I have received a few questions about the results of the continuous learning survey we sent out to parents, and how we went about making a decision about our continuous learning model. While a great deal of work went into the decision, I want to share a few key pieces of our work.
We began with the creation of a logic model; a graphic representation of a complex issue, problem, or process. This was an important step because it allowed us to maintain a focus on our priorities, and key short, medium, and long-term desired outcomes.
We also brought together a representative group of district stakeholders (two board members, administrators, TLC team members, and teachers) to work through several quality/continual improvement processing tools focused on key questions and best practice in continuous learning. You can access the agenda for that meeting at the link below in order to gain a deeper understanding of what occurred.
DCSD Continuous Learning Prep Meeting Agenda
Additionally, we asked for feedback from parents. You can review combined district results, and building specific results by clicking through the Google slides below.
As a district, we recently went through a process to renew our mission, vision, and values. My hope is that as you review the process we used to make a decision, and plan for emergency closure continuous learning, you will see evidence of our newly established values. We believe these are more than just words; we want to live our values through our daily work.
Decorah Community School District is guided by the following core values:
Collaboration and Community – We believe collaboration and community partnerships promote innovation and shared responsibility.
Curiosity and Creativity – We believe curiosity and creativity lead to meaningful learning.
Engagement and Excellence – We believe engagement and excellence foster personal ownership, and pride and joy in work and learning.
Equity and Well-being – We believe equity and well-being ensure a safe learning environment, a sense of belonging, and student success.
Integrity and Humility – We believe integrity and humility create respectful, trusting relationships.
Stewardship and Sustainability – We believe stewardship and sustainability promote efficient and effective operations now and in the future.
Thank you to the parents who provided feedback through our surveys, and thank you to our staff who worked collaboratively to meet the needs of our students and families in this unique time.