See the result of the community feedback for the Brookfield School District.
Every five years, the Brookfield R-3 School District looks to pass a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). This document will shape the district for its lifespan, and will be evaluated by the board of education, administration, teachers, staff, and community; all as to its effectiveness.
“I was very pleased with the participation we had from community and stakeholders in developing our CSIP mission, vision and goals through the survey and large group meeting process,” said Superintendent Dr. Kyle Collins. “It is always an exciting time to participate with stakeholders to map out the future for the district. It is an excellent way to gain an understanding of what the district priorities should be and will give us guidance and focus for the next several years.”
The process involved the board, teachers, administration, and members of the local community. It took place over a couple of meetings, and then was turned over to the R-3 Administrative Team for final completion. Using the Baldrige Excellence Framework, which is a nationally-recognized leadership and success model, the committee and administration came up with the final CSIP document.
“The process is based on an organizational model created by Malcolm Baldrige which has been used in business and industry since 1987 and adopted by education in 1998 as a model for continuous improvement and performance excellence,” explained Collins. “Essentially, it allows everyone to have a stake in the education of students including parents, teachers, students, administrators and community members by working together to build a common vision, mission, core values and goals that address the needs of all students. It also provides a dynamic framework for continuous improvement as defined goals are reviewed and measured regularly to determine progress and make adjustments in strategy as needed.”
The first thing that the committee established was a series of priorities. The committee was broken into several subgroups, and priorities were established (these will be covered in detail later).
“We began in the first semester of last year by distributing a community survey to get feedback from our entire community as to what they thought our school district priorities should be and what they perceived to be the greatest challenges facing the district,” said Collins. “We received well over 300 responses to the survey from parents, community members, faculty and staff. We collected all of the data from the responses and comments from the survey and categorized them to help us in the next phase of our process.”
Collins continued: “The second phase of the process was to meet with stakeholders from across the district including; community members, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, students and local business representatives to analyze the survey data along with other student performance, and district financial information. We had over 40 people participate at two meetings in March and April to review all of this data and establish the district's priorities, mission and vision statement for the next five years.”
Next, the group came up with a Mission Statement (Teach...Learn...Grow...Every day.), and helped craft a Vision Statement. The Mission Statement is a motto, that is designed to motivate staff and students.
“The mission statement is a concise statement that focuses stakeholder expectations,” said Collins. “In our case, during the first of our large group meetings, we collaborated to create the mission statement; ‘Teach, Learn, Grow...Every Day.’ which we felt was a short, concise and memorable description of what we are here to do as a school district on a daily basis.”
The Vision Statement is a more detailed explanation of the district’s goals, aspirations, and expectations.
“The vision for the district reflects the priorities established through the CSIP process and what we would like our district to look like and what we want people to say about our district,” said Collins. “It is a much longer statement but it includes the collaborative thoughts of the committee using the survey comments as guidance.”
The new R-3 Vision Statement is:
“Our vision for the Brookfield R-3 School District is one in which children are educated through a collaborative approach among faculty, Staff, students, parents, and the community. Our Schools will provide a Student-centered teaching and learning environment working in partnership with families and our community. The school district will prepare students for Success by offering a curriculum that challenges all levels of learners to achieve their highest potential. The curricular and co-curricular activities will be centered on a commitment to innovation and achievement where students are motivated to learn with the assistance of quality instruction led by well-trained teachers and Supported by leading edge technology. Students will grow and learn at a rate that meets or exceeds state and national performance standards. The district will offer authentic learning opportunities that are relevant and provide real world experiences. Students will learn in a safe, positive, and welcoming environment where they are valued and supported, taking pride in their learning and having the courage to take risks in order to Succeed.”
The document also clarifies the expectations and definitions of: educators, schools, students, parents, and community.
The document outlines goals, and measurable objectives for these goals. Said goals also line up with the upcoming MSIP 5 document that the state will be releasing in the near future. The MSIP is the statewide version of the CSIP.
“The goals were developed based on the survey, district data and CSIP meetings,” said Collins. “We will have measurable objectives and develop district action steps related to each of these overall district goals.”
The goals are:
- Develop and enhance quality educational/instructional programs to improve overall and individual student academic performance.
- Attract, retain, and develop a high-quality staff.
- Ensure all facilities are safe and adequate to fulfill the purpose of our educational mission and vision.
- Keep up-to-date with technology hardware, software, application and support.
- Proactively and responsibly manage district growth, finances, and support services to improve student achievement.
- Improve internal and external stakeholder communication, involvement, and partnership.