Strategic Visioning and Planning – Planning Team

One of the most important processes in a school district results in the creation of a strategic plan that guides the work of continuous improvement. This three-to-five year plan is not a static document; it is, rather, a living guide reflecting the needs of students. Two teams will work in tandem and in parallel throughout our process facilitated by consultant Lori Likis who was instrumental in developing the Planning for Success model for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district leadership team’s visioning is enhanced by the analysis and diverse voices of those on the planning team.

Over the course of the early fall, a variety of groups have participated in a visioning protocol resulting in an abundance of data which will inform the ultimate strategic plan. As part of this process, many groups watched the YouTube video below which suggests what the future (defined as 2028) might hold for us all. We have shared it here because many found this to be a powerful discussion starter!

Homework Working Group

Homework, what it is, what it could be, and what it should be, has been a topic of discussion between faculty, parents/guardians, and students in our district and in districts across the country. These discussions have centered on questions of time, relevance, and stress. While there is no one way to answer the homework question, much has been written on how to help our students manage time, commitments, and stress. As the current school committee policy (IKB) was last considered in 2011, it is time to reconsider the purpose, place, and consistency of homework in Weston Public Schools (PK-12).

The working group will look at the current policy and practices as well as collect current data from faculty, students, and families with the goal of proposing an updated policy for school committee consideration that outlines the most effective and beneficial experiences for our students. Each group member will be responsible for conducting/collecting research, reading about homework and policies in other districts, and reporting back to the larger group. We will meet throughout the fall and early winter.