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Superintendent's Message

 

November 2017

 

Greetings,

 

With the school year well underway, students will soon be eagerly anticipating the upcoming holiday break. It is important that even during this time, we keep academics top of mind. At Flint Community Schools (FCS), we continue to make progress but still have work to do to provide the best academic future for our children.

 

Academic data from the 2016-17 school year indicated what we know to be true:  we must work swiftly and strategically to improve upon these outcomes. Based on our analysis of comprehensive school reform, we know major improvements can take up to five years to manifest.

 

To achieve our desired outcomes, we will continue to build upon our theory of action. This includes instructional strategies that promote student engagement, standards-based instruction and monitoring of student learning. Direct actions being put into place include:

 

  •      Increasing principals’ capacity to influence teacher actions in the classroom, which, in turn, supports improving student achievement
  •      Strengthening teacher collaboration through the implementation of Professional Learning Communities
  •      Increasing teacher capacity to deliver standards-based instruction through intensive, embedded classroom coaching
  •      Implementing a continuous cycle of improvement model
  •      Focusing on standards-based learning targets
  •      Aligning curriculum and assessment practices
  •      K-3 interventions, specifically as they pertain to reading

 

Even with these extensive efforts underway, we cannot progress as a district if students are not in the classroom. We encourage all families to ensure students are in school all day, every day. If a barrier exists between your student and their education, I encourage you to work with your school principal or community school director, who will be eager to help you find a solution.

 

As you may have heard, our students and families now have all the more reason to believe in the future that lies ahead. We recently learned all FCS students will be eligible for a free college education, thanks to the passage of Promise Zone legislation, spearheaded by Senator Jim Ananich. I am delighted to imagine the vast opportunities this legislation will offer our students, many of whom might not otherwise be able to afford a college education.

 

Indeed, we have a lot to be thankful for districtwide this year. As such, we are calling on all families in the Flint Community Schools district to share what they are #ThankfulFor with us on the district’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We will be sharing posts from teachers, students, faculty, staff and community members, and encourage you to do the same.

 

As for myself, I can say I am truly thankful for having a community that never stops believing in the future of its students. With the best interest of our students at heart, we will continue to make positive strides to provide the best educational experience for all students at Flint Community Schools.

 

Thank you, as always, for your support and dedication to FCS and for serving as a trusted partner in the education of the talented children throughout our community.

 

Educationally yours,

 

Bilal Tawwab

Superintendent, FCS

 

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