprehensive Early Childhood through Twelfth Grade curriculum. Each child has different interests, distinctive talents, and a promising future.
The staff at Faribault Public Schools, working in partnership with you, will provide your child the skills needed to build a successful future. We appreciate the significance of you entrusting us with your child’s education. We continue to look at Best Practice teaching strategies that will produce not only quality learners, but educators as well.
Director of Teaching & Learning
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The success of every student is obviously of importance to all us at Faribault Public Schools. In addition to the traditional subject areas such as mathematics, reading, science, and social studies, your child can become a quality learner who understands the importance of excellence.
- Your child will learn to work as a team member who applies creative and critical thinking skills to solve problems.
- Your child will also become a self-directed learner understanding responsibility to community and the world.
Under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, school boards are to adopt a long-term, comprehensive strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning. This plan addresses the following five goals:
- All children are ready for school.
- All third-graders can read at grade level.
- All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.
- All students are ready for career and college.
- All students graduate from high school.
For more information please click on our plan below or visit the Minnesota Department of Education World's Best Workforce site.
What is a Strategic Plan?
A WBWF strategic plan is a multi-year, detailed document that illustrates how a district or charter school will execute its goals or initiatives concerning the five WBWF goals. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recommends that districts and charter schools develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART).
What role does MDE play?
While each WBWF strategic plan is developed and implemented locally, MDE offers direct and indirect support opportunities throughout the academic year.
For example, direct support opportunities include virtual and in-person training, webinars, workshops and orientations. Indirect support includes sharing resources, facilitating networking opportunities between districts and charter school leaders, and more.
The purpose of the District Advisory Committee is to bring together a variety of stakeholders including parents, teachers, school district leaders, and community partners, to support the vision and mission of Faribault Public Schools. Our work is guided by the goals of the Cradle to Career model and World's Best Workforce legislation. Together we work to identify strengths and opportunities in order to partner as a school district and community to ensure all of our Faribault students are successful in school and in our community.
If you want to be a part of the Faribault District Advisory Committee, contact Kathy Zavoral at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee meets virtually on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30-4:30 PM.
Measuring Student Growth Within The District:
Assessment is an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. While most people think of standardized testing right away, that is only one component of our balanced and comprehensive assessment system. The most powerful assessments happen in students' classrooms every day as teachers evaluate evidence of student learning. Standardized summative assessments such as the MCAs provide broad information used to support decision making at school, district, and state levels. Our teachers take an active role in making instructional decisions based on all sources of assessment and evaluation data. To learn more about the many layers of assessment in Minnesota schools please visit the MDE TESTING 123 website.
The Minnesota Assessments are designed to measure achievement towards meeting the Minnesota Academic Standards (for the standards-based accountability assessments) and to measure progress towards meeting the WIDA English Language Development Standards (for English language proficiency accountability assessments).
The Minnesota Assessments are criterion-referenced assessments, which means they measure performance against a fixed set of criteria: the Minnesota Academic Standards or the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Criterion-referenced assessments are used to determine mastery of concepts and skills and to measure progress toward goals and objectives. While criterion-referenced tests may provide information about how well students have mastered certain concepts, they alone do not illustrate the whole picture of what a student has learned. These assessments provide one data point that should be considered in the context of additional evidence of student learning like student projects and district and classroom assessments.
- For the standards-based accountability assessments, refer to the Academic Standards webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions about Minnesota’s K–12 Academic Standards for more information about the Minnesota Academic Standards.
- For the English language proficiency accountability assessments, refer to the English Language Development (ELD) Standards webpage for information about how to connect language development and academic content.
Test Administrators can find information about training, administration, and other tools on the internal Teaching and Learning Website accessible in the Staff Portal.
Falcons Online Academy:
- Create your own schedule
- Learn at your own pace
- Experienced teachers and staff
Falcons Online Academy students create their class schedule and complete coursework at their own pace. Our students learn from dedicated licensed teaching staff with decades of experience. All Falcons Online Academy students are eligible to participate in Faribault Public Schools extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, afterschool programming, dances, and graduation. Students can choose to attend Falcons Online Academy full-time or supplement some of their in-person classes with our online program.