Elevating the community conversation on drug abuse prevention, establishment of Parent U among District’s 2016-17 goals

“Our Board of Education takes a hands-on approach to guiding the direction of our District and they are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do some of the heavy lifting themselves,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “The four goals we’ve collaboratively set have the potential to have lasting impacts on our District.”

1) Dublin City Schools Parent University
In a large and dynamic school district such as Dublin City Schools, it can be difficult for parents to learn about all of the different academic and extracurricular opportunities available for their students. The goal of establishing a Dublin City Schools Parent University is to provide a vehicle that increases awareness regarding all of the programs the District has to offer, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities facing public education.

2) High school academic pathways

Chief Innovation Officer Courtney Heppner will be working with Board task force members to determine what types of non-traditional programming are needed at the high school level to keep up with the changing demands of the 21st century work force.
“We do the traditional, college prep high school very well here in three different high schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “During our collaborations with our Business Advisory Council and other business leaders in our community, we have learned we need to prepare our students for careers that do not yet exist. The most effective ways of doing that will be explored by this Board task force.”

3) Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Leadership
The Dublin City Schools Board of Education has consistently demonstrated a willingness to take on difficult topics. As the opioid epidemic in our country, our state, and our community continues, this task force will be leading the community conversation on how to best help our students make good choices when it comes to alcohol and drug abuse.
“The safety and security of our students is our number one priority,” said Dr. Todd Hoadley said. “Opioid abuse, alcohol and other drug abuse issues are societal issues and want to take a lead role in elevating the conversation so that we can keep our students safe.”

4) Learning Management System (Schoology) Implementation
Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) that will provide parents with streamlined academic communication and teachers and students with a powerful instructional tool in grades 6-12. The new LMS will positively impact student learning. First and foremost, it is a powerful instructional tool. The LMS will enable parents and students to visit one online platform to stay in touch with assignments, current grades, announcements, and other important classroom information.

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