quick updates

I have been offline a bit lately and several things have been happening. I do not expect to cover all of them, but here are some highlights that have hit my mailbox:

Two twitter chats, today and tomorrow

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (@CHCEDC) and Champaign Unit #4 Schools (@Unit4Schools) will kick off a new series of Twitter chats during the first week of August that cover various topics relevant to the District and Champaign County. The first two chats—scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 from 4-5 p.m. and Wednesday, August 7 from 10-11 a.m.—will focus on all things back-to-school and answer questions on topics such as enrollment, bus schedules, physical exams/forms, food service, the new District website, and anything else participants would like to ask. Use hashtag #AskUnit4.

 

Part 2 of the Board Retreat (concluding the first one in June)

The Board and the Administration completed rolling out the 6 goals for the Superintendent this year:

  1. The Superintendent will foster high academic achievement, wellness, and well-being among all learners in a safe, supportive environment.
  2. The Superintendent will align the District’s priorities and resources through a community-involved planning process implemented through focused action plans with regular progress reports.
  3. The Superintendent will retain, hire, and support highly qualified faculty and staff that will best serve the District’s diverse student population.
  4. The Superintendent will effectively and efficiently engage parents and other community stakeholders resulting in strong partnerships.
  5. The Superintendent will leverage the strength of the District’s diverse population to create a rich academic and social environment in each of the District’s schools.
  6. The Superintendent will revitalize, build, and maintain facilities that are safe, sustainable and allow equitable access to programming services across the District.

SUMMARY

The goals we have set are ambitious, but I am confident that we have the talent and dedication to rise to the challenges that lie ahead. Below you will find each goal and a description of how we will work to achieve it. As your Superintendent, I will work with each of you to ensure our collective success.

 

CSUF received a $100k gift for CUScholars

https://cuschoolsfoundation.org/the-cu-schools-foundation-receives-100000-00-commitment-for-its-cuscholars-program/

 

eToys and entrepreneurship

Kerris Lee was officially sworn to the board last night; he brings a bit of experience with the eToys program at Kenwood via the MTSE (Mathematics, Science and Technology Education) office at the University. He has a passion to instill entrepreneur skills in students of all ages, and I am excited to learn more about his involvements at the University, Parkland and Unit 4.

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3 Responses to “quick updates”

  1. Vav Says:

    Disappointed with the goals. These are great things that the Superintendent should do, but as they are written there is little measurable behavior to understand successful completion or progress against the goal. It would not be hard to put measurable behaviors against these goals.

    I recommend the board consider adding some metrics to these goals so that next summer it is more than a subjective performance evaluation. It might look like:
    #4 – the superintendent will facilitate x online parent engagement events, y events in the evenings at school sites, z events in the districts minority communities. The superintendent will meet monthly with UIUC representatives, Meet with x business leaders monthly, and …
    The events and meetings will be counted toward this goal on submittal of a meeting report to the board of education.

    Thoughts???

  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    You mean, like an Achievement Framework for the Superintendent? *gasp* That’s just….. preposterous!

    *grin*

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    Dr. Wiegand was on the WDWS morning show (August 8th) talking about the Superintendent Goals.

    8 minutes
    http://www.wdws.com/audio/2013-08-08/champaign-school-superintendent-judy-wiegand-882013.html


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