Dublin Villager

From the Superintendent's Desk

District ready to tackle challenges to help achieve greatness

Wednesday December 18, 2013 9:46 AM

As the first half of our school year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to offer all of you a heartfelt "thank you."

My family and I have received a very warm welcome and we are most appreciative of your support.

I am truly honored and humbled to be the superintendent of one of Ohio's premier school districts.

I will continue to learn and listen for the remainder of this school year as we go about setting a vision for our future.

Our District has an amazing educational experience to offer our children and I want to say publicly how impressed I am with our teaching staff.

Dublin City Schools teachers are some of the best in Ohio and in the country.

Their dedication to students is something I have witnessed over and over during my short time in the district.

We must never take them for granted as their expertise, their caring, and their focus on providing our students with a world-class education defines what we are about as a school system.

Our administrative team is also one of Ohio's finest.

Our building and Central Office leadership team is filled with amazing people and strong leaders.

And, of course, our support staff members cannot go overlooked as they are essential in what we do for students each day.

If you have an opportunity, please thank a teacher, administrator, or support staff member for everything they do for our students.

Our district has had a great beginning to the 2013-14 school year and we are excited to tackle the challenges 2014 will surely bring.

As we move closer to implementation of new academic standards in 2014-15, we will continue to communicate details about the standards and assessments involved. The set of internationally benchmarked teaching standards to be implemented is designed to help students better prepare for college, career and competition in the global economy.

The new standards are designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, providing guidance to teachers and parents on how to support students.

The standards are designed to be robust, rigorous, and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) continues to be challenging.

Our administrative staff has been working diligently to help our staff adjust to the changes in the system.

The "Third Grade Guarantee" also continues to be a driving force of our work as we have plans in place to help ensure student success.

These are high stakes initiatives and we will tackle them with our eyes and ears wide-open.

We have made progress in addressing some of the technology needs in our district.

We have a plan to begin replacing and/or upgrading some of our older computers across the district.

These replacements and upgrades will occur in several phases throughout the remainder of this school year and over the summer.

That work is ongoing and we will continue to keep our community informed.

We look forward to meeting these and other challenges, while continuing to provide our students with a world-class education.

We continue to be focused on college and career readiness.

A special thank you to all those who took the time to attend one of my coffees this fall. These events have been well-received and we plan to continue them during the second semester.

Thank you to our gracious host businesses, Panera Bread, Sunny Street Cafe, Tim Hortons, and Iacono's Pizza.

For those unable to attend coffees, we are working on an online option in the form of a webinar.

Thank you again for the warm welcome to this community.

My family and I look forward to many happy years here as we work together with you to maintain the success this district has enjoyed in the past and push it to new heights of success in the future.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.