I find this young couple's action inspiring. A significant amount of money will be invested in these three important areas. Of course, the fact they they will focus in part on education, is especially appealing. But it's not just the money; it's their motivation behind their philanthropy. Their mission is to advance human potential and promote equality. That's a staggering ambition. In their letter to their newborn daughter, they revealed their vision:
In District 197, the transformation has already begun. We have already made a commitment to personalizing learning in our Strategic Framework. Goal C states that we will personalize learning by offering multiple pathways and opportunities to explore individual interests and talents. But like all good things, it will take time, and it will evolve gradually.
First, we have been laying the groundwork for personalized learning by creating a guaranteed and viable curriculum and having a system of supports and services in place so all students can be successful. These efforts are a part of Goal A, where we seek to achieve measurable growth and continuous progress for each student. Before we can ensure measurable growth, we need to be clear about what we are teaching.
Second, we are creating a technology-rich environment, one in which we use technology as an accelerator for learning. Our EmPowerED initiative is our way of preparing students and teachers to use technology as a transformative tool, and we are taking it to scale.
Third, over the next six months, we will be developing a district vision for how personalized learning will look and feel in District 197. We will also determine what it will take to attain our vision. Having a clear idea of what it is we are trying to create is the first step in realizing our goal.
You can help shape this vision by joining us for a community-wide conversation on Monday, January 11. We will be meeting from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Warrior Hall at Henry Sibley High School. A light supper will be served, and child care is provided. We simply ask that you register in advance so we can plan accordingly. Click here to go to our registration site. You may be interested to know we have multiple panels planned throughout the evening where participants will hear from current and former Henry Sibley High School students. They'll tell us about their school experience and help us think about schooling in the future. You won't want to miss it.
Until then, have a restful and enjoyable winter break. I'll look forward to seeing you come January, when we pick up and continue our journey together.
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