For the upcoming school year, she promises the parents of students they will see a school curriculum geared not only to student achievement but having students ready for a college or career, starting early in the child’s education.
“It is time we talk about where we are going with regard to the core curriculum and how well our school system is aligned with that,” Jackson said.
Although the emphasis this year will remain on student achievement at the individual school level, Jackson said additional emphasis will be placed in the new school year on how well the district is focused on such achievement.
“In other words, how well is our school district guiding our schools with the foundation for our student achievement plans measured through the data we receive,” she added.
The school district has been looking at different strategies regarding student achievement this summer with one change already being implemented for the new school year.
“This year, each of our schools will have an instructional facilitator,” Jackson said.
“These individuals will provide their schools an increased level of academic support with regard to the common core curriculum and will continually look at what we need to do to have our students more college and career ready,” she said.
In the new school year, the school district will be focused on not only increasing technology in the classroom but making sure students can use it successfully.
“The goal is not only for our teachers to understand and be able to use the available technology but make sure our students are able to access and use it as well,” Jackson said.
Although the school system plans to use technology to allow schools to more easily communicate with one another this coming school year, it also hopes to use it to communicate with classrooms throughout the world.
“Our mission to have our students ready to compete in an ever-growing global economy,” Jackson said.
“To be able to better accomplish this goal, we need to make sure we are able to give our students the opportunity to interact with teachers worldwide,” she said.
As an example, she said, suppose a Clayton class is studying China or even the Chinese language.
“Just think what a positive impact it would have on our students for us to be able to tap into a classroom in China or another part of the world,” Jackson said.
The school district plans to have this technology available to classes district-wide.