Strategic Plan

The following principles which lay the foundation of Açı Schools’ philosophy are also the focal point of Açı Schools’ strategic plans.

  • Uncover their potential by taking into account the individual differences of students
  • Promote love and habit of reading
  • Help students learn taking responsibility for their own learning.
  • Improve learning skills
  • Raise individuals who have universal values.

 

The 2017-2022 Academic Years Açı Strategic Plan is structured within the following headings:

Main Title Subtitle Target Sub-target Responsible Date Actions taken
Organization and Administration M-1: Internalization of Ethics Manifesto Dissemination and development of effectively implementing the ethics manifesto Promoting student participation in ethics committee works Ethics Committee members – AC – SP – ASP 2017-2022 (year-based) *Açı magazine students have participated into an ethics committee meeting and they have published an article on the magazine which introduces the ethics committee. *During Açı radio program, our students have welcomed the ethics committee members and introduced the committee members to all of the middle school students.
Establishment of an ethics committee formed by high school students Ethics Committee members – AC – SP – ASP 2017-2022 (year-based) *Shared during the first ethics committee meeting, in order to be taken to the academic committee.

* Ethics committee was created by the volunteering students at high school.

The contribution of the ethics committee members to the agenda of the meetings held in schools throughout the year Ethics Committee members – AC – SP – ASP 2017-2022 (year-based)  

*PR-MS- An introduction article was written on the Açı Blog, related with the ethical values.

This matter was discussed as an agenda item, during the general assembly meeting of teachers.

*Açı ethics committee’s introductory video was shared with all Açı teachers.

*During each functioning meeting at PR, the member of ethics committee has shared all of the matters discussed during the Ethics Committee meetings.

*The decisions taken during the ethics committee meetings were shared with all the teachers, at the end of each semester and the decisions were archived in the ethics committee, under academic council section.

 

M-2: Campus Performance Assessments Establishment of campus performance assessment criteria and systematic implementation of self-assessment. Revision of existing questionnaires about school life, according to needs AK-SP-ASP-Administrative Affairs June 2018 Completed
Generation and implementation of the HR questionnaire system for all schools AC-SP-ASP-Administrative Affairs – HR June 2018 Completed
Implementing administrative staff questionnaire to assess school life SP-ASP June 2018 Completed
Implementing administrative affairs staff questionnaire to assess school life SP-ASP-Administrative Affairs June 2018 Completed
Revision of facility management and security measures in accordance with evolving needs Administrative Affairs – SP – ASP 2017-2022 (year-based) 12-13 August Emergency Case Management Training was provided for the executive managers.

*PR-MS Procedure was updated.

*MS teachers were shared with the presentation and e-mail. They were requested to provide their feedback.  The actions taken will be finalized with the supports of AKUT. * PR-MS Emergency case training was planned. (Training  was done during August 2018 period.)

M-3: Açı Learning Development Center Development of online sharing channels and training programs Establishment of “Açı Learning Channel” and boost sharing AC – FC – PS – SP – ASP – Teachers – Students 2017-2022 (year-based) It will start its broadcastings during the week of September 24th.
M-4: Internal Audit Providing internal audit according to universal criteria Outsourcing audit support for situation analysis of the 5-year targets Management Board June 2022 CIS High School survey will be done at all schools, once in every 3 years.
Main Title Subtitle Target Sub-target Responsible Date Actions Taken
Culture of Açı and Communication C-1: Systematic Feedback and Questionnaires Implementation of questionnaires on ACIS Implementation of student questionnaires: A questionnaire will be conducted for primary school students every semester and for middle school students once a year. SP-ASP June 2018 Completed
Preparation of parents questionnaires AC-SP-ASP June 2018 Completed
Administration of parents’ questionnaires every 2 years SP-ASP June 2019 Will be done every 3 years
C-2: AÇI Web Sites Completing web design IT – SP-ASP September 2017 Completed
Completion of web content IT – SP-ASP-AC June 2017 Completed
Activation of Açı Learning Channel on website IT – AC February 2018 Completed
C-3: Seminars and Workshops for Parents Informing parents about the social and emotional development of the students Continuation of seminars and workshops
(1 sharing per semester for each grade level is planned)
RÖ – SP – ASP 2017-2022
(year-based)
*PR – MS-It was realized for the 1st semester and planning was done for the 2nd semester.

* 4 Parent Information Trainings were provided at PR, during 2017-2018.

* MS: This year, guidance parent seminar was realized about 2 subjects.

Establishing procedures for face-to-face meetings and remote access content SP-ASP-AC June 2019
Promoting parent participation in school activities Encouraging parent involvement in school weeks SP-ASP-AC- Administrative Affairs – FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
*MS-They were invited. Participations attended the Art exhibition and science week.

Participants of Art Exhibition:

Participants of Science and Technology week:

Ayşeege Yılmaz – Hakan Yılmaz

Talya Özdemir –  Didem Nalbantgil

Turkish gr5, 6, 7: The link for Açı Magazine was shared with the parents by announcements thereof. We have received quite positive feedback from two parents sent by e-mails. Turkish gr7: Parents were invited with an announcement for the conservations with Mr. Osman Şahin.  Turkish gr5: Parents were invited with an announcement for the conservations with Mrs. İrem Uşar. Turkish gr5, 6, 7: Elective Reading –Creative Study Exhibition was realized at the Assembly. Parents were informed with an announcement thereof. Many of the parents visited the exhibition during the day and we received good comments.

PR- Circle time active participations were organized (job introductions, book reading, morning sports, hobby introductions, game introductions, friendship week, conversations related with the academic curriculum). They were invited for the conversations.

Promoting parent interviews and presentations SP-ASP-AC- Administrative Affairs – FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
MS:

Participants of Book Week: Can Kiremitçi-Tuna Kiremitçi

Berenis Tekin-Arzu Tekin

Yunus Bartu Candan – Ayfer Candan

Seride Samurkaş gr5 student presentation about the sleep health. Mr. Bülent Cihantimur had made a conversation during the morning hours related with his professional job at the classroom. * PR: Conversations were made with the parents of all grades.

Planning a student-parent-school sharing for each grade level, at least once a year (OO) SP-ASP-AC- Administrative Affairs – FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Gr5 information sharing meeting.

MS: Parent-Teacher Association had completed such information sharing for gr6-7 and then informed the OM.

C-4: Relations with the outside world and institutions Determination of institutions to contact, establishment of an annual routine program Establishing a routine program of visits to close by school and hospital managements, fire departments, the Department of Forestry, District Police Department, the District Director and the Section Chief of the Ministry of National Education, etc. AC-SP-ASP June 2018 Completed
Expansion of student exchange programs AC-SP-ASP 2017-2022
(year-based)
C-5: School Community: Students Association Developing procedures for the activities of the Students Association Determining the selection criteria for the school president and class representatives SP-ASP-AC  August 2017 Completed
Revision of Students Association work plan SP-ASP-AC August 2017 Completed
C-6: School Community: Belonging Defining and internalizing the culture of being a member of Açı Ensuring all partners of Açı understand the concept of being a member of Açı and internalize these values SP-ASP-AC- Administrative Affairs – FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
PR- One to one meetings were held for each one of the age groups and with the parents of every class. The relevant measures and improvement studies were started according to the comments made as a result of these meetings. (2017-2018) These meetings will be continued during next year. We will make necessary planning in order to ensure participation of more parents during the special days and weeks.
Planning activities to achieve internalization of the culture SP-ASP-AC- Administrative Affairs – FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
All of the studies which were realized and planned as well as the innovations were shortly shared during the program introductions.
Clearly sharing expectations from the parents at all occasions and backing up with implementations. SP-ASP-AC- Administrative Affairs – FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
MS: The expectations from parents were noted on the Parent Manuals. PR: The expectations from parents were shared during the program introductions.
Main Title Subtitle Target Sub-target Responsible Date Actions Taken
Human Resources HR-1: Açı Community,
Communication and Network
Revision of the procedures necessary to protect professional rights SP-ASP-AC -HR August 2019
HR-2: 360-degree Performance Appraisals (all Açı) Development and implementation of 360 degree employee appraisals * 2017-2018: Open communication among campuses and giving feedback
* 2018-2020: Implementation of performance appraisals based on class and grade levels
* 2020-2021: Teacher-administration-student campus-based performance appraisal implementation with volunteer teachers
2021-2022: Teacher-administration-student campus-based performance appraisal implementation with all teachers
SP-ASP-AC -HR 2022 August
(year-based)
HR-3: Teacher Level Training Promotion of in-house professional development platforms During the months of February and August, sustainment of “Sharing of Good Examples” SP-ASP-AC-IT 2017-2022
(year-based)
It is made on annual basis and the relevant presentations and videos will be shared on the education channel.
 Within all schools, sharing one Learning Channel video every month starting after the month of February 2018 SP-ASP-AC-IT 2017-2022
(year-based)
In progress
Writing down the procedures for teacher mentoring system SP-ASP-AC August 2017 Completed
Maintaining and continuously improving teacher training programs for teachers who have 1, 2 and 3 years and above experience at Açı. SP-ASP-AC August 2022
(year-based.)
For teachers having 3 years and more experience, the thinking culture training program was prepared and being implemented. We are receiving presentation skills trainings from Güven Güner.
HR4-Recruitment Setting up a salary scale procedure, considering teachers’  previous experiences SP-ASP-AC -HR August 2019
HR5-IK Restructuring the HR department Management Board August 2017 Completed
Main Title Subtitle Target Sub-target Responsible Date Actions Taken
Education PRI-L1: Learner Autonomy and Embracing Learning Promoting autonomy in learning activities Continue to support autonomous learning  with  diversified plans AC-SP-ASP-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Differentiated lessons planning committee was established at the primary school. Department coordinators in the middle school have this as part of their yearly targets.
Increasing the responsibility of students in school clubs AC-SP-ASP-PS-FC August 2017 Completed
Offering a reading program and term project options The improvement of the term projects and revision of class novel booklets SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC August 2017 Completed
Maintain the monitoring of learning deficiencies and present support options Clearly communicating a student’s academic development level with the student and his/her parents SP-ASP-AC-PS June 2017 Completed
PRI-L2: Curriculum Revision: Vertical and Horizontal Programming Ensuring academic honesty is in effect throughout school life in the scope of K-12 Pursuing this expectation in the works of students SP-ASP-AC-PS 2017-2022
(year-based)
It is given place as a criterion within all of the study rubrics and the relevant trainings are being provided during the library lectures, at every levels of classes.
Keeping up the library lessons which existed in primary school SP-ASP-AC 2017-2022
(year-based)
In progress
Scheduling library lessons on academic honesty theme for every class in Middle School (June 2018) SP-ASP-AC-Librarian June 2018 Completed
Review of the vertical revision of the curriculum progress SP-ASP-AC-PS 2017-2022
(year-based)
During 2017-2018 Academic Year, August working period, the curriculum of the last year was compared with the new curriculum and the necessary changes were realized. Using of 1-4 vertical writing program was accepted.
Review of the curriculum relationships
and interdisciplinary relationships for each grade level
Enhancing relationships which present an opportunity for achievement SP-ASP-AC-PS 2017-2022
(year-based)
Connections of library and ICT programs were completed. Mathematics and ICT integrations were provided for the STEM Projects. 1-7 ICT inter-disciplinary connection annual program was prepared. 5-7 Art and 1-4 music, art, sports, library and inter-disciplinary connection annual program was prepared.
Matching learning outcomes with values education and social skills Reflection of the revised curriculum in daily plans SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Skill training is given place in the annual plans, which are prepared every year and the objectives are included within the daily plans. The vertical study made in year 2015 was integrated into the program of year 2018.
 Revision of gr1-7 values education curriculum SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Turkish gr5, 6, 7: In the yearly plans, under each one of the weeks there are 2 different areas, namely; “cultural values” and “ethical values”. Our plans are being periodically evaluated according to these headings. PR: The values are included within the daily plans and the program which was started last year will be developed.
Revision of gr1-7 skills training curriculum SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
The studies aimed for presentation skills- note taking skills- researching skills and critical thinking skills are still being in effect. After the trainings received about critical thinking, the skills table has been revised.
Ensure that all learning applications and learning processes are compliant with the school philosophy SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Turkish gr5, 6, 7: The reading list of novels and elective books for 1-12th graders has been revised This list was also shared with the teachers of primary school, middle school and high school departments. Eng: one book for gr4 was taken for gr 5- checkpoint applications are included within the program for gr 7, in order to be prepared for gr 8- a mock checkpoint exam was planned for the end of year for gr 7.
PRI-L3: Expansion of Learning Structuring the student interactions within the scope of K-12 Preparation of gr1-7 sharing program SP-ASP-AC August 2017 Completed
Revision of gr1-7 sharing program and preparation of its academic calendar SP-ASP-AC August 2017 Completed. The studies of all of the schools of which are increasing their sharing with the students of other schools have been efficiently carried out.
Structuring and expanding the platforms for students’ academic and social networking Presentation of social responsibility activities SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Eng- During the languages week we gave support to the “Sound of Fingers” roject, together with Açı high school. We collected TRY-3.650 for buying hearing devices for the hearing-impaired students at Yeditepe high school and the money was delivered to the relevant officials. We  participated into the WAC. Elective lectures were given by the teachers to our Sister School. Our students  provided their supports for the Science Week realized at the sister school. A water-closet for the impaired people was built at Zekeriyaköy middle school. PR: Students’ Union carried out a social responsibility project. The revenues obtained from project presentation at Gr3 were transferred to other social responsibility projects.
Development of the curriculum for improvement of K12 skills and ensuring its internalization Development of measuring and assessment criteria for the skills and laying out the procedures SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
5-7 vertical-horizontal skills table was revised –the rubric revision studies were started in order to create a common language for the presentation –researching and note taking skills. 1-4 presentation skills, common rubric usage was reminded. – Research skills training, library lectures are included within the scope of ICT lectures of 4th grade. For the middle school, Assessment and Evaluation guidance booklet was created .The booklet contains rubrics used to evaluate 5 main skills and examples of assessment questions which are compliant with the taxonomy of every lecture- they are added under the general folder of Academic Council.
PRI-L4: Taking learning out of the classroom and improving Improving and maintaining school trips The creation of various platforms for daily life interactions SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
As it is done in every August period, all of the trips for 1-7 classes were revised, in order to increase the connections among the disciplines and enrich the relevant trip programs.
Promoting interviews SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Turkish: 1 Class novel author visit for each  grade  and the author invitations were planned for the Library Week. The conversations as mentioned in the parent sharing section are also valid here.
Social Networking Sites Revision of blog applications on school basis SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC June 2018 Completed
The use of individual projects as homework SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Gr7 Turkish: Advanced level students  were given the opportunity to create products for the story and poem competitions organized outside of the school * PR gr1 for the students who know reading, the contents of the studies were updated. Gr2 was finished.*The inter-disciplinary studies were revised on periodic basis. *gr1-gr2 homework tasks were revised. Grade 3-4 the revision of homework tasks for 2018-2019 years were included within the planning. MID: Homework tasks will be realized 2 times in a year and they will be project-basis tasks.
Workshops and seminars on real life scenarios Planning minimum 1 activity for each class of each grade June 2018 Completed
PRI-L5: Research Work and Projects Ensuring academic honesty is in effect throughout school life in the scope of K-12 SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
It was taken as a criterion for the researching and referencing study rubrics.
Maintaining development in all disciplines to improve students’ research skills. Making a list of research themes for each class SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC August 2017 Completed
PRI-L6: Development of High Level Literacy Skills Development of Reading Tree program Revision of K12 reading list SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC June 2018 The books to be added to and excluded out of the system are determined- New ws preparation program was done. * PR: committee was established. 25 new books were added. The committee which was established for 2018-2019 years will determine 1 unit for each one of the classes and will prepare pilot daily plans in connection with the class novels and then implement such plans.
Revision of books and texts SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
PR: The old books were excluded. The list for the books to be purchased was created. Some of the class novels at MID were changed.
PRI-L7: Learning Centered Planning:  Differentiation Defining the education planning strategy according to the student needs Improving the existing system for students who have shortcomings in their education as well as who are advanced. Writing down the procedures. SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
In ACIS system the studies for entering a mark for not completed objectives and taking reports on the basis of student-class- and levels were carried out. It was put into effect as of October 3rd. Turkish- English: For advanced students, there is a “Dual Language Project” application. Volunteer students can prepare 2 projects within a year. STEM projects and rotation activity plans were developed. PR-MS: Fixed tutorial days were specified.
PRI-L8: Counseling Program Development of counseling activities’ scope, content and procedures Integrating the Middle School PM curriculum into the existing program SP-ASP-AC-RÖ June 2019
Revision of middle school counseling program according to stages of development with age. SP-ASP-AC-RÖ June 2019
PRI-L9: Life Skills Identifying the life skill achievements and steps to be taken for the 1-8 group Indicate the achievement as a result of the responsibilities given to the students. SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
The procedure for students’ responsibilities was written. The committees are working on this area.
PRI-L10: Developing Education Materials Promoting collection of student feedback on the use and function of worksheets. SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
The criterion of evaluation of the study is added into all of the student task evaluation rubrics. (PR)
Ensuring sustainability in the application of worksheet standards (form-function-length-space usage) PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
The expectations are being shared during the August working periods and feedback is given on the prepared materials periodically…
The evaluation and follow-up of worksheet procedures Ensuring that the content and form of learning materials are up to standards PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
It was planned to provide the relevant feedback during the planning meetings and individual update meetings.
Identifying databanks to be used for research Giving training to teachers on the use and content of databanks AC-KS June 2019
Researching app’s related to education and preparation of course-based lists Choosing the gr1-4 app and promote its usage SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC-IT teachers June 2019
PRI-L11: Measurement and Evaluation Oral evaluation – Developing evaluation criteria for presentations and in class works SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC 2017-2022
(year-based)
1-4 presentation rubrics were revised and shared. 5-/ presentation rubrics were created and published by the committee.
Developing alternative written evaluations (Makeup exams – assessments of work done at home…) SP-ASP-AC-PS-FC June 2019 The performance tasks were added for 1st and 3rd semesters in the middle school for Mathematics and Social Sciences lectures. The quiz questions of social sciences were prepared according to the open book implementation.
Revision of the measurement and evaluation procedures and applications considering scales and skills and also ensure their standardization Automation of gr1-4 process evaluation and getting an analysis report SP-ASP-AC-ACIS team August 2017 5-7 ÖD procedures were revised- updated version was put in the parent’s handbook and procedures. 1-4 ÖD procedures were revised – the relevant changes about effort rubrics- homework tasks and e-school entries were all reflected on the relevant procedures.
PRI-L12: Sustainable Social Projects Development and promotion of social responsibility projects and implementations SP-ASP-AC 2017-2022
(year-based)
MS social responsibility studies were revised in order to create an infrastructure for the studies done at the high school.
PRI-L13: Learning School The students’ evaluations of  learning Maintaining existing applications with revisions SP-ASP-AC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Learning centered class observations and feedback Maintaining existing applications with revisions SP-ASP-AC 2017-2022
(year-based)
Generalize colleague observations based on a system Writing down the procedures for colleague observation system SP-ASP-AC August 2017 Completed
Defining what  passing from teacher observation to student observation is Within the existing criteria, prioritize the ones for evaluation that would yield such achievement AC-SP-ASP 2017-2022
(year-based)
Revision of the SRÖ system and conversion of it into counseling Planning 5-7 SRÖ coaching training AC-SP-ASP August 2017 Coaching training was received- putting into practice of it will be evaluated via observations and personal feedback.
Main Title Subtitle Target Sub-target Responsible Date Actions taken
Informatics ICT-1: ACIS (New model for the school intranet) Development of ACIS applications and using them effectively SP-ASP-AC-IT-ACIS team 2017-2022
(year-based)
ICT-2: Digital Archive Description and content of the archive Adding presentations made to the school archive SP-ASP-AC-FC-ACIS team June 2018 An ICT committee was established in order to ensure preparations of the programs for all school levels. The group started planning with Mr. Yavuz Samur, Head of Educational Technologies Department of BAÜ in March-2018.
Determine the procedures for setting up and using the archive SP-ASP-AC June 2018