What You Need to Know For The Upcoming Mercer Island School District Improvement Plans
Mercer Island School District has set ambitious goals for improving the district’s educational system. There are two main aspects of the Mercer Island School District Improvement Plan, detailed below. Additionally, here are some of the changes that will soon take effect, as well as how these new initiatives can and will improve the educational standards of Mercer Island School District:
The first change will be a new mission statement. The 2015 – 2016 school year adopted a two-fold program to initiate the change district officials, teachers, and community members sought. One central point on the mission statement attempts to emphasize the district’s new vision for its schools. Briefly, the 2015 mission statement read, “Mercer Island Schools will deliver a 21st century education that prepares students to convert information into knowledge and create innovate solutions demonstrated by tomorrow’s world.” These are certainly necessary and important updates for Mercer Island Schools to remain at the forefront of educational excellence. Yet, this statement is so vague that the district has had difficulty implementing serious change for the betterment of the students.
A renewed vision is the second aspect of the 2015 – 2016 Mercer Island School District Implementation and reorganization. In full, that vision statement reads: “Our students will thrive in the cognitive, digital, and global world while sustaining their passion and inspiration for learning.” Unfortunately, while the ambition to revamp the district’s education system is admirable, the 2015 – 2016 vision is even more vague than the aforementioned mission statement.
All is not lost: Vision 2020
Vision 2020 is a robust plan scheduled to slowly roll out until it is finally implemented throughout Mercer Island Schools. The fundamentals of Vision 2020 include seven precise objectives to strengthen the teacher-student bond, teacher-parent/guardian bond, and student-parent/guardian relationship while maintaining an emphasis on scholastics. This can’t be accomplished without a set of stringent and straightforward guidelines to order to prepare teachers, parents, and students for Vision 2020. Below are the seven guidelines explaining the system, as well as an infographic to help you connect the dots.
Fundamentals of Vision 2020
- Create a more personalized learning atmosphere where differentiated instruction and student-centered education are responsive to students’ strengths and learning styles, interests and passions.
- Maintain the highest standards in the areas of fine arts; health/fitness; literacy – reading, writing and communications; mathematics; science; social studies, and world languages.
- Develop self-awareness, empathy, emotional/social intelligence, responsible decision-making and citizenship.
- Encourage and enable students to be academic entrepreneurs and risk-takers who can choose to pursue academic passions and interests beyond traditional curriculum and beyond the traditional classroom environment.
- Cultivate and foster thinking and process skills such as analytical and critical thinking, cross-discipline thinking, creativity, innovation, leadership, collaboration, communication, problem solving, and information and technology literacy in curriculum design.
- Cultivate Global Awareness and understanding of real-world problems, issues, concerns, commonalities, differences and interdependence.
- Foster and embrace diversity, inclusiveness, and equity with a focus on respect and acceptance of every student.
In essence, both the ends and the means of facilitating this new program can validate Vision 2020. Through directed learning, which encompasses direct and guided instruction, as well as facilitated learning – a collaborative and independent learning environment – students take responsibility for their work and get the guidance they need from direct and impactful instructors.
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