2012-13 Looking Ahead
Dear Educators, Community Members, and Parents,
More than ever, we are all educators. Parents are educators of their children, business owners are educators of their employees, workers are educators of those they provide services and goods to, and of course those of us in education take on a more formal and traditional role of educating our students. We all gain efficiency, understanding, and other value from working together. In most all walks of life today we are all evaluated and need to demonstrate good teamwork skills.
Team members need to know what is expected of them to be highly effective in their roles. What is it we can expect from our education team for the 2012-13 school year and looking forward? To answer that question, take a look at the top ten issues I have identified for the coming year. Here is my top ten list from #10 to #1 for the school year.
10) Universal Schools of Choice (virtual and physical)
9) Declining Enrollment
8) Limited School Funding
7) Emphasis on the Start and Finish
6) Collaboration Works
5) School Evaluation Works
4) Career and Technical Education Steps Up
3) More Experienced Teachers
2) Less Experienced Leaders
1) Measuring Up Matters
Look at number one, Measuring Up Matters. Those other nine items are factors we are dealing with while number one is where the rubber hits the road. Can all students read, do math, and can they apply the variety of skills they have learned at home, at work and in the community? How well they do reflects directly on all of us. It takes community support, it takes teamwork, and it takes our commitment to make our educational system the best it can be. Be part of it all this year, commit to helping our education measure up at home, in the community and in our schools. Together, everyone achieves more this year.