District 54 Community Committee Evaluates, Maps Future for Students

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District 54 Community Committee Evaluates, Maps Future for Students


In sports, it is called a game plan. The construction industry uses a blueprint. Business refers to it as a strategic plan. In School District 54, our Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals outline the action plan we follow.

A 40-member committee comprised of parents, teachers, support staff and administrators has been meeting during the past several months to update District 54's current Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals. Their charge is to review the current plan, evaluate how the district is performing and set student learning goals that will guide our work.

A Mission defines the fundamental purpose of an organization which, in our case, is every student learning at a high level. After careful consideration, the committee recommended to keep our current mission "Ensuring Student Success."

The next step in the process involved the team taking an in-depth look at District 54's Vision. The revised Vision further supports the district's commitment to continuous improvement and clearly delineates areas we will focus on over the next three to five years.

It goes without saying that student learning will continue to be our primary focus. To excel in a global society, our students will be working toward meeting college- and career-ready standards. They will be expected to set, monitor and surpass rigorous individual goals; take greater ownership of their learning; and actively participate in interventions and enrichment opportunities that are provided in each of our 27 schools.

Our students will be challenged to strengthen their critical and creative thinking through inquiry-based learning activities. Service-learning projects will be expanded. Treating everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect; demonstrating ethical and responsible behavior; and embracing the value of diversity will continue to be part of our routine practice. …

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