Dear Bellevue School District Community,
One year ago, we launched our strategic planning process. Throughout that process we heard the voices of thousands of stakeholders through community meetings, focus groups, and surveys. These perspectives informed our updated vision, mission, and values, and laid the foundation for our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. This plan will guide us in creating a system where all our students are affirmed, inspired, and thriving.
In the Bellevue School District, we have the great responsibility of caring for and affirming each student’s sense of identity and belonging. That includes prioritizing their voices and making sure they feel heard in school and have the confidence to speak out and lead in their communities. This is the focus of programs, such as the BOOM Mentorship Experience, which, in addition to what we hear from students every day, allows us to obtain the feedback we need to adjust, in real time, to ensure our students feel safe, comfortable, empowered, and loved. Most importantly, the insights from our students help us effectively remove the barriers that impede their success. Looking forward into March – the district’s young women of color will have an opportunity be heard and inspired at the March 25 SHOUT Experience.
Perhaps no one knows this better than Shomari Jones, our Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement. Shomari was recently recognized by the national publication, Education Week, as one of its 2019 Leaders to Learn From. For years, Shomari has been one of our biggest champions for including the voices of youth in district decision-making. The sentiments he expressed in Education Week about being energized by our students and finding ways to provide them with “high-octane doses of inspiration and motivation,” are very important. We take them to heart.
Throughout our district, listening is a priority and we value the voices of our community. Learning from the many perspectives in our district is key to building our awareness and identifying areas for improvement. At this time of the year, we can all benefit from listening to our students and incorporate what they share to create learning environments where all students are thriving.
Bellevue School District