Superintendent Goals

Goals 2019-2020

The Pennsylvania School Code provides as follows: The Superintendent shall be the chief administrative officer and chief instructional officer of the Board of Education and the School District, and shall be responsible for the execution of all actions of the Board, the administration and operation of the public school system subject to the policies of the Board, and the supervision of all matters pertaining to instruction in all the schools under the direction of the Board. The Superintendent’s goals will be aligned to the District’s mission: “to provide the best education possible for each and every student.”

Goal 1 - Learning for the Future - The Superintendent will implement curriculum, instruction, and programs that equip students with future oriented competencies. Specific areas of focus will include:

  1. Elementary English Language Arts - review program and pilot resources
  2. Coding - assure vertical articulation and requisite experiences 
  3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) - expand pilot program into middle school UA rotation
  4. Maker Learning - develop additional curricular connections and add Maker Spaces to middle schools
  5. Google Educator Certification - increase the number of employees who receive training and/or attain Level I or II certification
  6. Flexible Instructional Days - submit application 
  7. Gifted Program Review - implement recommendations from program review 
  8. PDE Special Education Compliance Monitoring - complete report and facilitate site visit
  9. Technology Integration - engage technology coaches to support instructional program 

Goal 2 - Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) - The Superintendent will lead the learning of social and emotional competencies as critical components for each child’s educational program, using the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) model. Specific areas of focus will include:

  1. SEL Training - expand SEL competency and understanding to non-teaching staff (e.g. coaches, crossing guards, food-service, specialists, maintenance, custodians) 
  2. School-Based SEL Teams - establish teams at each school
  3. SEL Assured Experiences - create and implement K-12
  4. Elementary Student Assistance Teams - expand  to all elementary schools

Goal 3 - Safety and Security - The Superintendent will prioritize safety and security for students and adults in our school and facilities.  Specific areas of focus will include:

  1. ALICE - refine practices and continue training in ALiCE strategies
  2. Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) - complete the revisions to the District’s Emergency Operations Plan 
  3. Visitor Management System (Raptor) - deploy to all buildings 
  4. Secondary School Climate Survey - administer a school climate survey in grades 6-12 
  5. Cyber Security - strengthen and enhance  measures to lessen vulnerability 
  6. First Aid Training for Mental Health - require all employees to complete an overview of first aid training for mental health 
  7. ACT 44 Mandates - comply with required training for threat assessment and trauma-informed approaches to education 

Goal 4 - Community Outreach and Partnerships - The Superintendent will strengthen partnerships with relevant stakeholders to advance the District’s mission and vision. Specific areas of focus will include:

  1. Community Safety Forum - partner with MLPD for a safety presentation
  2. Partner with Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh  - continue anti-bias initiatives 
  3. Website Relaunch - improve parent and community access
  4. Parent University - offer parent education (e.g. drug & alcohol, anxiety, mindfulness, college admissions)
  5. Elementary Math Parent Training - expand parent understanding of district’s approach to math instruction 

Goal 5 - District Program Performance - The Superintendent will benchmark district performance against best-in-class standards.

  1. Middle States Association/District Accreditation (MSA) - begin application process for entire district accreditation (new program - two year process)
  2. Middle States Association/Program of Distinction, high school fine and performing arts (MSA)  -submit application 
  3. GASB 34 - complete a District Appraisal for compliance

The Assistant Superintendents share the same goals and focus areas.