IMPROVE STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND SAFETY
Improving school culture begins with ensuring students and staff feel safe through improved safety and security practices in each of our schools that incorporate prevention strategies and post-incident management. The district will also work to address chronic absenteeism and use discipline data to focus resources on ensuring students spend more time in classrooms learning.
IMPLEMENT SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING TO MAXIMIZE ENGAGEMENT
To ensure students thrive in the classroom, adults must have the social and emotional skills needed to develop supportive relationships. Through a customized social and emotional learning philosophy and approach that includes in-depth training, systems, and curriculum, teachers and staff will learn how to manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, and feel and show empathy for others while teaching the same skills to the students they serve. Increased engagement will extend past the classroom into opportunities for character and leadership through top-notch extracurricular activities.
FOSTER CULTURAL COMPETENCE ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION
As a district serving students of many backgrounds, it is our job to not only honor diversity but also work exhaustively to promote positive, effective, and culturally responsive interactions between students, staff, and community members. To that end, increased focus on equity and culture will be embedded in all areas of the organization.
Schools are designed to be places where students can thrive academically and socially. When schools are safe and welcoming, celebrate diversity, and embrace differences, students are more likely to attend school regularly, have fewer discipline issues, and share high morale with other students and staff. In turn, the interactions between students, staff, and the community promote positivity and success. While many of our schools have this type of culture, it is important for the district to develop a systematic approach to creating safe and secure learning environments that focus on the social, emotional, and cultural needs of every student.
- to learn in a school where they feel welcomed and safe;
- to learn how to understand and manage emotions and relationships to achieve their full potential;
- to have supportive relationships with caring adults; and
- to be respected and understand the importance of respecting others.