This fall our staff have begun “unpacking.” No, we haven’t moved. Rather, we are unpacking the newly drafted core values for District 622. Last spring District 622 brought together a diverse group of staff, students, and community members to draft a new strategic plan. The foundation for that work was identifying the core values of the district. Over the course of more than a day of dialogue the team drafted these seven core values:
During workshop week before the start of school all staff were invited to an “unpacking” session. Staff individually reflected on the core values, talked in groups about what we need to start doing, keep doing, and stop doing in order to live our District values, and then considered what action they would take individually and as sites.
These values were the foundation to the other elements of the strategic plan: Mission, Mission Outcomes, and Strategies. They will guide our decisions in the years to come.
It is my hope that you see your own values reflected here and see yourself as part of the District 622 community, committed to developing and empowering lifelong learners to thrive in diverse communities.
District 622 is developing a new strategic plan. We last engaged in a strategic planning process 2008. That plan was refined in 2011. A lot has changed in the eight years since our last plan was created. We have seen changes in demographics, graduation requirements, and district programming.
In order to prepare for a strategic planning process, we began to engage with a variety of stakeholder groups to guide the development of the process. Focus groups that have met thus far to provide input include: School Board members, reps from various labor unions, teacher leaders, principals, cabinet, and Advisory (parents, community representatives, and staff).
To keep everyone informed throughout this process I want to share with you the themes that have emerged from initial conversations.
Principles to Guide Strategic Planning Process
Principles to Guide the Strategic Plan Product
Principles to Guide Strategic Plan Implementation
Please contact me if you have any questions.
The 2015-16 school year is off to a great start! Our 10,660 young scholars are engaged in rigorous coursework led by dedicated faculty and staff.
As the proud new Superintendent of District 622 North St. Paul — Maplewood — Oakdale, I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead this organization. Professionally, I have been in the education field for nineteen years. I began my career in the Peace Corps, as a teacher-trainer in the island country of Kiribati. Subsequently, I worked for Saint Paul Public Schools, where I held various roles. I began as a bilingual teacher and later became an Assistant Principal in 2002 and a Principal in 2004. From 2011-2015, as a district administrator, I held the roles of: Executive Director (Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development), Assistant Superintendent, and Chief Academic Officer.
Personally, I am also a proud 622 parent. Like you, I expect that my children receive excellent opportunities preparing them for the challenges of the 21st century. District 622 offers highly rigorous programming for students. I am proud to share that more than half of our high school students are accessing college level courses while still in high school, including my own daughter, at Tartan High School.
We have all heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As you can imagine, the role of family and community involvement are crucial to the success of our schools and student achievement. These rich partnerships strengthen the fibers that make our community so special and positively influence the future leaders and workforce of our society. I invite you to be part of building this foundation by visiting our schools on a tour or as a volunteer. We are proud of our positive, energetic and diverse classrooms and believe you will feel the same.
Our mission is to provide a community collaborative dedicated to educating and empowering all learners to excel in our changing world. Let us work together to make our network of schools a destination district. We are well on our way!
I am happy to answer your questions or share more information regarding District 622. Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (651)748-7411. I also encourage you to follow me on Twitter (@ISD622) as I share many positive stories and exciting activities and events that take place throughout the school district and community.