Speaking with Stawick
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On April 22, parents will be receiving an email from ECRA Group inviting them to take part in a survey for the District 146 Strategic Plan. It is very important for all parents to complete the survey so their values and beliefs can be taken into account as the District creates its Strategic Plan.

In 2014, the District began our first strategic plan journey. The outcome was a plan that guided us through years of improvement. I wanted to share some of the enhancements that were ushered in because of the efforts in 2013.

Addressing the Whole-Child
District 146 prides itself on teaching the whole-child. We focus not only on academics, but help shape upstanding, well-rounded, and effective citizens. At the elementary level, classroom teachers incorporate social/emotional curriculum into their everyday classes in collaboration with school counseling teams and social workers. Central students begin each day with an advisory class that focuses on social, emotional, and academic goals. They also take part in Encore classes that teach real-life skills tied to classes they enjoy like band, FACS, or art.

Full-Day Kindergarten
Full-day kindergarten is a reality today in part due to the 2014 Strategic Plan. We are already seeing the benefits of our full-day, play and discovery-based program. Teachers and families have commented on the growth and advantages of their students and are pleased with the results.

Enhanced Curriculum
The District has developed and adopted more rigorous curricula for kindergarten through grade 8 that align with the Illinois Learning Standards. Essential skills for students at all grade levels have also been identified and are being utilized by staff to drive instruction.

Time and Resources for Staff Collaboration
Collaboration between our staff is important as they share data, techniques, ideas, and information. Our staff has opportunities each week to meet in teams. Each year, some District staff attend a Professional Learning Community (PLC) conference that expands upon the best ways for our teachers to collaborate. 

The District’s Strategic Dashboard is currently built upon the Strategic Plan created in 2014. You can see more strategies we use to meet the Strategic Plan goals by visiting the Dashboard

Again, please take the time to complete the survey once you receive an email invitation from ECRA Group. It will only take about 15 minutes to complete, but will help the District for years to come. I really appreciate your time and commitment to District 146’s continuous improvement.
Posted by superintendent  On Apr 17, 2019 at 11:57 AM
  

As you may know, we have begun the process of updating the District’s Strategic Plan. The current plan was launched in 2014 and has driven our improvement over the last four years. We are very proud of the progress we have made on our goals. You can see our progress, along with some fast facts about the District, on the District’s Strategic Dashboard.

We are very excited to update the plan to identify our new goals for the future, which will be developed using feedback from our stakeholders. We have already conducted focus groups of parents, students, staff members, community leaders, and Board members. On Tuesday, January 15, a parent town hall meeting will be held in the Fulton Cafeteria at 6 p.m. If you are available, I encourage you to attend and share your input. Surveys will also be sent to make certain we gather information from all of the District’s stakeholders.

The inclusive, research-based strategic planning process assures our decisions are based on data rather than intuition. Most importantly, it helps us create the future of our schools in the image our stakeholders desire.

We have once again partnered with the ECRA Group to develop our new strategic plan. ECRA Group is a leader in educational assessment, research, analytics, and strategic planning, and assisted the District with our original Strategic Plan.

I will keep you all updated on the strategic planning process, and look forward to sharing the finished result with you later this year.

Posted by superintendent  On Jan 14, 2019 at 10:31 AM
  
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