The District Leadership Team is comprised of Rockford School Board members, district administrators, principals, teachers and Rockford Education Association leadership. The goal is to solve complex problems and identify processes that work well in Rockford Public Schools. Moving forward, we will publish our meeting communique here on the 205 VIBE!
The District Leadership Team (DLT) met on Monday, Oct. 15, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 pm.
In the check-in round, there were a number of positive comments about the School Improvement Planning (SIP) day, and more people understanding and digging into the data. On the other hand, there was consensus around the challenges of the poor performance on the student achievement data going down for the third year in a row.
There was continued conversation about the rollout of the School Scorecard. Schools and teachers are working on short-cycle goals and goal alignment from Professional Learning Community, to school, to district goals. There is excitement when teachers ask students for feedback, and students feel more involved in their own learning. There is a struggle for some teachers in feeling sometimes more pressure than support.
The issue of access to school buildings on weekends was discussed and resolved. Principals and teachers will work this out at the building level and be accountable at the building level.
The small group that met about the academic calendar reported that they have come up with a recommendation that is going through the process to work out any problems before final approval.
Earl Dotson Jr. shared information about the new 205 VIBE, a multimedia platform that should amplify the District’s narrative through many different voices.
The next DLT meeting is Nov. 19. Topics will include continued conversation about the Scorecard, the calendar, the cell phone policy and the results of the Employee Engagement Survey.
All Rockford Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Nov. 26, because of the severe weather.
Thank you to our teachers for all that you do!
Kishwaukee Elementary School Principal Aimee Kasper will continue her leadership role at the new Constance Lane Elementary School in the 2019-20 school year.
Rockford Public Schools this year launched a school-specific accountability tool called a School Scorecard.
The School Board voted to hold the line on tax collections by levying well below its allowable rate.
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