Q&A with Canby Superintendent Trip Goodall
If you have kids or grandkids in Canby School District, or if you have come across the district's social media posts, then you may have seen the district's new mission statement: "All Students. All Abilities. All Opportunities."
But what does this mean? We asked Superintendent Trip Goodall about it, and here's what he said.
Where does this idea come from?
Canby School District spent the last two years developing its Academic Vision. This document guides all work in the district.
We looked at our instructional practices that are guided by our evaluation process. We also reviewed district policy and current research. Through that work, we created a vision that summarizes the important foundations of the district.
We created four goals that align with our foundational beliefs: improve student achievement, increase family engagement, equitable education for all and ensure educator effectiveness.
This vision serves as a road map for all work in the district. It provides clear, actionable guidance. It also serves as a promise to our students and their families.
We regularly assess our district's performance. We know through our equity work that there are barriers to success that can impact how a student achieves. Circumstances beyond a student's control like hunger or poverty have a direct impact on how they learn. Our job is to eliminate those barriers so all students have the same opportunities. When we say we want all students to graduate ready for college or a career, we have to ensure that we are doing all we can so all students have that opportunity.
We have an education equity coordinator, Rudy Rivera-Lindstrom, on staff whose job is to advocate for students who face these barriers and to work with all of our resources to remove those barriers. Student success should not be limited because of race, disability, or poverty. Yet research shows many of those circumstances affect achievement.
How does this impact the classroom?
We will always look for ways to provide professional development to help ensure our educators have all the tools and support they need to meet the needs of our diverse learners. We look at student achievement data regularly to make sure we identify areas for growth and that we provide the proper supports or interventions for students, whether academic or social/emotional. We also make sure we have building-level support for our students to work to eliminate those barriers, whether it's counseling support or pointing families to resources that can assist them.
We expect to see our Academic Vision posters in every classroom in the district. They serve as a visual reminder for our staff, students, and parents to strive to live these values every day. Our hope is parents will become familiar with our Academic Vision and hold us accountable in meeting the expectations we've created.
Our teachers know this work is an important aspect of what make a strong and healthy school district. This vision is based on years of academic research, so the concepts are all familiar.
Our principals are incorporating our vision into all professional development this year. We spent our beginning of the year in-service focused on our vision and our goals. The feedback we've received has been positive. When you have a staff that cares as much about its students as ours does, this is a natural progression. The work is seamless because it is the right work. Our staff knows care and compassion are the cornerstone of any child's education.
What should the community know about the mission?
It's important that our community understands our Academic Vision and our unwavering support for all students. We hope the community sees this vision as an invitation to partner with us to make our district even stronger. We understand that education is a shared responsibility. The students we educate today become the citizens of our community tomorrow. If we show our students that the community supports them, they're bound to grow into citizens who value Canby and model the same kind of contributions and support for future generations. The district has a responsibility to make clear to people what our Academic Vision is so that the community understands our commitment to each student who walks through our doors.
We welcome you into our schools and deeply appreciate our partnerships. We welcome our local businesses to get involved, too. We can coordinate service projects, sponsorships, mentorships, and internships. Local businesses have a lot to gain as we prepare our students to become their future employees. We know you can help us ensure that students have the skills you need them to have before they walk into your building for their first day of work.
How will you know if the district is achieving its goals?
The district is still determining which benchmarks will be used to measure achievement for all four goals. While measuring student achievement through data is quantifiable, how to measure family engagement is not as easily determined.
You can read Goodall's message to families about the Academic Vision from August 29 here.