Learning is not just for kids in a classroom; at Hemet Unified School District, management personnel are using National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) to gain a better understanding of how we, as a District, can better support our students’ various needs.
Over the summer Cabinet, which is made up of the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, and Directors, were joined by a couple Board Members to discuss the tough questions surrounding the district. Staff worked with California State Coordinator Janice Case, to discuss areas of improvement, the future of the district; they looked at other high performing schools throughout the country and looked at what they were doing and what strategies and processes they could implement that would fit the demographics of our students, and how to align coherence throughout the entire district.
Staff was excited to roll up their sleeves and take a hard look at what strategies would best support our students. Throughout the two-day training, staff began to look at goals they would like to set going forward and how to improve upon the goals that had already been set. For example, staff within the district is working to ensure our students graduate college and career ready. In order to achieve this goal, we have to look for all opportunities and support systems that would ensure the success of student learning.
Staff also recognized that questions would come up that may not be as clear to solve. They decided that whenever they were faced with a tough situation, they would ask themselves if this would allow students to feel supported and encouraged during their educational journey.
Staff posed questions to each other to determine where there was a need. Staff discussed what challenges school site staff faced and how we as a district can overcome these challenges. They reviewed case studies that created further discussion on how we could implement specific strategies in our schools and open areas of opportunities.
Hemet Unified is united more than ever to create a positive learning environment that supports each student. Leaders were excited by the possibilities that had been created by these discussions during the NISL training and are looking forward to providing the best education to our students as we work to become the Premier Choice school district.