The Framework

Review our proposed mission, objectives and strategies below. You can leave a quick comment on the bottom of the page, or offer more detailed feedback through this survey.

Our Mission [Define]

The schools of the Freehold Regional High School District form a diverse and supportive community offering innovative and comprehensive programs that inspire students to maximize their potential, preparing them to navigate an evolving global society.

 
Objectives
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All students will exercise citizenship in 21st century communities.

All students will sharpen habits for lifelong learning through the discovery and development of individualized passions.

All students will exceed expectations for proficiency on local, state, national, and international assessments. 

 
Strategies
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  • We will guarantee a professional culture that is committed to excellence and the success of every student.
  • We will implement an organizational structure that promotes collaboration, integration, and continuity.
  • We will build systems that guide students through the process of planning and achieving individualized goals.
  • We will advance and maintain a forward-thinking, technology-infused approach to learning and growth.
  • We will implement and monitor integrated, articulated curricula and programs that achieve the district’s mission.
  • We will cultivate meaningful partnerships with communities near and far to provide for participation, learning, and career exploration.
  • We will adopt norms and systems to achieve open communication with stakeholders.
  • We will ensure a healthy, safe and supportive school environment focused upon learning and growth.

Why "all?"

Setting a goal that involves "all students" is ambitious, even audacious. The Steering Committee, however, felt that there was no choice but to include all students in the fulfillment of district goals.

As education professionals, we feel that our efforts must consider each and every one of our students. Setting a goal for any fewer number--even a high percentage--would be admitting that we are satisfied with leaving some students behind. So, we set these goals to impact upon all students, and we start each school year, each day, and each class period committed to doing whatever we can to make it so.

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?

-Robert Browning

Integrated and Articulated

"Integrated" and "articulated" refer to two specific needs within high schools, particularly regional high school districts with multiple schools.
 
"Integrated" refers to the need to ensure that students do not just experience content in sterile segments, during specific periods of the day, but that they experience content as it exists in the real world--as contributing to scenarios that require multidisciplinary expertise. The problems of the 21st century are not just "science," "math," or "social studies" problems. The solutions to these problems require skills and thinking from all content areas.
 
"Articulated" refers to the need to ensure that students from multiple K8 districts enjoy the same opportunities to participate in programs in any one of our schools. We must work closely with our K8 partner districts to insure a smooth transition from 8th grade to high school.

"Post-secondary" Goals

When discussing this strategy, we often use the term "post-secondary." We use "post-secondary" to mean any outcome that a student pursues after graduation from high school. This may include continuing education at a two- or four-year college or university, work at a trade or technical school, employment, service in the military, or any other outcome that challenges our students to make use of the skills and passions that they have developed over their career in our district.

A Thoughtful Implementation

It is easy, though expensive, to jump on technology bandwagons. The challenge for schools is to select technologies that will not only endure beyond a holiday season or two, but which will shape the world that our graduates will inherit. These are technologies for which we must provide training in real-world contexts. The ground rules that our action planning teams will develop as they convene to consider practices to implement this strategy will need to recognize that we cannot implement technology for its own sake, but rather because it adds value to our efforts to achieve our mission. This value may express itself as efficiency, or as offering new tools that help our students to participate in the community, or in some other way. Specific technologies, then, will need to prove that they are aligned with our theories of action and to our goals before we expend resources to bring them into our practice.

Exercise Citizenship

The institution of public education in the United States springs from a uniquely American mission. The promise has always been to ensure that all receive sufficient education to participate in the civic process--to be a discerning voter, an intelligent consumer, an advocate for important causes. Public schools do not simply educate in content, but should teach strategies for bringing all kinds of content and skills to bear upon responsible stewardship of our nation. Schools do not just send graduates into the world to make success for themselves, but also to strengthen our communities and our nation for the future.

21st Century Communities

21st century communities are local and global. They include geographical locations like a home town and a school, but also occupational or interest-driven communities that might be geographical, virtual, or both.

The Mission

The MISSION is the district’s raison d’être. It answers the questions: Why do we exist? What is our purpose and who are we most concerned about serving? It is generally made up of three parts: identity, purpose and means.

Objectives

OBJECTIVES are end results tied closely to the mission statement. They are not administrative objectives, operational objectives, or building-based objectives. They are district objectives that must be achieved if the district is to accomplish its mission. Objectives begin the process of moving the mission into results, and they should therefore be student-centered. Action planning teams will set much more specific goals, set in a format known as the SMART framework.

Strategies

STRATEGIES tell how the organization (in broad terms) will accomplish the objectives, therefore realizing the mission. They articulate bold commitments to deploy the organizations’ resources toward the stated objectives. As a group they address all of the objectives, but it is not necessary for any given strategy to be tied uniquely to one objective. Action planning teams will convene to develop the specific programs to implement each strategy. Action planning teams will set specific goals, set in a format known as the SMART framework, to implement each strategy.
Changelog:

02/23/2012: Last clause in mission edited from "empowering them to be productive citizens prepared to navigate an evolving global society" to "preparing them to navigate an evolving global society" in order to reduce wordiness and to increase clarity. Click here for a PDF.

02/13/2012: Various revisions in response to feedback. See a commented version with markup or a clean version.

01/10/2012: Various revisions in response to feedback. See a commented version with markup or a clean version.

12/12/2011: Initial proposal. See it here.


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