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Dist. 211 presents updated instructional vision

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Submitted by District 211

In 2011, Palatine Schaumburg Township High School District 211 created a plan and vision that would ensure all of its students are college and career ready when they graduate.

Since implementing that plan and making significant progress with student learning, the district has revisited its instructional vision and direction, and has developed new categories to work toward student success.

The Instructional Vision and Direction plan was presented to the school board Nov. 14. It outlines goals and ways of meeting college and career readiness goals for the future in five different areas: Critical Learning Standards (CLSs), Global Competitive Skills, Non-Stop Learning; Community and Collaboration, and Active Student Citizenship.

"The district's Instructional Vision drives all that we do," said Dan Cates, superintendent-elect in District 211. "Our calling is to make sure that every student from every community and background has the skills and opportunities to compete with anyone in the world. Our teachers, coaches, and administrators create these opportunities every day."

Since the Instructional Vision was presented to the board two years ago, individuals throughout the district have contributed to solidifying the district's CLSs and increasing the rigor of instruction, infusing technology in the classroom and beyond, and creating more pathways for dual credit and career certifications.

"All this has occurred while responding to a growing number of students who commonly enter our doors with significant challenges in their own lives outside of school," Cates said. "It is the care, support and high expectations of our staff that make all the difference."

Cates said with the combined input of principals and their leadership teams, the updated instructional vision sets a strong course for the coming years.