A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the seventh week of our second quarter, is the last full week of classes before our winter break. Throughout this first semester of the school year, we have been inspired by witnessing our dynamic students, staff, and families robustly engage in their academic and co-curricular endeavors. The amazing things which are occurring are a testament to what can happen when content and caring align. Hence, we have continued to learn from the knowledge gleaned during our instructional tours, environmental scans, and strategic conversations. Together, we can realize our goal of ensuring all our learning spaces are places where all students, staff, and families can thrive. Likewise, we are continuing to involve our community as partners as we joined the Madison Public School Foundation in presenting to Downtown Madison INC. today to share the MMSD story.
Our work continues to be grounded in our Strategic Framework Goals and Core Values. Therefore, our efforts to graduate all our students ready for college, careers, and the community must continue to be fueled by introspection about our data, practices, and policies. Through our thoughtful and heartfelt reflection, we can better refine our systems for accelerating learning and addressing disparities.
In our wonderful community, we have more than enough talented students, staff, community members and researchers to find innovative ways to address our local, national, and international challenges. As we uplift the perspectives and interests of all communities in our dialogues, we will better serve all students, especially those from historically excluded groups. We can cultivate the immense talent in our community to usher in more broad-based progress and prosperity. If it is to happen anywhere, it will happen in Madison!
As we march closer to a well-deserved Winter Break, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to sharing more updates with you about our district in the new year!
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.