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3. Student Needs

c. System mission, vision, goals and performance objectives

Guidelines / Requirements for compliance in this section (from the Peer-Response Rubric):


Narrative:

The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) vision, mission statement, and other goals were developed through a public review of our stakeholders, constituents, and employees.

District Vision Statement

Gwinnett County Public Schools will become a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful as they continue their education at the postsecondary level and/or enter the workforce.

Mission Statement

The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student, resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.

Strategic Goals to Support the Mission

Goal 1: Gwinnett County Public Schools will ensure a world-class education for all students by focusing on teaching and learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.

Goal 2: Gwinnett County Public Schools will ensure a safe, secure, and orderly environment for all.

Goal 3: Gwinnett County Public Schools will optimize student achievement through responsible stewardship of its financial resources and the proactive pursuit of all resources necessary to meet current and future demands.

Goal 4: Gwinnett County Public Schools will recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that achieves the mission and goals of the organization.

Goal 5: Gwinnett County Public Schools will meet the continuing and changing demand for essential information through technological systems and processes that support effective performance and desired results.

Goal 6: Gwinnett County Public Schools will provide and manage the system’s facilities and operations in an exemplary manner as determined by programmatic needs and best management practices.

Goal 7: Gwinnett County Public Schools will apply continuous quality improvement strategies and principles as the way the organization does business.

Because it is such an integral part of what we do and how we function, we’ve spent a lot of time defining what “world-class” means in our organization. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, “world-class” describes any product, service, or organization that is judged by qualitative and quantitative measures as one of the best in its class, and that is acknowledged, accepted, admired, and emulated by customers, stakeholders, professional peers, and competitors alike. In the context of this definition, schools that are considered to be “world-class” are characterized by the following:

Goals and performance objectives for student achievement and student technology literacy

As detailed in Section 3b, goals and performance objectives for student achievement and technology literacy are part of a site-based management system. Each school implements instructional technology as part of the curriculum, and the performance goals for students are integrated into the learning activities. In lieu of updated State DOE standards, GCPS is remaining consistent with the State DOE's plan to combine technology literacy goals and instructional goals.

GCPS Strategic Vision for Results

“A Strategic Vision for Results” is intended to communicate, internally and externally, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ strategic direction. As such, it provides the foundation for the strategic goals that guide the school system’s work now and seven-to-ten years forward.

This vision lists ten major components of the organization and the desired qualities and characteristics we believe are essential in a system of world-class schools. The document captures the desired state toward which we continuously strive. It also reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence, instructionally and operationally, through continuous quality improvement and accountability for results.

In the sections below, items that correlate to technology integration into the curriculum are emphasized using bold italic formatting.

Vision for GCPS...

As a highly regarded school system that is committed to being world class, Gwinnett County Public Schools will strive to become:
a. A system that is acknowledged, accepted, admired, and emulated by customers, stakeholders, professional peers, and competitors alike as a school system that is the best in its class.
b. A system of world-class schools where students demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be successful as they continue their education at the postsecondary level and/or enter the work force.
c. A system that is the school system of choice, worthy of the public’s support and confidence.

Vision for Leadership…

As internal stakeholders in a system of world-class schools, leaders in Gwinnett County Public Schools, regardless of position or job area:
a. Are passionate about the vision, mission and goals of the school system.
b. Effectively and consistently communicate to those they supervise how their work links and contributes to excellence in teaching and learning in the GCPS.
c. Lead by example and model the principles of “quality leadership” by being focused on the customer, the team, data, and results.
d. Exhibit high energy, energize others, and execute plans that turn vision into reality.
e. Are committed to being lifelong learners.
f. Accept that leadership is responsibility, not position, titles, or money.
g. Believe that every employee in every area of the school system has the capacity to be a leader.
h. Continually improve their own job performance so that the organization will continually improve.
i. Clearly understand what constitutes effective performance in the organization in order to achieve the desired results.
j. Nurture and promote a performance culture within their areas of the organization.
k. Understand that communication is an indispensable, primary responsibility of leadership.

Vision for Employees...

As key players in our quest to become a system of world-class schools, GCPS employees will be:
a. Committed to high expectations for student learning and willingly accountable for the results achieved.
b. Respectful of the cultural differences among groups of students and employees.
c. Caring, competent, and passionate in carrying out their responsibilities in an ethical manner.
d. Committed to continuous improvement-- customer focused, internally and externally; results oriented, and accountability driven.
e. Effective communicators within the organization and with the community.
f. Loyal to Gwinnett County Public Schools and supportive of its vision, mission, and goals.
g. Proficient users of technology.
h. Role models for all students, the community, and those in the education profession.
i. Lifelong learners committed to high standards of personal and professional growth.
j. Recognized for superior skills and overall job performance.

Vision for Students...

As customers of a system of world-class schools, our students will:
a. Perform on or above grade level as measured by the standards set in our essential curriculum, the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS), and evidenced through various local, state, national, and international assessments.
b. Take responsibility for their own learning and achievement.
c. Be successful after high school, whether they continue their formal education or immediately enter the workforce.
d. Learn in classrooms that are safe, orderly, and free from violence or disruption of any kind.
e. Demonstrate traditional values and good work habits.
f. Value and appreciate their school experience.
g. Develop and exhibit leadership and teamwork skills through their daily studies and participation in extracurricular activities.
h. Become effective problem solvers and communicators through the proficient use of technology.

Vision for Parents/Guardians...

As the child’s first and foremost teachers, and essential partners in a system of world-class schools, the parents/guardians of our students will be:
a. Involved in appropriate and meaningful ways at the local school and system levels.
b. Engaged with the child and the teacher(s) in the process of teaching and learning in the school, home, and community.
c. Proponents of setting high academic and behavioral expectations for their child, and active participants in helping the child meet or exceed them.
d. Partners in accountability for their child’s achievement.
e. Comfortable in all interactions with school personnel on behalf of the child.
f. Supportive of the school’s goals and initiatives in order to contribute to the school’s effectiveness and the child’s academic success.
g. Diligent in communicating with the teacher and the school on a regular, ongoing basis, making use of oral, written, and electronic means of sharing information, concerns, and ideas regarding the child’s learning.
h. Well-informed advocates for the school system’s direction and initiatives.

Vision for Curriculum and Instruction...

As the essential product and the core process of our system of world-class schools, curriculum and instruction in the GCPS will be distinguished by:
a. Clear alignment of the curriculum with instruction and assessment.
b. The continual review and revision of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) based on input from faculty, staff, parents, and the community.
c. Widespread knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) as a world-class curriculum.
d. A clear focus on desired results.
e. Teachers’ ability to access within and beyond the classroom the student data necessary for planning instruction.
f. Assessments that are used as teaching and learning tools as well as measures of performance, including Gateway tests that are used in making promotion decisions.
g. Instructional strategies that are relevant, challenging, and engaging to the learner.
h. Teachers’ ability to teach and assess reading as a first priority and a foundation for learning across the curriculum.
i. A commitment to providing both academic extensions to challenge students and appropriate interventions to help students who need more time and opportunity to learn.

Vision for Information Management and Technology...

As indispensable parts of the instructional and administrative infrastructure of any system of world-class schools, information management and technology in the GCPS will:
a. Advance teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning and problem-solving.
b. Provide learning opportunities through which students and staff receive, gather, analyze, and/or present information.
c. Provide all users the information, skills, and tools they need to perform their jobs effectively and make data-driven decisions.
d. Help teachers facilitate and evaluate student learning through a variety of methods with anytime, anywhere access.
e. Facilitate communication between the system and its internal and external customers.
f. Enable the system to achieve operational and analytical excellence through the use of progressive technology solutions.

Vision for Facilities...

As a system of world-class schools, GCPS’ facilities will include:
a. Classrooms within a standard school building for all students.
b. Continual improvement of schools so they conform to systemwide specifications and standards.
c. Schools that are designed, organized, and managed to ensure flexibility so that small learning communities may be created within large schools.
d. Appropriate spaces for alternative, nontraditional, or specialized programs that are necessary in order to meet our students’ varying instructional needs at all school levels.
e. Learning arenas beyond the classroom that contribute to increased student achievement, including system-level performing arts centers, an adult/teacher learning facility, and a community stadium for each school cluster.
f. Schools and central support facilities that are equipped for the system’s standard technology applications.
g. A central office facility to house all administrative and instructional personnel.
h. Attractive, well-maintained buildings and grounds.

Vision for Communication…

As a vital component of a system of world-class schools, a communication culture will be embraced throughout the organization that:
a. Acknowledges that communication is the responsibility of every internal and external stakeholder.
b. Promotes honest, reliable, two-way communication that builds trust and meets the highest standards of candor, openness, and accuracy.
c. Is grounded in a commitment to share accurate, timely, meaningful information with and by stakeholders.
d. Is driven by the needs and wants of the intended audience and involves the use of multiple communication channels.
e. Empowers stakeholders to be knowledgeable participants in the decision-making processes of the school system.

Vision for Public Image and Community Pride...

As a major factor in the economic vitality of the community at large, Gwinnett County Public Schools will constantly strive to be a system of world-class schools that:
a. Continually earns the trust of taxpayers and citizens through effective management of its resources-- financial, human, and physical.
b. Encourages the involvement of business partners in integrating instruction with workplace experiences for students and teachers.
c. Actively engages parents and community leaders in the work of the school and the system for the benefit of students.
d. Contributes to the county’s success and well-being through the leadership and contributions of its employees in the community.
e. Attracts residents, as well as employers, to Gwinnett County because of the system’s reputation for excellence in teaching and learning for all students.
f. Is regarded by the public as a school system of choice, worthy of the public’s support and confidence.
g. Effectively communicates with all audiences, both internal and external.


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