From the Superintendent's Desk
By Superintendent Leonard P. Lueck
Update on School District of Brodhead Goals
At the beginning of the school year the Brodhead School Board established two goals that they wanted to accomplish. The first goal was to prepare for the new State mandated “Educator Effectiveness” system. The second goal was to continue to find ways to engage the community. The District has demonstrated progress towards both of these goals and will continue to work on increasing success in both areas. This is an update on the progress of these goals.
There have been a number of activities and training sessions related to the Educator Effectiveness model. We started out the year with a presentation for the Board and an article describing this new mandate was submitted to the local newspapers. The entire District staff was required to watch an introduction video that was published by the Department of Public Instruction. The District successfully completed the grant process to have all of the Teachscape licenses paid for by the State. Teachscape is the evaluation tool that will be used with teachers and principals.
The Administrators have participated in two webinars and one full day of training. The Administrators have also completed all of the training modules, approximately 40 hours, and are reviewing for the final certification exam. Principals are completing a pilot process with one teacher from each building. The principals have also been directing training sessions during staff meetings as well as in-services.
All teachers have learned about the goal writing process and have written student learning outcomes and professional practice goals. The teachers have also learned about the teaching domains, evaluation process, forms, and procedures that will be followed starting next school year.
There is a lot of training that still needs to be completed. The Administrators have another webinar and full day of training in March, as well as completing the certification process. The entire staff will have to view another video from DPI and complete a full day of training on the evaluation tool/process. Finally, the Administrators will be completing a readiness assessment to evaluate what remains to be completed before implementation. Overall, the District has made good progress towards this goal.
The second District goal was to continue to work on engaging the community. Brodhead has always had a strong relationship with the community and the Board wanted to foster more growth in this area. Feedback from the community is vital to the success of our school programs and decisions. Many of the activities involving the community are done every year, but they still provide an opportunity for communication. We have attacked this goal by trying to bring the community into the schools as well as get our schools out into the community.
There are several activities that have brought the community into the schools. The District held another electronics collection. This provides the community an opportunity to dispose of electronics in a way that will not hurt the environment. The annual Veterans Day program was held at the Elementary School. The Art club held a “Throw a Thon” which brought in community members to help throw clay bowls for the annual soup dinner held at the High School. The Middle School held its annual Senior Citizen luncheon. Once again, there was a huge turnout for this program. All three schools held their annual holiday concerts. Different organizations have held food, clothing, blankets, and other types of drives to assist community organization in helping people in need. As a senior project, the High School held its annual blood drive to help the Red Cross. The High School also held its annual “In the Spotlight” dance competition.
There are also several activities that have brought the schools out into the community. The Middle School held its annual “Make a Difference Day”. This is a day that students go out into the community to help people and organizations. The Administrative team participated in a joint emergency activity that involved numerous organizations. There are some seniors and classes that are helping with the Pearl Island Project. Our band and show choir have performed for different organizations and at banquets. Our cross country team helped at the Habitat for Humanity house. Our Leo’s helped the Lions club hang holiday lights. All three schools were actively involved with the Fire and Ice community program. The District has worked with local clinics on a process for early detection of developmental issues in children.
There have been several other ways we have tried to engage the community. The School Board held a Public Meeting to discuss several issues that the schools are dealing with and provide the public an opportunity to address any questions they had. We continue to use social media and our new instant message system to keep people informed. We have submitted articles to the local newspapers concerning our energy project, the new Educator Effectiveness model, preparing students for college/workforce, positive reinforcement in the schools, the schools new communication system, technology, and internet safety. The District has been actively involved with several organizations in the community including the Chamber of Commerce, Optimist Club, Lions, United Way, Green County Leaders, Green County Death Review Team, Heroin Task Force, and Better Brodhead.
These are just some of the activities that the School District of Brodhead has completed to help accomplish their goals. We are always interested in hearing more ideas from the community. When schedules permit, we would love to become involved with your organization, activity, or attend a meeting. Questions, ideas, or invitations can be sent to Lenny Lueck, Superintendent of Brodhead Schools, or call 608-897-2141.