District 51 Vision

District 51 Board members voted unanimously in April 2017 to approve the following Vision Statement for District 51:

Engage, Equip and Empower

our learning community today for a limitless tomorrow.

What does it mean?
• Engage learners where they are individually and guide them on a challenging path at their own pace.
• Equip learners with the educational tools they need to succeed as lifelong learners and community members.
• Empower learners to find their own place in life and feel their education has prepared them for every stage of life.

“Our learning community” encompasses everyone and everything involved in learning – students, educators, parents, school environment, etc. What we do today should pave the way for future graduates to leave school prepared for any challenge.

How was the vision created?
The vision was created through a year-and-a-half-long process that involved gathering input from 16 groups, including service clubs, business people, and parent meetings. The district hosted two community meetings in Fall 2016 with nearly 50 attendees. A subgroup of school staff and community members from those two community meetings created a draft vision by condensing input from the gatherings into one statement: “Engage, Equip, and Empower our learning community today for an unlimited tomorrow.”

How was the vision vetted by the community?
The survey was sent in an email to all district parents and staff, and 30 paper copies were delivered to all D51 middle and high schools for students to complete. The survey link was also shared on social media and in newsletters. The final vision, which changed "unlimited" to "limitless" came from the input offered by the survey's 2,143 respondents. Students in particular preferred limitless over unlimited.

How will the vision be used?
The vision will serve as a reference point when any decision is made in the district. Already, the vision has inspired five core behaviors every educator should use to help achieve the goals of the vision. These behaviors are:
1. We champion a culture of continuous growth.
2. We focus on what can be.
3. We foster interdependency.
4. We lead by example.
5. We ensure transparency.
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