CEC Assessment of District 21 Systems
Dear CCSD21 Community Member,
During the spring of 2019, District 21 partnered with the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of district systems. The assessment process utilized best practice criteria, including characteristics of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Baldrige Performance Excellence Education Criteria, and the assessment was organized into three focus areas:
- A Focus on Learning
- A Focus on Collaboration
- A Focus on Results
Using rubrics in each of these three areas, teams of CCSD21 faculty and staff conducted a self-assessment throughout February and March of 2019. In April 2019 an external assessment team of 32 faculty, staff, and administrators from eight school districts in the suburban area volunteered three days of their time in District 21 gathering information, reviewing data, and interviewing members of the Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents.
Upon completion of the external assessment team’s work, the CEC presented a detailed executive summary which identified areas of strength and opportunities for growth in each of the assessment’s three focus areas.
The executive summary linked below provides our professional learning community with a valuable source of information which will be utilized as a major resource in charting our District’s course for the future.
As a result of the report, the District is already engaged in deep discussion and work to address several noted opportunities for growth including:
- The increased use of data to drive instructional improvement and decision making.
- Ensuring understanding and effective district wide assessment of common learning expectations.
- Development of additional opportunities for quality two-way communication between the District and our stakeholders.
We are also very excited to continue our work with the CEC in the Fall of 2019 as the District engages in our first comprehensive strategic planning effort in many years. The CEC Systems Assessment Report will be a major source of data and information for the strategic planning team as they do their work. We look forward to presenting a completed strategic plan to the Board of Education and our community stakeholders in the Winter of 2020.
This web page will serve as a key repository of information throughout the Strategic Planning process, so we invite all interested members of our community to check back throughout the Fall for updates.
The Board of Education, administration, faculty, and staff of CCSD21 are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive learning environment where all students learn, achieve, and grow. We look forward to partnering with our entire community as we continue this important work in the future.
Dr. Michael Connolly