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  1. A mission statement is useless if the teachers aren't given the freedom to teach the curriculum how they want, but are instead forced to "teach" in a way they disagree with and with which they are not comfortable. "Teaching" just so the students can pass the MAP is not teaching. I feel I should write a letter of apology to the parents of my students this year because their children have been deprived of the education that my students in previous years were given. If you're going to have a mission then teachers should play a legitimate part in achieving it. Otherwise it's just a bunch of meaningless words.

    Submitted: 2/15/10

  2. I don't like the word curious - it reminds me of Curious George. I don't really like the alliteration either what about the word inquisitive.

    Submitted: 2/15/10

  3. I disagree with the use of the verb ensure in the Mission Statement. According to dictionary.com ensure means "to secure or guarantee". As an educational institution I don't believe that we can guarantee that ALL students leaving our hallowed halls will be capable, curious and confident learners. Also, I don't believe that this is a measurable goal. I do believe it is our duty as educator to provide all students with every opportunity to become capable, curious and confident learners.

    Submitted: 2/15/10

  4. I like the addition of the learning principles and I have heard good things about them from staff at our various meetings throughout the district. As a witness to the transformative powerd of UbD in my own classroom, and as a member of our school's PDC, I am interested to see how we promote the staff development side of this. Having been to a UbD 101 summer wokrshop, and with plans to attend another this summer, I know how important it will be to provide ample development opportunities at all levels (of education and knowledge about the program.) I will do what I can at my school as well, but I urge all committee members to keep this part of it in mind, as the teachers are the footsoldiers of this overhaul.

    Submitted: 2/13/10

  5. What's wrong with the CURRENT mission statement? The fact that it focuses pretty much on academics, like a school district is supposed to, rather than on promising all things to all people?

    Current Statement: www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/boe/goals.cfm

    We have a decent mission statement already. Let's stop wasting time and resources on a new and--from what I've seen so far--unimproved one.

    Submitted: 2/10/10

  6. Sounds like continuing Pie in the Sky. Just let the excellent teachers in Parkway TEACH!

    Submitted: 2/10/10

  7. I appreciate the focus of the Mission and Vision on students and outcomes for their learning, but would also like to see what responsibility adults in the district have in relation to the behaviors identified in the Mission, Vision and Learning Priniciples.

    Submitted: 2/10/10

  8. As a health care professional living and working in the district, I think a valid point is missing. Healthy students make better learner. School nurses work in concert with staff to ensure that students are able and ready to learn each day. Assessing and meeting the health care needs of the students allows them to be in attendance and ready to learn. Thank you.

    Submitted: 2/10/10

  9. I like the evolution of the statement. I have 2 observations/suggestions. There is little in the vision statement about adult staff having input/effect on the student's outcomes. The statement does not have anything to suggest that our graduates will also create the challenges of the future, not just react/adapt to those challenges.

    Submitted: 2/10/10

  10. I'm not a big fan of obscure statements that don't seem to address the real goal of a school district: giving kids the knowledge and tools they need so they can be responsible adults and compete successfully in the world when they grow up.

    Therefore, I propose the following mission statement instead:

    Parkway's mission is to provide a safe, supportive educational environment that enables students to be successful learners. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for all students to develop the academic, social, and civic knowledge and skills needed to be responsible and productive citizens.

    Submitted: 2/10/10

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