Academic Progress

Three-Year Vision

Academic Progress

Preparing young people for a rapidly changing world demands an education that is both rigorous and holistic. In a global economy, a high school diploma is no longer enough; graduates must be equipped to complete college or technical training. To thrive in today’s workforce, they must also hone the 21st Century skills employers seek, such as analytical thinking, creative problem-solving, communication and teamwork.

A holistic education instills the values and resilience needed for success, both in school and in life. Students must be taught how to learn from mistakes, build healthy relationships and pursue goals. They must learn to value their communities and contribute to the common good. So it is with this in mind that we place such a heavy emphasis on our first commitment to Academic Progress.

High Quality, Rigorous Instruction is the Foundation of a Holistic Education.

Challenging, well-designed instruction sharpens reasoning, sparks curiosity and deepens knowledge. Providing rigorous instruction for every child in every neighborhood is a matter of equity. At the same time, students arrive at our schools with a variety of learning needs. Combining rigor with the right support for each child is a powerful combination that gives all children the chance to reach their full potential. Over the next three years, we will improve instruction for all students, strengthen special education programming for those with disabilities and provide equitable access to rigorous programs that prepare students for 21st Century careers.

Talented, Empowered Teachers and Leaders Are a Catalyst for Student Learning

The more skills our teachers and leaders possess, the greater the heights our students can reach. Research shows that effective teachers make a tremendous difference in student achievement. The best school leaders magnify the power of great teachers by allowing them to collaborate, lead and mentor their peers. We will strengthen our efforts to attract, develop and retain the best teachers and leaders, especially in underserved neighborhoods and shortage areas, such as bilingual and special education.

Safe and Supportive Schools Create an Environment for Optimal Learning.

Students learn best when they feel safe, both physically and emotionally. We must ensure that every student feels welcomed, supported and respected in school by both peers and adults. Students also learn more when they have the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills, such as managing frustration, building relationships and making responsible decisions. Those skills are needed to persist with a tough math problem, collaborate on a group project, and to set goals for college and career. Well-maintained and well-equipped buildings also support learning. Research has found that school facilities have an enormous influence on student learning, behavior and health. We must invest equitably in school facilities across the city to support students’ well-being and academic progress.