Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, community members, board members, administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents worked together to build a vision for what we wanted to see in our schools. As we reached out to the greater community and performed a needs assessment, we affirmed that we have exceptional community involvement, dedicated and committed educators, and a strong infrastructure to support student success. Yet we recognized that we need to do more if we’re going to build a stronger, more articulated system that will allow us to innovate and grow as a supervisory union.
This ACSU Strategic Plan is a bold, progressive roadmap to guide us as we work together to pursue a more personalized, engaging educational experience for our students. It is guided by our ACSU Vision and Mission statements, which reflect our shared community beliefs in education and its role in the development of articulate, committed, and successful citizens.
It will take great energy and dedication to move our supervisory union forward. When we look back on our student achievement data over time, we find that our averages stay relatively flat. We must look closely at our data and our systems, and work to support increased student and community engagement. We must think and act differently if we are going to support each student in developing to his or her full potential.
Our Action Teams, who worked with our community to develop our three foundational goals, laid out a clear path with specific strategic actions that will guide our direction over the course of the next five years. We will organize our work, evaluate our progress, and make changes as needed to be sure that we are moving forward, that all are aware of our progress, and that we build on our momentum and success to do what is needed for the students of ACSU. This will include the development of a targeted supervisory union-wide indicator system using multiple measures to gauge student achievement outcomes and the impact of our Strategic Plan.
Thanks to all of you throughout our community who took part in the ACSU Strategic Planning process. There is much work ahead, and I look forward to working together to ensure all of our students reach their full potential in an exceptional supervisory union.
Peter Burrows, Superintendent of Schools