Superintendent Dr. Jason Pearson has spent his first seven months in District 28 getting to know the community, parents, staff and students. On Tuesday, he reported on his findings and his vision for next steps in an Entry Plan Report.
“I wanted to have the opportunity to talk with people and listen to what they were saying about what they liked and enjoyed about the district as well as areas they felt like we could focus our attention on and provide improvement,” Dr. Pearson said.
Throughout the past seven months, Dr. Pearson visited 58 classrooms where teachers shared a lesson or unique learning experience. He met with more than 100 staff members at informal coffees to discuss values, strengths, and opportunities for growth. He visited with parents during 12 different events, meetings or concerts and held eight focus groups with students in grades 4 through 8 and GBN freshmen and sophomore students.
Dr. Pearson’s Entry Plan Report is organized into five categories: Culture of Learning, Belonging, High-Quality Staff, Fiscal Responsibility and Communication. He provided details in each category on the current context, values and strengths, areas of opportunity and next steps.
The steps outlined in the report provide a road map for the next seven months. Community, staff and student engagement will help shape a long-range facilities master plan and a 3-year to 5-year strategic plan. Read the full report.