THE RICHMOND COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'S
VISION: TO PROVIDE AN EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS TO PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.
MISSION: BUILDING A GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT EDUCATES THE WHOLE CHILD THROUGH TEACHING, LEARNING, COLLABORATION, AND INNOVATION.
Bringing Reformation, Restoration, and Revival to the RCSS!
THE VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS OF THE RCSS TOTALLY ENCOMPASS THE NEED TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS IN THIS CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED SOCIETY. BASED ON THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR DISTRICT, THERE IS SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE.
WE NEED TO LOOK AT OUR POLICIES, REVIEW THEM AND RECOGNIZE WHAT HAS NOT BEEN WORKING AND BE WILLING TO CHANGE THESE THINGS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CHILDREN.WE NEED TO RESEARCH BEST PRACTICES FROM THRIVING SYSTEMS AND EVEN FROM OUR DISTRICT'S THRIVING YEARS AND CONSIDER RESTORING SOME OF THESE PRACTICES.
LASTLY, WE NEED TO REVIVE THE SYSTEM BY BRINGING IN FRESH THOUGHTS AND IDEAS THAT WILL ALIGN WITH THE EVER CHANGING SOCIETY. WE NEED TO LOOK AT MAJOR AREAS SUCH AS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, EDUCATOR PREPAREDNESS, AND EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS. I BELIEVE IF WE BRING ABOUT REFORMATION, RESTORATION, AND REVIVAL IN THESE AREAS, WE WILL SEE A DRASTIC POSITIVE TURN AROUND FOR OUR SYSTEM.
The College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) is a measure used to track school improvement. It also serves as communication with stakeholders on how Georgia schools are progressing toward college and career readiness. The Richmond County School system has a CCRIPI score of 59.3. Measured against the other 180 districts in the state of Georgia, we perform better than only 4% of Georgia schools systems. Our CCRPI score has dropped tremendously from 68.3 which was the system's score in 2018. There has been demise in content mastery and school climate scores which all indicate that we need to look at the culture within our schools, as well as our curriculum and content delivery to make determinations on how to progress our schools again. Academic achievement should be one of our first priorities. Our students are here to achieve. Our students are here to prepare for their future. Our students are here to be challenged and learn on higher levels. If these are the goals of the Richmond County School System, we need to put plans in place and hold all district leaders, students, parents, and teachers accountable for working collaboratively to help our students to prepare to live in this globally competitive society.
If we want our students to have access to a quality public education, we must have quality educators. In order for us to have quality educators, we need to invest in our educators. I'm not necessarily talking about salaries. I'm speaking on support and educator readiness. We need to ensure that the educators have everything they need to be successful in the classroom. We have to ensure that they are receiving the necessary support from their school and district leaders. Our educators need to be heard. When there are issues with curriculum, we need to work to revise what isn't working. If educators are teaching a new content area, they need to have curriculum specialists and coaches working with these teachers on teaching and learning strategies appropriate for the subject areas in which they are teaching. We need to ensure our educators are receiving quality and relevant professional learning so they can feel confidence in their content delivery. When our educators are secure in what they are delivering, that confidence will exude through their teaching. As a former educator, the more prepared an educator is and the more knowledgeable they are with the content, the more effective they are with lesson execution; which in turn will lead to student mastery of content.
EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS
In education, it is vital to know the difference between EQUALITY and EQUITY. Equality means that everyone regardless of ethnicity, economic status, etc. receives that same access to resources. Equity on the other hand means that everyone receives resources based on NEED. Resources include MONEY, TIME and PEOPLE. We need to look at our budgets to determine how funds can best be allocated to meet the individual needs of our students. I do believe that we do this to some degree, but we need to be more intentional about building our budgets around meeting our students and parents where they are and allowing that to drive how we provide resources to our various schools across the district. Simply put, certain schools and certain districts have greater needs. If they all have the same end goal, we need to ensure the resources are available to reach that end goal. How do we expect the same results, but we are not providing the appropriate resources to get those results. We need to maneuver funds, placing them where they are most needed for our students to achieve on the same level as their counterparts across the school system. We need to put equity plans in place, monitor those plans, tweak those plans and make necessary adjustments to ensure that we are being an equitable school system and we are providing an equitable learning experience for our children.