SOUTH KINGSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
307 Curtis Corner Road, Wakefield, RI 02879 401.360.1300
The South Kingstown School Department is conducting a comprehensive long term education plan to be utilized by the District for the next twenty years. The Plan will establish long term strategic action based on factors-the most important of which should be the quality of education and social development of all students. The study will be driven by achieving educational goals that benefit students such as: 1) determining optimal grade configuration to ensure that complex curriculum goals may be achieved as well as providing an environment that maximizes social development and extracurricular participation; 2) achieving curriculum enhancement at all grade levels; and, 3) the least disruptive process that ensures that current students' educational, social, and extracurricular opportunities and academic achievements are not compromised.
The goal of the Community Engagement Plan is to involve as many community members as possible – parents, community members without children in school, internal groups of educators and support staff, etc. The below strategies will involve face-to-face interaction with some 700 community members in more than 20 individual sessions. This number does not include those who will fill out surveys and who may attend public presentations of process updates and the draft report. The web-site will be updated whenever new and relevant information is available as part of the process – with two digital download newsletters being produced at key junctures in the process
• Website: The site will continue to be built with ongoing updates, as new information is available.
• School-Based Focus Groups: From August-October, hold focus groups with parents and students (middle school & high school) in each of the schools. Focus groups (by definition) consist of 8-12 participants who are basically alike. Based on the feedback from community surveys, the consultant will recommend the number of focus groups for the chosen areas of representation. We will seek to create as many opportunities as possible for those interested in being a part of the study. Because survey results will be dynamic to inform the focus group effort as the process evolves, total numbers and participation will remain fluid and open through most of the summer.
• Staff Meeting(s): Survey and engage entire staff and faculty in September to get input and outline the process.
• Community Education Summit: In October, a half- or full-day event where all participants are chosen by their respective community group, surveyed before the summit and engaged at the summit in heterogenous groupings. Upon completion of the visioning sessions with the Town Board and School Committee, the consultant will recommend how delegates will be chosen to participate in the summit. We like to engage no more than 10-12 heterogeneous groups of 8-12 representing students, teachers, administrators, support staff, senior citizens, board committee, parents, non-parents, community leaders, etc.
• Newsletters: One or two newsletters may be put together as digital downloads from both the school district’s and Legacy Planning sites.
• Process Updates: We will deliver monthly presentations to the Board committee on the progress of the process, either by written or oral reports.
• Video Presentations: This production will look at special things going on now that can be celebrated and why creating a vision for the future is so vital.
• Legacy Teams: Create grade level Legacy Visioning Teams consisting of teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and students (middle & high school). The team is empaneled for a 1/2 day visioning session that looks at future strategies related to implementing a long range vision for the District and how that would be done at a particular grade level – elementary, “ele-middle,” middle and high school. Prepare individual online surveys for Legacy teams. We will hold half-day visioning sessions with each team.
• Second Community Education Summit: In early December, a second community education summit will be planned. This may be used as a facilitated forum to get structured input about the potential options on the table, or it could be further visioning on the future of a particular option that has naturally arisen as a community favorite.
• Report: A public presentation of the options will be held sometime in early January, depending on the timeline of the process.
HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS?
A VISION FOR SK SCHOOLS