Superintendent’s Goals for 2018-2019
The mission of the Public Schools of Brookline is to ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and succeed in a diverse and evolving society. In order to achieve the goals put forth in this mission, the centrality of our focus must be on the classroom. It is what happens in our classrooms, outside our classrooms, and around our classrooms that matters.
As a District, we must support students and educators - both inside and outside of the classroom. Our investments in academic and social-emotional curriculum, professional learning, program supports, extra-curricular activities, and capital projects is what ensures that our schools provide the best possible, well-rounded education to all of our students.
Superintendent’s Student Learning Goal
This year, I will work with educators throughout the District to identify Brookline’s Essential Curriculum and develop our vision for innovative, engaging, and student-centered curriculum. Specifically, this vision will create integration and coherence across grades as we:
- Review our math program and evaluate our literacy program;
- Identify possible program improvements such as powerful and well-supported inclusion models, project-based learning methods, and thoughtful measures of progress; and
- Provide clarity for students and families about the support for struggling and advanced learners, including how we group and level students as they enter Brookline High School.
Superintendent’s Professional Practice Goal
I will focus on providing improved support to our deputy superintendents and senior staff so they are better able to support schools and their departments with a coordinated and coherent approach. In addition to our weekly team meetings, I will also have weekly individual meetings with each deputy superintendent. These weekly meetings will focus on the work of all departments and their support of our principals and schools.
I will also seek regular feedback on the timeliness and effectiveness of district office support from principals, vice principals, deans, and directors. Finally, I will continue to collect feedback from all educators - formally through the annual staff survey, and informally through my regular weekly visits to classrooms and school-based faculty meetings at all levels.
During the 2018-2019 school year, I will successfully organize the District to support multiple building projects including:
- The design and construction document phase of the Brookline High School expansion project, the start of construction for the BHS expansion project in June 2019, and the transition of 9th grade to the old Lincoln School starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
- Supporting the Feasibility Design Phase work for both the Baldwin and Driscoll expansion/renovation projects.
- Continuing to pursue partnership with the MSBA for a future Pierce expansion/renovation project.
The Public Schools of Brookline is deeply committed to maintaining high expectations for all students, and to eliminating the persistent opportunity and outcome gaps among students based on race, ethnicity, language, income and disability. Through the generosity of voters in the spring 2018 operating override, the District has a unique opportunity to successfully integrate the work of our new Senior Director of Educational Equity across and within all schools and departments in the District.
During the 2018-2019 school year, my work will focus on the successful recruitment, hiring, and onboarding of a Senior Director of Educational Equity. Specific goals will include:
- The formation of parent, educator, and student Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Advisory Committees
- In conjunction with educators, the development of a three-year professional learning plan related specifically to cultural competence, implicit bias, and the elimination of opportunity and outcome gaps in our schools.
- Work in partnership with the Director of Human Resources to continue important improvements in the recruitment, hiring, and mentoring of diverse educators so our teachers are reflective of our student body.
Our Offices of Teaching and Learning, Student Services, Administration and Finance, and Strategy and Performance have each developed detailed one and three-year goals in support of the overarching goals of strengthening communication, collaboration and community. Details of these goals can be found here.
I look forward to working together with the School Committee, the entire PSB team - educators, staff, students and families - and the Brookline community to unlock the talents and gifts within each of our students.