2018 Visioning Process
In early November, we hosted 16 community visioning meetings and heard from over 400 students, staff, parents, and community members about where we're on track and where our community would like to see us go over the next five years. We appreciate everyone who participated in the process and truly value the insights and perspectives that were shared.
We are just starting to analyze what we heard last week. This wordle captures some of the big discussion themes. Overall, we heard that meeting participants felt their voices were heard through the process (4.6 average rating on a 5 point scale) and that the meetings were a valuable use of their time (4.7 average rating). Putting on these events was a team effort, and we’re grateful to all the hard work our school and staff (including family liaisons, school leaders, facilities, food services, technology, and transportation teams) put into making the event a success.
We believe every voice is important in this process. Because many were unable to attend a meeting to share their feedback and ideas about our schools and students, we are inviting anyone who hasn’t yet participated in this process to do so now through an online survey (English or Spanish). You’ll have an opportunity to learn what we’ve been working on since we last received direction from the community in 2013 and then provide your feedback to inform our direction going forward.
After we have collected more information over the next month, we will then share out a more formal summary. Thank you for your interest in education, our schools, and the future of our children.
2013 Visioning Process
We asked these same questions during the last visioning process in 2013, and we heard from almost 1,000 community members. Based on that feedback, we developed our current mission and core commitments and drafted a strategic plan. The district has been rigorous in pursuing the goals established by the community. Many of the initiatives undertaken five years ago have become routinized through the annual strategic planning process and regular operations of the district, including:
- use of a common instructional model;
- crew and Habits of a Scholar;
- differentiated supports for different student needs and learning challenges;
- more robust and embedded professional development;
- a commitment to instructional and leadership coaching;
- teacher and staff engagement in planning and decision-making;
- one-to-one laptops;
- aligning district and school budgets to strategic planning;
- increased and improved staff recruitment efforts; and
- higher quality and more systematic communications.