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Pursuit Of World-Class: Next Steps For School District 308 Dr. Matthew Wendt Superintendent of Schools August 16, 2013

Thank You… – For The WELCOME & SUPPORT – Allowing me the OPPORTUNITY to serve you & the citizens of School District 308 – It truly is an HONOR & PRIVILEGE

Dr. & Mrs. Wendt

Ryan & Rachel Wendt

Ra chel & Ry a n

Our Favorite Adopted Children‌

Rocky & Rambo

Welcome Our Newest Members To The 308 Family‌


Welcome Our 1 st Yea r Tea chers!

How Many Years Of Experience Do You Have Today?

Praises: • Individual Schools (Staff) • Facilities • Parent Involvement • Community Support • Potential • Deep Care & Commitment • Tradition

Concerns: • Poor Academic Achievement • Board Governance & Strategic Planning • Multiple Communities Served • Reputation; Work through Differences • Fragmented; Not Systemic • Lack of Communication • Turnover/Fear of Losing Good People • High Taxes

THANK YOU… • … For Encouraging Each Other • … Speaking Highly of School District 308 • … Remaining Positive; Upbeat • … Focused on Your Position & Kids – Teachers – Support Staff – Coaches


Working Together!!

2012-13 Priorities Significant Accomplishments • Reduction: $7.5M Deficit • Restructure: Department of Transportation • 2013-14 School Calendar – Final Exams = December – No 5 Hr./Early Dismissals – Adjustments to Institute Days

• Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning • Restructure: Department of Teaching & Learning • Board of Education Advisory Committees

2012-13 Priorities Significant Accomplishments • • • • • • • • •

Employee & Parent Climate Survey Various Administrative Personnel Changes District Leadership Council (Adm./Associations) New Organizational Chart Elementary Start/End Times H.S. Online Learning H.S. Dual Credit Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Program High School Academic Support Time

Time to Move Forward… 2013-14 Priorities

• Professional Learning Community (PLC) • Strategic Planning • Technology Advisory Committee • Communications Plan • Online Learning & Blended Models • Dual Credit

Time to Move Forward… 2013-14 Priorities

• • • • • • •

Special Education Audit Gifted/Talented Education Professional Development/Training ELL Services 5-Year Enrollment Projections Facilities Planning & Building Utilization Kindergarten: Full Day or ???

Time to Move Forward… 2013-14 Priorities

• Modern/World Language Programs • Senior Year • Flexibility: Teacher & Students • State of the District Report • Sales Tax • Student Survey

Time to Move Forward… 2013-14 Priorities

• Data Warehouse • Mathematics Curriculum • Common Core (Professional Development; Implementation) • Bullying & Harassment • Employee Recognition Program


No Additional Local Tax Revenue

It Will NOT Be Easy… And We Will Have Our Challenges, BUT…

Transition To World-Class • We Must Provide Resources • We Must Include Training • We Must Adjust Instruction

Transition to World-Class • Parents Are Sending Us Their Best • 50% of Graduates Scoring Below Proficient Ends • We CANNOT improve by asking KIDS to CHANGE

– WE… must change – WE… must improve – WE… must be willing to “do school different!

Quote By: Rumi

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world; today I am wise so I am changing myself.�

The Future School District 308 • Realization: Not An Employment Agency • Realization: Focus Is Not On Adults “If It Does Not Improve Academic Achievement… We Will End It.” • Realization: There Will Be A “308 Way”

The 308 Way: Will… • Improve Leadership • Improve Teaching • Improve Academic Achievement Kids Need Us… Want Us… Look Up To Us. Many Examples Of GREAT SUCCESS!

Moving To World-Class Means…

• Every student is OUR student; 308 students belong to everyone! • Kids should not experience a different QUALITY of education based on a school or teacher. • When kids think of integrity, fairness and caring… kids should think of us.

THANK YOU & BEST WISHES! Sincerely, Matthew Wendt Dr. Matthew Wendt Superintendent of Schools

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