To accomplish the vision set forth in the education Blueprint, efforts are focused in these five strategic categories:
- Teaching and Learning
- Staffing and Facilities
- Family and Community Engagement
- Citizens and Policymaking
- Financial Resources
AREAS OF FOCUS
As part of the Commonwealth Education Blueprint project, a statewide survey was conducted to gauge the thoughts and ideas of educators, administrators, students, school directors and community members around the principles and goals of the Blueprint. Data indicated that support for the following areas was strongest, and these became our Areas of Focus in determining the elements of the Blueprint:
- Whole-child development
- Social-emotional learning and behavioral health
- Hands-on, project-based learning
- Pathways for career success
- Positive school climate and relationships between students & staff
1. TEACHING & LEARNING
Educators will facilitate individualized learning experiences and foster growth for students that will prepare them to be independent, life-long learners who can communicate, collaborate and problem solve. Successful teaching and learning values individuality, demonstrates cultural understanding, and embraces diverse learning styles and life experiences to overcome achievement and opportunity gaps.
2. STAFFING & FACILITIES
Staffing and facilities are essential resources that create positive learning environments that in which students thrive. Students need safe and functional learning spaces and delivery systems that empower them to achieve their highest potential. School staff and learning facilities must embrace innovation and be equipped to meet the needs of all learners.
3. FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Schools will engage families and communities to share resources and services so that all students and their families receive the academic and non-academic supports necessary to attain high-quality education in support of life-long learning.
4. CITIZENS & POLICYMAKING
Public education is a fundamental right and everyone in this commonwealth benefits from a universally supported public education. Education policy decisions must be student-centered and utilize multiple measures of data for promoting equitable opportunities for all students. As such, it is the responsibility of every citizen, resident, and policymaker to support the greater good of strong public education for all.
5. FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Schools will have the financial and other necessary resources to efficiently, effectively and equitably provide all students with an exceptional public education.