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District seeks feedback to sharpen its '2020 Vision'

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 9, 2013) -- All are invited to join Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., for a series of community conversations to discuss the City School District of Albany’s draft roadmap for the future – “2020 Vision.”

 

The district is holding a series of open meetings in December and January to give all community members an opportunity to provide feedback on the district’s draft strategic roadmap. The roadmap includes a new mission, core values, vision and strategic directions to guide the district’s work to become the best urban school district in America by 2020.

 

The Board of Education, superintendent and district leadership have developed the draft 2020 Vision over the past year. The roadmap also includes input provided by community members last winter and spring during more than 20 “Fireside Chats with Dr. V,” small community meetings the superintendent held in homes and community centers city-wide.  

 

The upcoming series of community conversations, to be held alongside open forums for district staff members, will share details about 2020 Vision in its current forum, and gather feedback to inform revisions to the roadmap. The board is expected to consider a final version of 2020 Vision at its Feb. 6 meeting. 

 

Here are the dates for upcoming community meetings (you also can download a flyer with this information):

  • Monday, Dec. 16 – Alternative Learning Center, 50 Lark Street, 6-8 p.m. (dinner will be provided by Price Chopper and child care will be provided)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 8 –Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 108 Whitehall Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 9 – Albany Housing Authority, 200 South Pearl Street, 6-8 p.m. (dinner will be provided by Price Chopper and child care will be provided)

  • Monday, Jan. 13 – Arbor Hill Elementary School, 1 Arbor Drive, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

These community and staff conversations will begin to set a foundation for the district on how to work in partnership with all stakeholders to achieve the goals set out in 2020 Vision. Each meeting will include a presentation by Dr. V of the draft roadmap, followed by small group discussions to provide feedback around a specific set of guiding questions.

 

We hope you will be able to join us for these important conversations about the future of Albany’s public schools.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves nearly 9,000 students in 16 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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