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Mike Scott
Mike Scott

Superintendent
2013-14 Listening Sessions

Superintendent Scott is planning three Listening Sessions for the 2013-14 school year:

  • Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m., Administration Center (3083 NE 49th Place)
  • Thursday, February 6 Rescheduled due to weather: Tuesday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., Administration Center (3083 NE 49th Place)
  • Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m., Rescheduled to Thursday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. Administration Center (3083 NE 49th Place)  Moving the listening session will allow Superintendent Scott to share finalized 2014-15 budget information with patrons.

In addition, he hosted a series of four Coffee Chats throughout the month of October 2013, and is repeating the series in March and April 2014:

  • Monday, March 31, 7:30-8:30am, Downtown Starbucks (105 E. Main Street)
  • Tuesday, April 8, 8:00-9:00am, Baseline Insomnia (5389 W. Baseline Road)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 8:30-9:30am, South Store Café (24485 SW Scholls Ferry Road)
  • Tuesday, April 29, 7:30-9:30am, Longbottom Coffee & Tea (4893 NW 235th Ave.)

These coffee chats provided an opportunity for patrons to meet Superintendent Scott, learn more about important activities going on in the District, and ask any questions they may have.  To see a flyer about the coffee chats, click here.

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Op-Ed to Hillsboro Tribune

Friday, August 30, 2013

Education is a Team Effort

At our recent Safety Summit, the keynote speaker asked the crowd of District administrators, representatives from other local school districts, and law enforcement and emergency services personnel from a variety of agencies who in the audience was responsible for ensuring student safety.  When just a small handful of people stood up, he asked the question again.  This time, everyone in the room took to their feet.

 

Similarly, if I were to ask our community who is responsible for children’s education, perhaps initially just school staff would raise their hand.  If I asked again and the full intention of the question was realized, my hope is that everyone would join them.

 

I have often stated that education is a team effort.  Granted, our teachers, school support staff and principals are those most directly involved, but responsibilities lie with each and every one of us to create and support a dynamic, culturally-responsive, safe, comprehensive, engaging, high-quality educational system that prepares students for their future.

 

It’s worth noting that the sense of urgency to do the absolute best by every student and give them all the tools they’ll need to be able to make choices in life is felt throughout the system.  The federal No Child Left Behind legislation of 2001 focused national attention on the fact that it is unacceptable to simply allow a certain percentage of our students to fail, especially knowing that a disproportionate number of those students are from underserved populations: racial and ethnic minorities, students living in poverty, and those whose first language is not English.

 

Questions that followed as an educational community were how to best realign our system and practices to ensure that all students are reaching their full potential, how to standardize efforts so they have common meaning from school to school and state to state, and how to be transparent and accountable—all in an environment of great demand and shrinking resources.

 

There have been many changes to the educational system over the past several years. Federal and state agencies and elected officials set regulations and pass laws in an attempt to affect positive change, track data, and respond to the needs of communities.  Districts and schools maintain compliance with rules and regulations, set goals for student achievement, focus their efforts in high leverage areas, and stay as flexible and responsive to student needs as possible.

 

What does all of the above actually look like?  Here are some examples:

  • Many states across the country, including Oregon, have adopted the Common Core State Standards to ensure that a K-12 education in one community encompasses the same elements as it would in another.
  • Standardized tests are becoming more rigorous to more accurately assess what students know and can do as a way to better prepare them for college and the workforce.
  • Oregon House Bill 2220 requires schools to communicate students’ progress toward meeting grade level academic standards at least once per year.
  • Oregon’s school and district report cards have been redesigned to provide more information on students’ achievement and growth and what structures are in place to generate improvements year over year.
  • Oregon Senate Bill 290 calls for a more rigorous teacher evaluation system that takes student achievement into account.
  • Hillsboro’s College and Career Pathways project is bringing businesses and higher education partners together with District staff to articulate options for students that will help them plan for their future.

 

These are just some of the many efforts under way in Hillsboro to continuously improve our educational delivery to students, ensure we have a highly effective staff, and communicate in a transparent manner with students and parents.

 

In just a few short days, we will welcome new kindergartners—the class of 2026!—as well as incoming seniors—the class of 2014—and all students in between.  Every day provides us the opportunity to help them learn and grow, each in their own way, on their path to becoming successful, educated young adults with a variety of options available to them.  I welcome and encourage all stakeholders—students, staff, parents, community members, business leaders, and higher education—to take ownership and pride in our District and help give our students the foundation they need for a bright future.

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