What are your priorities regarding school district?
Aspen teachers and school district staff recently came up with a list of values that guide them when educating our students. Academic excellence is on there, but so is a whole lot more.
Now the school board and administrators want to hear from you. What are your priorities? Are there any you would add to this list? Which ones are most important? Which ones are least important? How would you rank them?
Here is the list from teachers and staff:
Whole Child: every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged
Equity: access and improved outcomes for all
Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals
Collaboration: working together toward continuous improvement
Learner Mindset: possess the desire to learn, unlearn and relearn
Innovation: unique and unparalleled teaching and learning
Tenacity for Growth: perseverance and resilience to never stop growing
Global Citizenship: contribute and take action to make the world a better place
Empowerment: people having the tools and trust to succeed
Coherence: a logical and consistent system
Collaboration Collective Efficacy: a shared belief that through our collective action, we can positively influence student outcomes
Humility: freedom from arrogance and respect for others’ viewpoints
Academic Excellence: highest performing school district in the state/nation
Often, when we talk about improving our schools we hear about trade-offs that need to be made. For example, do we prioritize the instructional time needed to perform well on state tests and prepare our students for rigorous advanced courses? Or do we prioritize outdoor and experiential ed even though those trips mean sacrificing days and even weeks of academic time? Many of us want it all. How do we do that?
Defining our community’s values will help school officials answer these questions. Teachers came up with their list of values while working on the strategic plan, a document that will lay out the school district’s vision for the next 20 years and beyond. The strategic plan will guide not just academic decisions but also important budgetary decisions.
To provide your feedback on these values or the strategic plan, come to a community forum Jan. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Aspen High School Commons. Or if you don’t have time to attend the meeting, send an email to the school board at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the online form here:
The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is a collaborative group of parents, community members and district employees who work together to advise school board members and district leadership. State law requires each school district in Colorado to have a DAC. For more information about the DAC or to get involved, please contact Angela Rittenhouse at email@example.com.
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