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Barton's School Improvement Plan: 2019-2020
2018-2019 SIP


School Improvement Plan

** 2019-2020 ** 

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. 

Our following values are rooted in Progressive Education:

  • Instilling a love of learning.
  • Valuing each child for his or her perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction.
  • Developing a community of mutual respect and equity.
  • Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all.
  • Child-centered decision-making & self-directed learning.
  • Educating for a democratic society.


School Information:

Barton Open School is a Kindergarten through 8th grade school located in Southwest Minneapolis on 4237 Colfax Avenue South. Barton Open is one of 11 magnet schools in the Minneapolis Public School System. Our School Principal is Diane Bagley and Assistant Principal is Maria Rollinger. There are 728 students enrolled. Of the 728 students enrolled, we have the following student demographics:

African American

Asian/Pacific Islander

Native American








Barton Open School serves students living in Southwest and South Minneapolis.


2019-2020 SIP SMARTGoals:

  • Reading Achievement goal: By 2020, the Percent of students making typical or aggressive growth on FAST for All Students, with particular focus on Students of Color will increase by 15% from 39% (our baseline Fall 2019 of our high & some risk students) to reach 54% using Tier 1 core instruction.

  • Math Achievement goal: By 2020, the Percent of students making typical or aggressive growth on FAST for All Students, with particular focus on Students of Color will increase by 15% from 47% (our baseline Fall 2019 of our high & some risk students) to 62% using Tier 1 core instruction.

  • School Climate/Equity goal: By 2020, using the School Climate Survey factors: 

  1. Teacher-Student Relationships for All Students will increase from 84% to 94%; 

  2. Student-student relationships will increase from 90% to 100% and 

  3. School safety will increase from 87% to 97%.

  • School Climate/Equity goal: By 2020, the Suspension disproportionality for All students, particularly Students of Color will decrease from 78% to 44.8% to ensure proportionality among all identified groups.


  • We showed growth in our science MCA scores from Spring of 2018 to Spring of 2019.
  • We decreased the number of suspensions of all of our students.



  • There is an increase in reading and math in the number of students meeting or exceeding grade level standards from Spring of 2017 math and reading scores to Spring of 2018 math and reading scores.
  • There is a disparity in academic and growth data between our students of color and white students.
  • There is a disparity in students who are receiving behavior referrals and suspensions between our students of color and white students.
  • Low rate of proficiency growth.
  • Low rate of growth achievement.


School Improvement Strategies:

In response to academic and engagement challenges, we at Barton Open are implementing the following strategies:

Math: Guided instruction, research-based intervention programs in grades elementary math interventionists, two pathways for middle school math and focused math classes targeting students who are needing additional support.

Reading: Kindergarten students are implementing Zoophonics as a strategy to engage in and master letter and consonant sounds. Elementary classrooms are focused around establishing a balanced literacy model with the integration of writing, reading, and word works. Reading interventionists work with small group of students so students who are below grade level standards are able be provided additional reading supports. Electives are provided around literacy for our Uppers students. Our sixth graders are engaged in integrated curriculum and studies with literacy and social studies occurring in the Humanities course.

Engagement: All licensed staff is trained in the Responsive Classroom/Developmental Designs approach. We are looking to provide training to all staff on ENVOY. There is a student support team to look at student referral data on a weekly basis with various site stake holders: school social workers, student support staff and both administrators.

Other Impactful Strategies:

  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): established and systematic approach of implementing research-based interventions around literacy, mathematics and behavior. There is an established MTSS team to collaborate with teachers and other staff who work with individual students to engage in a plan of success.
  • Upstream Arts: Upstream Arts is part of Barton Open’s engagement strategy for some of our students to connect and engage in community building through shared creative experiences.
  • WISTL- There are two staff cohorts who work with our School Social Worker around mindfulness and how to incorporate mindfulness in their teaching and their work with students.
  • Social Skills Coaching- School Social Workers will meet with small groups of students to teach and model social skills in an engaging experience