Wednesday, August 03, 2011
FCPS Superintendent Kicks Off New School Year with Invitation to Share Ideas About the District's Future
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Jack D. Dale invited school system administrators to think about what the education system of the future should look like at the annual FCPS Leadership Conference held today at George Mason University. As part of a yearlong conversation, he encouraged them to visit http://fcps.uservoice.com to share ideas and comments about the future of FCPS.
Ideas will be posted on the site throughout the year; school system employees, parents, and members of the community are welcome to weigh in on these topics, vote for the ideas they prefer, and include their comments.
Focusing on last year’s challenge of building professional learning communities (PLC) and using best practices to raise the bar for all students and close achievement gaps, Dale cited four schools with intensive, focused PLCs that have had a direct influence on student achievement—Camelot, Dogwood, London Towne, and Washington Mill Elementary Schools—and encouraged district leaders to continue to use PLCs to support student success in the classroom. “As leaders of one of the greatest school divisions in the nation, we must constantly look ahead to see how we can shape the delivery of education to be effective for all children,” he said.
Dale said educators should help each student find his or her element—the meeting point between natural aptitude and personal passion—a term coined by Ken Robinson, author and leader in the development of creativity and innovation in business and education. “Our commitment here in FCPS is to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to achieve at the highest levels and help our students discover what possibilities for passion lie within them,” he stated. Dale encouraged attendees to be “creative, critical thinkers, communicators, and collaborators” in order to keep FCPS moving forward and to continue embedding 21st century skills of communication, adaptability, change management, and essential life skills into the classroom to help every student succeed.
A copy of Dale’s remarks can be found at http://www.fcps.edu/supt/leadershipconference11.pdf .
###Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.