One of the biggest things that can drag down an organization is a culture that is satisfied with the status quo. In the last six months or so, we have established a number of key task force groups and committees that are designed to move our District forward and not allow us to accept status quo.
Our Innovation Task Force aims to develop recommendations and solutions to myriad of issues that need to be addressed in the District. One of the group's charges is to answer the question, “How can we empower staff to integrate technology into their classrooms?”
Springing from ideas brought up in the task force is a subcommittee that will take a look at recycling efforts in the District. The LCS Going Green committee aims to inform, update, and innovate the current recycling practices in our District and educate students and staff to be good stewards of our environment.
On the curricular side, in February and March teachers from all grade levels and all buildings gathered to meet to create a math and literacy framework for the District. This document developed will help be a guide for our teachers to understand what does literacy and math education mean to Lakewood City Schools? The teams met to develop a PreK-12 belief statement in the area of mathematics and literacy. These documents will include what we expect students to know and be able to do, how we will get them there, what we will do if students are not able to do these expectations, resources and strategies. The teams are very excited for the creation of these documents to help staff continue to guide their teaching.
Our elementary Report Card committee is wrapping up its work to create an improved method of measuring our K-5 learners’ progress and mastery. Parents this month are getting the chance to look at the proposed new cards and weigh in.
These committees were formed because we value our staff’s input. We want our initiatives to be born from the grassroots up. We need our staff, and at times, also our parents, to help find creative solutions to the issues facing our District.
We look forward to sharing with you in the future some of the solutions that arise from these task forces and committees.
Michael J. Barnes, Ed.D