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Dist. 203 developing blueprint of learning priorities

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Naperville Unit District 203 is finalizing a blueprint that will lay out actions toward four main goals to achieve by 2020.

The blueprint is expected to be presented to the community during a state of the district address in early fall, Superintendent Dan Bridges said Monday.

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"The purpose is to really create clarity, to give us a sense of purpose in what we're doing, ensure that we're establishing clear priorities," Bridges said about the document, called the Focus 2020 Strategic Blueprint.

Bridges said much work toward the blueprint's four main goals already is underway.

Goals include creating practices that promote learning for all students; fostering an equitable, high-performance culture focused on learning; stewarding resources effectively to promote student learning; and communicating effectively with the community.

"Our promise as a school district is these are our priorities," Bridges said. "We will work toward accomplishing each of these things."

Each section of the blueprint is supported with a work plan and a more detailed project management plan. A top administrator and his or her department will be responsible for tracking and ensuring progress toward each goal.

The blueprint has been in the works since Bridges was appointed interim superintendent in April 2012, he said, and it has been built from input gathered during the Future Focus community engagement process last year.

Board members said they appreciate the blueprint's detailed approach to continuously improving the district.

"I loved the 'teaching to all kids' statement," board member Kristin Fitzgerald said.

They also asked how the blueprint will be flexible enough if new education mandates develop during the next six years. Bridges said the presence of a blueprint will allow administrators to assess what might have to wait if new priorities have to be addressed.

Once the blueprint is completed, Bridges said it will be adjusted as needed and presented to the school board at least once a year as the district aims to foster learning for all students in an equitable culture focused on achievement and clear communication.

"I see this district moving forward in all areas," Bridges said.

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