The 2013-2014 school year is only weeks old but is shaping up to be a pivotal year in Gwinnett County Public Schools” (GCPS). That”s because four major initiatives that we believe are essential to improving student achievement all come together this year.
We have planned for and talked about these initiatives individually for some time now. Although they were developed and rolled out on unique timelines, and each has a specific focus, all four are fundamentally connected to the one “main thing” – our core business of teaching and learning.
Whether you are a patron or an employee of the school district, I urge you to follow our progress this year as we move to the next phase of implementing these significant initiatives:
First, we are fully implementing a new teacher evaluation system that will strengthen Gwinnett”s already fine teaching corps by helping teachers improve in 10 areas of professional practice.
Second, we continue aligning our AKS Curriculum with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, ensuring our students are taught the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college, careers, and productive citizenship.
Third, we are on track with the rollout of eCLASS, our instructional initiative that is combining technology resources, digital content, and powerful analytics to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms. This year we are piloting the curriculum and instruction component in 33 schools, and will expand eCLASS capabilities to other schools during the year.
The fourth initiative, developing the organization”s leaders, has been a priority for many years. In 2013-2014, the Quality-Plus Leader Academy will continue to train future school and district leaders, and provide ongoing learning for current leaders.
The prevailing theme for the district this year is “Connect.” It reflects the interrelationship of the four initiatives, and our desire to engage our internal and external stakeholders more closely in the work of the district. We invite you to “connect” with us and learn more about the four initiatives, which stem from our strategic direction and connect with our vision of becoming a system of world-class schools. Implementing the initiatives well will help us continue to improve and innovate, ensuring that we provide our 168,600-plus students the quality education their future demands.