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School district working to redefine vision, mission

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2013

In 2009-2010, the Uinta County School District No. 1 undertook the work of redefining our vision and mission for the benefit of our students. The resulting work defined our vision as ensuring that all students are prepared to meet the demands of 21st century citizenship, careers and post-secondary education.

Our next step as a community and school system is to help define what this vision means, related to our graduates, through creation of a graduate profile. A graduate profile by definition is a description of all the necessary knowledge and skills students will need to be prepared for 21st century citizenship, careers and post-secondary education. As we award students diplomas at the end of their 13-year journey, we continually have to ask, “What skills and knowledge are we sending them away with, are they the right ones, and is the world demanding something different from them?”

While we generally know the specific needs of the academic content from things like the Common Core Standards and testing, we also know that there are many other forms of skills, knowledge and dispositions our students will need to be successful in the future. By being clear collectively about what all students should know and be able to do, we can make more informed decisions about aligning our practices and resources to ensure success of our students in the 21st century, and meet our vision.

To help define the graduate profile, we are asking that community members spend a few minutes and take a survey that will have you rate what you think is most important for our students to know and be able to do in four key areas: content knowledge, cognitive and thinking strategies, dispositions and behaviors for learning, and transition skills.

District employees will also have an opportunity to take this survey so that we have a balance between school and community input. This survey will be open until April 15, at which time we will look at the results and determine what is essential for students to know and do from a variety of perspectives. The board will act on these recommendations sometime in May.

To take this survey go to the front page of our web site (www.uinta1.com) and click on the green button labeled Graduate Profile. Your input is highly valued so please take a few minutes and fill in this very important survey.

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