A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the eighth week of our 4th Quarter, has been eventful. This week marked the one-year anniversary of the lynching of George Floyd, our annual observance of the Day of Silence, and the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As such, our district has continued to find ways to elevate the voices of our students, staff, families, and community members. We firmly believe our efforts to hear their voices will help us refine our policies and practices as we work to accelerate learning for all students and create environments where all students, staff and families can thrive.
Our district and community is filled with knowledgeable and innovative people. One of our greatest challenges (and opportunities) is finding ways to incorporate their ideas and insights into the fabric of our work in a manner which yields maximum return on our investment. For example, this week I was able to interact with the students and staff at Lake View in their award-winning outdoor learning spaces. We look forward to better understanding how using these spaces can unlock high yielding instructional and social emotional learning practices.
While visiting schools throughout our district during instructional walkthroughs this week, I have witnessed a spirit of excitement about learning within our students and staff. During yesterday's Circle of Friends Virtual Celebration, which was hosted by the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, we were inspired by stories of our community members contributing their time, talent, and treasure to building on this excitement. Surely, this positive energy and goodwill can provide fuel for our continued journey from "Good to Great."
Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to maintaining the focus and creativity generated by the robust dialogue at last weekend's Board of Education Retreat, as well as providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.