Public input sought for what VB schools will need through 2025

October 12, 2018

The city's public school system is conducing a virtual town hall, through Dec. 28, for citizens to help develop its new strategic plan to guide the division from 2020 to 2025.

 

"Our community spoke loud and clear in 2014 when we sought their input about the division's future direction," said division superintendent, Dr. Aaron Spence. "That feedback was vital, as we developed Compass to 2020; and I believe was it one of the reasons we have seen such success under that plan. So we, again, want to hear from a broad spectrum of our community members, since this new plan will not only chart the course for teaching and learning that students will experience, but also become the cornerstone of what all Virginia Beach school staff members are working to achieve for students."

 

To gather fresh public input, the division recently launched a "Beyond 2020" website, complete with the virtual town hall and links to its Graduate Profile, which is a list of attributes that emerged from the previous strategic planning work in 2014, as some of the characteristics that students need to be ready for the future.

 

As part of the town hall, visitors will be asked to reflect on the graduate profile and provide insight into how the school division can best prepare students in achieving those attributes.

 

As part of the town hall, visitors will be asked to reflect on the graduate profile and provide insight into how the school division can best prepare students in achieving those attributes.

 

 

After the town hall closes, input will be shared with a steering committee comprised of students, parents, teachers, school division staff and leaders from higher education, the military, community organizations and businesses. That committee will identify priorities and draft the next strategic framework, which will be shared for public comment before it goes to the School Board for adoption later in 2019.

 

To learn more about the existing Compass to 2020 strategic plan, which is charting the division's course from 2015 to 2020, visit vbschools.com. That website includes digital storyboards of the progress the division made each year based on that strategic plan.

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