Belton Assistant Superintendent Lorenzo Rizzi needed a way to keep up with what was happening across all of his schools. Using KickUp, he was able to determine which aspects of his strategic plan needed more attention and create an improvement plan that he could monitor using teacher feedback, classroom walkthroughs, and community feedback.
About Belton School District #124
Belton School District is a suburban, public school district located south of Kansas City, Missouri. It serves approximately 5,000 students and was recently selected by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as one of 21 Model Districts.
One of Lorenzo’s first actions after joining the administrative team at Belton was to translate the district’s strategic plan into an actionable improvement plan that focused professional learning support on technology integration, literacy, and college-and-career ready learning. Though this gave them a clear focus, they struggled to clearly track growth in a way that reflected multiple sources of data.
While many responsibilities under his role, Lorenzo and other Belton central office staff needed a way to easily maintain a pulse on the climate, culture, and progress of the entire district while also being able to keep other stakeholders informed on the impact of their efforts.
KickUp’s Client Success team worked with Lorenzo to translate his improvement goals into research-backed indicators that could be tracked at multiple points during the year. The Client Success team then built a suite of custom data collection tools intended to capture feedback from administrators, instructional coaches, teachers, students, and other members of their community.
These included a teacher needs assessment, classroom walkthrough forms performed by coaches or principals, peer observations, post-event feedback forms and stakeholder surveys, offering Belton many different angles through which to study their progress. The results are compiled into reports that triangulate this data and guide monthly school improvement meetings.