Superintendent Nancy Coogan and the Board of Directors are launching the next three years of planning, prioritization, and progress-monitoring for the Tukwila School District Strategic Plan. While the benchmarks and educational strategies in the strategic plan remain sound and embedded in community values, the Superintendent and Board of Directors are specifically interested in the technology goals, and ensuring that the strategic plan reflects the most current educational and industry standards. Because technology is continually evolving, because we live in one of the most technology-savvy areas in the world, and because technology is the foundation of 21st century learning, district leaders have decided it is time to “refresh” the technology-aspect of the strategic plan by engaging with stakeholders.
The Superintendent held three community meetings in January with the broad questions:
- What is our overall goal for scholars’ level of technology proficiency upon graduation?
- How must we use technology as a teaching practice and tool to ensure that students are achieving at maximum levels?
- How will we know that students are making progress toward technology proficiency throughout school?
Feedback and next steps
Initial feedback showed a strong emphasis on “blended learning” (an integration of face-to-face and online components that is individualized to meet the needs of every student), which is an overall priority that should be incorporated into the strategic plan. Four or five main recommendations arose for each essential question, and the Superintendent expects these elements to be included in the district’s Technology Plan, the roadmap for Strategic Plan implementation in this area.
Because we want as many students and stakeholders as possible to be part of the strategic-refresh process, we are inviting you to take an online survey. Much like in the face-to-face meetings, you will be able to prioritize among broad ideas provided by the groups as well as provide your own thoughts.
Thank you for lending your voice! TAKE THE SURVEY before April 12, 2017