The Strategic Plan will be developed through a community-driven process to help design the future of our schools. The Community Engagement Sessions are open to all Village residents, regardless of whether they have children in the school system or not. The goal is to better understand the community's view of the district's strengths and weaknesses and to collectively brainstorm ideas for the next five years.
In partnership with our community,
Ottawa Hills Local Schools will challenge and inspire each student
to realize his or her unique potential;
to embrace learning as a lifelong process;
and to become an active, responsible citizen.
The core values of an organization are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. The values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our
work. They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do.
Our vision for Ottawa Hills Local Schools is to provide a learning community with a clear, focused mission; a climate of high expectations; opportunities for all children to learn; systematic monitoring of student achievement and progress; strong instructional leadership; a safe, orderly environment; and valued parent/community involvement.
These correlates of effective schools are demonstrated through the following practices:
Clear Focused Mission
Focus first on student achievement.
Operate with the belief that all students can learn.
Maximize and support learning opportunities for every child.
Promote a culture of continuous improvement by establishing clear/specific goals with measurable results.
Uphold a tradition of excellence.
Climate of High Expectations
Set and maintain a climate of high expectations for students, teachers, administrators, staff members, and parents.
Make decisions on the basis of the best interests of students and on improving student achievement and personal growth.
Provide a rigorous, challenging curriculum aligned to standards.
Recognize and celebrate accomplishments of students and staff.
Opportunity for All Children to Learn
Accept responsibility for every child to achieve at his/her highest potential.
Align curriculum (what is written), instruction (what/how it is taught), and assessment (what is evaluated).
Increase time-on-task by limiting interruptions and seeking ways to maximize instructional time.
Use technology to enhance, extend, and enrich teaching and learning.
Implement new programs designed to have a positive, measurable impact on student achievement.
Systematic Frequent Monitoring of Student Achievement and Progress
Systematically monitor student achievement and progress through ongoing classroom, grade-level, and district assessment.
Use results of student assessment to determine learning goals for every child.
Use data to direct planning for curriculum, instruction, and intervention.
Strong Instructional Leadership
Expect the principal to be the instructional leader of the school.
Foster an attitude of professionalism, mutual respect, collaboration, and teamwork among all staff members.
Support effective instructional practices through ongoing professional development that supports district priorities and focuses on teaching and learning.
Lead by example.
Safe, Orderly Environment
Provide a safe, orderly, and supportive learning environment.
Expect student, staff, and parental behavior that demonstrates respect for self/others and responsibility.
Develop relationships through which every child feels valued.
Promote opportunities for students to practice leadership, teamwork, and service to others.
Foster the appreciation of the richness of our diverse society.
Establish practices that support healthy lifestyles.
Encourage and promote parental and community involvement in the schools.
Encourage and practice open communication among staff, parents, and community members.
Build an enduring partnership with the community and welcome its citizens into the schools.
Value and respect the community’s interests and expectations.
Develop community partnerships to support and accomplish common goals.
Good planning is an integral part of any successful organization. A strategic plan stimulates change that leads to higher levels of opportunities and performance, serves as a framework for an organization to make decisions, and provides a basis for more detailed planning.