The energy of a new school year always makes me feel like I want to be a kid again or to be back in the classroom teaching. Let's face it. That's where all the action is, right? Yet I also love the work I do as a superintendent, which has more to do with positioning the school district for success on a variety of fronts.
It is an exciting time to be leading a school district. The way in which we educate students is changing with the times, yet we balance the new with tried and true practices that have proven to be successful. It's a constant analysis in which we are engaged. Our work as administrators, school board members, teachers, and support staff is also heavily driven by our District 197 Strategic Framework. We are entering the third year of implementation, and this week the school board approved the annual update to the plan.
We have made significant progress in executing the action steps for the six goals that are articulated in a set of core strategies. You can see some of those accomplishments in my blog post from June 10th. However, we continue to look ahead to where we want to go as a district and how we'd like to see programs and services improve, and in some cases, be completely redesigned to better meet the needs of our 21st century learners.
My question for you is, as we implement our strategic plan, are we hitting the mark? Are we on the right track? Are we meeting your expectations when you think of our six goals? Where do we need to do more? We'd like to hear from you.
I invite you to be part of a year-long set of conversations around our Strategic Framework and our core strategies. The conversations are open to the public and all staff. We have three dates planned:
- Tuesday, September 22, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- Monday, January 11, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 7, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
All of the conversations will be in Warrior Hall (third floor) at Henry Sibley High School. We'll provide you with a light dinner. In order to know how many to plan for, we ask that you preregister at this link. We'll also ask you to tell us if you need child care or language translation.
When I think of the possibilities that lie before us, I get excited. I hope you do too. We want to hear from you, and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to join us in a conversation. By working together, we can achieve so much more on our path to making District 197 the leading educational choice, known for excellence and a wide range of exemplary programs and services that meet the needs of all students, every day.
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