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ISD 709 Adopts Community Vision and Priorities

posted Jun 26, 2013, 1:43 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jun 26, 2013, 3:02 PM ]
The vision and priorities identified after months of community conversation through Think Kids will now be used to develop District and School improvement plans

During its regular April meeting, the Duluth School Board formally adopted the community vision and priorities identified after several months of “Think Kids” conversations.

“The conversations were candid, straightforward and ultimately grounded in a desire to see Duluth’s schools and students be successful,” said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.“These guiding principles are the result of good, thoughtful work on the part of our citizens.They will impact our district, schools, classrooms and community for years to come.”

Gronseth says the community vision and priorities will now be used as district and school improvement plans are developed.

“We will develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely,” said Gronseth.“The plans will include action steps to achieve short and long term goals andbenchmarks to help us assess progress.”

The process for developing the newly adopted community vision and priorities began several months ago when Superintendent Gronseth announced a communitywide conversation on local education, inviting the public to “think kids” as ISD 709 takes on challenges ranging from budgets to curriculum to school climate.

Nearly 2,000 people participated in the Think Kids conversation through community, parent and staff meetings, online surveys and other communication venues, sharing their ideas for the future of Duluth’s public schools.

In March, volunteer facilitators reviewed the results and participated in a process to help develop a draft vision document for ISD 709, weaving in the common values and beliefs about education identified through Think Kids.The document was shared for further public comment in late March and presented to the ISD 709 Education Committee at its regular meeting in April.