A message from the Superintendent
Our strategic plan represents a collective vision defined by our community for the future success of Springfield Public Schools and its 25,000 students.
The plan is the result of a year-long process that engaged stakeholders in conversations about what our students both need and want out of their school experience. We also asked how they would define student and system success and what measures they believe should be used to evaluate progress.
Their expectations can be captured in just three words: Engaging. Relevant. Personal. That is the type of experience our community wants for Every Learner—Every Day at Springfield Public Schools. On this page, you can read more about what these words mean to us and how we used them to guide our work in defining system goals.
We believe the strategic plan brings renewed focus, purpose and enthusiasm to our work of preparing students to succeed in their personalized path of learning and growth.
Prepare all students for tomorrow by providing engaging, relevant and personalized educational experiences today.
Serve as a catalyst for lifelong learning, equipping students for their futures.
We believe all individuals have potential and we must commit to the following behaviors:
- Embrace the needs of the whole child.
- Create, communicate and demonstrate high expectations.
- Inspire and instill a passion for learning.
- Demonstrate flexibility, agility and adaptability.
- Cultivate community ownership.
- Maintain a safe and secure learning environment.
- Engage all staff to positively
impact student success.
- Foster a culture that supports and engages high-quality teachers and leaders.
Core Definitions of Mission
All: Each student, pre-kindergarten through graduation, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability and socioeconomic status.
Engaging: Learning experiences that are irresistible due to connection with student interest. All students experience a culture of inquiry and instructional choice and are encouraged to value learning above the letter grade.
Relevant: Learning experiences that challenge all students to exhibit the ability to solve real-world problems for authentic audiences and connect learning to their own life or to the world around them.
Personalized: Learning experiences founded in relationships that connect educators with students to set goals and monitor progress. All students are inspired to maximize their potential, while receiving appropriate levels of support. Flexibility exists in pace, place and path of learning.