Goal setting for district success

Goal setting for district success
Posted on 02/13/2019

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Leander ISD’s more than 5,000 teachers and staff work diligently every day to ensure our students reach their full potential. Part of that effort is to establish goals for our children, staff and campuses.  We know that reaching each goal represents a significant step in our educational journey.

Likewise, it is important that our district sets goals for improvement. At the Feb. 7 board meeting, the LISD Board of Trustees formally adopted the following district goals for the 2019–20 school year: 

  1. Maximize academic growth for each student.
  2. Prepare each student for college and career success.
  3. Inspire the whole child.
  4. Engage every student in relevant learning.
  5. Ensure a world class workforce focused on student achievement.
  6. Manage district resources effectively.

These goals will be the foundation upon which we build performance measurements that define our success. How we establish goals requires an honest, accurate look at what LISD does well and where we need to improve. That is why LISD annually surveys our district teachers, staff and families so that they can anonymously submit their beliefs about the work environment, campus safety, academic programing and so much more.

The staff survey began last week, while the community survey will be sent to parents and students in March. The results of these anonymous surveys allows us to think critically about how we can make ourselves a better public school system. I hope all staff and each family will take the survey to make sure their voice is heard.

In addition to letting us know where we need to allocate our limited resources, your feedback and the goal setting that comes from it also helps us do three very important things: focus on improvement, measure progress and stay motivated to remain the very best school district in Texas.