Paul Carriere, Superintendent of Rocky Mountain School District #6, knows that it takes more than pencils and books to equip his students and community for success. It also takes a village. Below, he shares how community input helped to shape the district's roadmap over the next five years.
- What do our students need to be successful in learning and life?
- What are some important things we should focus on as we are planning for the future of our School District?
What value did you get from your exchange?
The responses to these questions, after they had been rated and themed, provided the basis for a District Working Group to capture the values of the communities we serve. This has been incredibly helpful in determining where we will focus our collective efforts over the next 5 years.
What advice do you have for other people asking this question?
We really could have just asked the first question – asking the second one added some value to the process but not nearly what we thought it would. As surprising as it seems, one question would have been enough. It is also very important that a multi-stakeholder group works together to pull out the important themes, and that the process celebrates collaboration in arriving at the outcome.