Monday, January 22, 2007

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session Monday, January 22, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Walker School Cafeteria.      Present were: 

 

Heidi Parker                 )           Chair

 

Ruth Alexander )          

Amy Amrhein               )           Board Members

Mat Marr                     )

Amy Patton                  )

                                                                       

Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Kate Dickson, Consultant

District Administrators

Community Members

Media Representative

 

 

I.          Call to Order

 

            The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.

 

II.         Roll Check

 

            A roll of the board was taken and all members were present.

 

III.       Community Forum on Strategic Planning

 

      Chair parker gave an overview of the September Summit and the process the Design Team has used.  Michelle Zundel commented on the work of the Design Team and the staff input process.

 

            The Board gave an overview of the strategic planning process and progress made to date.  Kate Dickson reviewed the mission, vision, and guiding principles for strategic planning as well as a review of strategic directions.

 

            Community members formed small groups and brainstormed strategies to support mission and strategic directions.

 

            Strategic directions were prioritized as follows:

 

(26)      We recruit and retain innovative, effective, exceptional teachers in all disciplines and grade levels.

 

(20)      All students have the skills and dispositions necessary to navigate a dynamic and changing world.

 

(16)      All teachers individualize rigorous instruction for all levels of learners.

 

(11)      Effective communication systems link student, staffs, parents and communities to achieve our mission.

 

(9)        Learning extends beyond school walls.

 

(8)        The school district and community provide students with state of the art instructional tools, practices and facilities.

 

(3)        Students and staff promote health and wellness for themselves, others and the planet.

 

The following input was gathered on Guiding Principles.

 

STUDENTS AND LEARNING:

WHAT WE LIKE

WHAT IS MISSING

Life-long learning

Relevant education

Concept of challenging

Apply/use knowledge

Each student unique

Better definition for students – include passion and responsibility.

Choices.

Include instructional practices, programs, evaluation and data in teaching and learning.

We believe students have unique learning styles, intelligences and passions and benefit when provided choices, support, and guidance in their education.

Emphasize positive environment and relationship development in students/staff.

Inclusion of various learning styles.

Separate concepts:  students, staff, teaching and learning.

Motivation.

Emotional safety.

Responsible

Support

Respect

Support and encouragement.

Each student is unique.

Inspiration for all learners

 

Tools

 

Uniquely individual

 

 

 

 

STAFF:

WHAT WE LIKE

WHAT IS MISSING

Best practices – great teaching

Concern about second statement – not all teachers innovators

We believe a community that values education values teachers = achieves best for students

Important that teachers valued by colleagues and administrators

Understanding teachers who engage students and inspire them to reach their full potential.

We are divided on the idea of “positive role models.”  “Dedicated” should be included.  Include “lifelong learners” in staff.  We believe that learning is best served when staff members are positive role models and lifelong learners dedicated to excellence.

Conscious, purposeful, deliberate.

Emphasize positive environment and relationship development in students/staff.

 

Separate concepts:  students, staff, teaching and learning.

 

Freedom

 

Support

 

Collaboration

 

Support for innovation

 

Opportunities to learn

 

Growth (professional development)

 

 

FACILITIES:

WHAT WE LIKE

WHAT IS MISSING

Boring, but correct.

Change “facilities” to environment.

Attractive

Adequate, appropriate

 

Accessibility (ADA)

 

Green

 

Windows

 

 

GENERAL COMMENTS REGARDING STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACILITIES:

Recommend bullets and shorter phrases.

Diversity – used as a positive, not a hindrance to moving forward.

Guiding principle for governance.

Empowerment of teachers and students.

Too many ideas packed into principles.

 

The following input was gathered on Vision.

 

WHAT WE LIKE

WHAT IS MISSING

Each student will have the academic knowledge and interpersonal skills to be successful citizens and stewards of the world.

Take out “stewards of world.”  Add “successful and responsible citizens.”

Stewards of the world

“will have” sounds….

Successful citizens

What does “attitude” mean? Sounds like chip on shoulder. Uncomfortable with word “attitude.”  What about ethics?

Skills

Responsible instead of successful.

Use of “attitude” implies values

Don’t like attitudes.

 Responsible

Enlightened citizenry

 All students will have the knowledge and skills and perspective to successfully contribute as responsible citizens and stewards of the world.

Motivation

 

Responsibility

 

Disposition

 

Honoring individuals’ learning styles

 

What does successful mean

 

Doesn’t reflect the environment

 

Not compelling juiciness

 

The following input was gathered on Mission.

 

WHAT WE LIKE

WHAT IS MISSING

Rigorous education today for global responsible citizens of tomorrow

What is excellence in learning?

Engaging students to reach their full potential

Too abstract

The future of every student is at the heart of all our choices

How is it specific to Ashland?

Succinct

Passion is missing

Linking teachers with learning

Physical – whole child

Use of “every” and “all”

Community

Rigorous

Innovation

Relevant

Enlightened

To encourage every student in a  rigorous and relevant education

Individuals

Every student

“Excellence in learning” – what does that mean?

Excellence

Question about use of word rigorous – some liked it/others questioned

“Education that matters”

Perhaps end sentence (mission) after “teaching.”

“Inspiring excellence”

Substitute “challenging” for rigorous

 

Substitute “stimulating” for “rigorous.”

 

In-depth

 

Inspiration – Ashland inspires excellence

 

Connect kids with their dreams and the skills to realize them

 

 

IV.       Adjournment

             

              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

             

Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary



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