Hello Everyone! My name is Mr. Robert Orfield, and I have always viewed education as a life-long journey. I enjoy learning about new things and helping others in the process. I have known since the 7th grade that I wanted to be a teacher. After completing high school I entered the U.S. Navy. I attended Air Traffic Control School in Millington, Tennessee and worked as an air traffic controller on the U.S.S. Nimitz, an aircraft carrier based in Norfolk, Virginia. After my enlistment, I attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Georgia after teaching elementary school for three years in Tennessee. I taught math and science in 6th and 8th grade as well as gifted students at Calhoun Middle School. I received a Master’s Degree in middle grades from West Georgia University. I received an add-on to the Master’s Degree in Administration before leaving the classroom. I served as the assistant principal of CMS for five years. I attended Lincoln Memorial University and received a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. I then served as the principal of Calhoun Middle School for three years. I then moved to the central office as the Exceptional Student Services Director for seven years. I am presently serving as the Director of School Improvement for the 2016-2017 school year.
I am married to Vicki Orfield, who works as a training manager for the school nutrition program. We have 2 children that attended Calhoun City Schools and both have graduated from the University of Georgia. Marcus is teaching English in South Korea. Megan is teaching English in China. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives as we go through this educational journey together.
The mission of the School Improvement department is to provide leadership and support in the areas of district and school improvement, to maximize student achievement.
Calhoun City Schools has a rich tradition of excellence through a process of Continuous Improvement Planning. One of the major elements of this process is the Plan, Do, Check, Act model. Stakeholder groups comprised of teachers, administrators, parents and business/community leaders meet regularly to review and revise system and school improvement plans. They are charged with examining data from all sub groups of the student body and to address the unique academic needs of students served through each federal program. School Improvement is a continuous process schools use to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels. All schools, in collaboration with families, students, and communities, can create better environments so that all students are successful. Continuous improvement of public schools is essential to providing increased student performance and quality results. Innovative, exemplary, and research based programs, coupled with staff development, focused and aligned resources, and public participation in planning are critical factors in improving schools.
Roles and Responsibilities as School Improvement Director
Facilitate programs and services for the school system while working with school leadership teams in the effective implementation of a systematic approach to improving education and learning for all children.
To collaborate with school staff to assess school needs and services, instructional programs and strategies, and implement an effective curriculum and method for improving instruction to ensure that all students learn to their highest potential.
Provide leadership, direction, and assistance in all areas related to Equity. Assist schools with implementation of all equity recommendations with special emphasis on those related to student achievement.
Maintain a current knowledge base in several areas: curriculum and instruction, best practices in education, special education, strategies for school improvement, strategies for closing achievement gaps, effective management and communication strategies, all applicable Federal and State regulations, and all local Board policies and procedures.
Collaborate with District staff and others to develop, implement, and/or obtain and provide needed resources, services, and materials for the students.
Respond in a timely manner to parent and community concerns about school improvement programs and related issues upon request and/or as needed; facilitate group meetings as needed.
Attend and actively participate in the following meetings:, Instructional and Non-Instructional Directors’, School Councils, Board of Education, and others as needed.
Assist schools with the development and implementation of comprehensive improvement plans and professional growth plans.
Work on the development, implementation, and evaluation of the comprehensive district improvement plan, system equity plan and other school district projects and committees.
Review and analyze all student achievement data, and use the results to create reports and presentations as needed.
Coordinates the management and monitoring aspects of comprehensive school improvement planning.
Keeps abreast of current trends and practices in the content areas and in instructional leadership and disseminates professional information and materials to others.
Performs other duties as necessary for comprehensive school improvement.