Skip To Main Content

Select a School

Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 11-17-2022

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 11-17-2022

A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Dear Board Members,

This week marks the third week of our second quarter and the last full week before our fall break. As we reflect on the events of this week and our school year, we continue to be energized by the increasing connectivity between our students, staff, and families we are witnessing during our instructional tours and environmental scans. This energy propels us forward despite the headwinds caused by myriad local, national, and international challenges, including: an ongoing health pandemic which is becoming endemic; persistent and widespread inflation; political partisanship; civic disillusionment; racial injustice; staffing shortages; and supply chain disruptions. Through it all, we are encouraged by our scholars, staff, and families continuing to live out the spirit of our Strategic Framework in their academic, co-curricular, and community endeavors.

As the remnants of the fervor caused by the midterm elections continue to recede, our efforts to address disparities and accelerate the learning of all students continue. In these efforts, we are buttressed by our community’s tradition of supporting public education and advocating for human decency. This tradition can be seen in our community conversations which uplift seemingly disparate issues, including: racial equity; social justice; living wages; LGBTQ+ rights; gender parity; disability rights; youth empowerment; youth homelessness; affordable housing; healthcare access; education funding; economic prosperity; and environmental sustainability. As an educational institution, we strive to increase knowledge and awareness of these and other issues through our teaching and ways of working. These issues impact our ability to ensure students, staff, and families are thriving in all our learning spaces; however, they cannot be adequately addressed by our district alone. Hence, we must enhance our levels of understanding, collaboration, and cocreation if we are to successfully ensure all our students graduate ready for college, career, and community as we continue navigating an environment where our state legislature has provided regressive education funding.

This week, we have seen the clear evidence of the approaching winter season. As we embrace spending more time indoors, we also have the opportunity increase connectivity between our scholars, staff, and families, while co-creating collegial environments for learning in our curricular and co-curricular spaces. Thus, we can utilize this season to build bridges, gain understanding, encourage greater participation, and celebrate the successes occurring right around us. So many positive things are happening each day in MMSD - let’s inspire each other by sharing them in our circles.

In conclusion, I would like to remind everyone we have more than 650 students who are unhoused. Be thoughtful of our students as you gather with your immediate family. We look forward to sharing more updates on our district’s progress with you in the coming weeks. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership!

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Weekly Update, November 17, 2022