Greetings Valley View School District Community,
As a district, we remain committed to a process of continuous improvement to ensure that we are maximizing our efforts to impact student learning in the most positive way to fully realize our mission of empowering our learners to be college and career ready to develop, grow, and achieve as productive citizens. As Superintendent, I am keenly aware that we must model and live this commitment from the district level and then serve as the primary support. This will allow district and building leaders, teachers, and support personnel to also live this commitment and have the greatest positive impact on our learners.
In April, we participated in an external system assessment in partnership with Consortium for Educational Change (CEC). This is a process of systematic organizational self-study, written assessment, site visits, and collaboratively written feedback based on the criteria of a high performing organization. An external team of educators, to include teachers and administrators from other Illinois districts, visited our district to collect evidence and provide feedback. The feedback provided by the external review team reflects the voice of VVSD staff, parents, and students. More than 1,100 individuals were interviewed by this team over the three day period of visiting with all buildings and departments. In addition, the team conducted an extensive artifact review. The team then provided us with a written report. Please click here for an executive summary of this report.
We are extremely pleased that the external team concurred with the district self-assessment in terms of areas of strength and opportunities for growth. We celebrate our diversity as a district and we are living our belief of being truly student-centered. We are also committed to continuous improvement and holding ourselves accountable to using resources to support student-centered decisions. Parents and students reported that they feel safe and secure in school and know that the adults in our schools are willing to help and support them in every way necessary. We have caring, committed adults who believe in our children and believe in the work that needs to be done to ensure all learners grow and achieve.
While we have much work to be done, we are confidently headed in the right direction and we are deepening our focus on the most critical priorities to support staff to directly impact our learners. We are committed to continuous improvement to help our children reach the highest levels in school and beyond. We strive toward strengthening our partnership with parents and community to ensure that we meet this goal.
James A. Mitchem, Jr. Ed.D