Supt. Update on Strategic Plan & COVID cases

Update on Strategic Plan, Culturally Responsive Ed. & COVID-19 cases
Posted on 05/28/2021

Greetings Families:

As we head into the long weekend, I want to thank our families and our staff whose loved ones have sacrificed so much serving our country. Also, thank you to those who have active service members in their families. Indeed, Memorial Day is a time to pause and reflect.

Finally, I offer thanks to you – our parents/guardians and staff – for the sacrifices you made to help get us closer to the finish line of the most unique school year ever. I will keep saying this because it’s true: We could not have gotten here without you and we did it for the best reason: To help our children and students. So, thank you again!

STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE
Our district has partnered with the University of Rochester Warner School of Education to develop the district’s next Strategic Plan. The changing landscape of education and evolving needs of students make this important work necessary. We look forward to developing a new Strategic Plan to meet the needs and interests of the students and school community as we look forward to upcoming years. Plan development began earlier this school year with the UR team collecting data related to the district, conducting interviews with individuals and small groups, facilitating focus group sessions with stakeholders, and administering a school community survey.

A West Irondequoit Planning Council was developed to work with the UR team to begin the process of developing the district’s plan. The Planning Council consists of representative stakeholders, including district administration, school administration, Board of Education, faculty, staff, students and parents/guardians from the WICSD. The Planning Council met Thursday, May 27 to begin the process of working with the University Team to assess the district’s current state, identify needs, and shape priorities for the district’s work. Council members spent the day assessing the current state of the district by reviewing and analyzing data, as well as identifying strengths and weaknesses related to various aspects (e.g. enrollment, achievement rates, programs, initiatives, etc.) of the District.

The Planning Council Team will meet again June 2nd and work through June to complete a Strategic Plan that aligns with the district’s mission, vision, and core beliefs, with goals that are measurable and attainable. Annual goals will be established, with articulated steps to support achievement and success. The District looks forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders in sharing the plan’s details and action steps. Updates will continue to be provided to the school community.

MORE ON CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE EDUCATION
We held the final Community Connections town-hall meeting of the school year this week and our focus was on Culturally Responsive Education. If you want to learn more about what that means I invite you to read our district’s definition of this important work below and watch the VIDEO REPLAY. Our instructional leaders handled some good questions during the hour-plus meeting. You also can find more information on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion section of our website.

What does Culturally Responsive Education mean in WICSD? To ensure all students feel welcomed and included in their learning, we will establish a culturally responsive educational structure in which instruction will consistently expose students to diverse racial, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual orientation, political, and personal perspectives; this will build a student’s capacity for empathy, as well as create a learning environment where all students feel seen and heard. All students will learn within an inclusive community that ensures they have access to challenging and rigorous experiences that promote their learning and growth.

COVID-19 CASE UPDATE
Since our last communication a week ago on May 21, the Monroe County Dept. of Public Health has reported three new cases in our District, one student each at Brookview, Southlawn and Irondequoit High School. Per federal privacy laws, we can’t disclose any more details or personally identifiable information. If you have questions, call the MCDPH Hotline at 753-5555.

•    For COVID-19 case updates/resources
•    For Superintendent Updates (since April 1st)

In partnership,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools