Posted at: 03/29/2013 1:33 PM
Updated at: 03/29/2013 10:54 PM
By: Renee Passal
Several months ago, Superintendent Bill 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 have 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 our 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.
"In a complex and ever-changing world, having a clear, focused community vision for our schools will be vital to our success," said Superintendent Bill Gronseth. "This document is just the beginning." Gronseth says once finalized, the direction and ideals expressed in the document will be used to create a detailed action plan for ISD 709.
This plan will be specific and measurable, with attainable goals and objectives. Schools will also develop detailed plans which in turn will be used by teachers and staff.
A final document is expected to be presented to the Duluth School Board for approval in April. The draft vision document, along with detail from the community conversations, is available for public review and comment at www.duluth.k12.mn.us under Think Kids.