Dublin Villager

From the Superintendent's Desk

Coffee gatherings are providing vital interaction

By Todd Hoadley, Ph.D.,
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One of my goals for this school year is to be visible in our community and accessible to stakeholders.

The community coffees we have hosted have been a great tool for meeting this goal and establishing a true partnership with our public.

At these coffees, we have been able to discuss many different topics ranging from special education to middle school block scheduling.

Public education is a partnership between the home and the school.

Honest conversation is vital to building trust and ensuring the community's priorities are reflected in its public school system.

In this spirit of collaboration, three more community coffees are scheduled for the first part of 2014. They are:

* 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in Panera Bread, 6665 Perimeter Loop Road.

* 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Panera Bread, 2740 Martin Road.

* 7 to 8:30 a.m. March 20 in Sunny Street Cafe, 7042 Hospital Drive.

I'd like to thank these community partners for welcoming us into their places of businesses for these events.

If you have not had the opportunity to join me yet, I invite you to please take advantage of these opportunities.

We are also researching some ways to use technology to create conversational opportunities for those unable to attend a coffee.

Engaging our community in dialogue is an essential part of setting goals for Dublin City Schools.

During my first six months, I have spent a good portion of my time listening and learning. And I will continue to do both of these important activities moving forward.

During the next several months, you will start to hear me talk more and more about a vision for our district.

The goals WE collaboratively set for our district during the coming months will not reflect my vision, but our vision as a school community.

Parents are our customers and listening to your ideas, suggestions, and input will make our district stronger.

We need to examine our processes, how we do the things we do.

We need to empower and support our most valuable resource as an organization, our teachers and support staff.

By collaborating with staff and our community, we will be able to develop strategies to help us achieve the district-level goals we will set together.

During the next several months, we will be working toward "alignment."

In order for us to achieve at the highest possible level, we must properly align strategies, staff, and our customers with district goals.

This means taking lots of input, listening to lots of feedback, and working hard toward consensus and buy-in.

We have some amazing things going in Dublin City Schools.

Our teaching staff is second to none and they are completely dedicated to our students.

I firmly believe we are the best large district in Ohio and one of the state's highest-achieving regardless of size.

One of the most exciting things I've learned during my first six months as superintendent, is we have some tremendous opportunities for continuous improvement.

Several of our administrators have been exposed to private sector lean management concepts focused on a continuous improvement philosophy known as "Lean Six Sigma."

The concept of Lean Six Sigma is to employ a methodology known as "DMAIC" (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control), offering a data driven problem solving process.

Many private sector companies use Lean Six Sigma techniques and we believe they will translate to public education.

Setting district goals and pursuing additional training in private sector management concepts will be two of the guiding forces of central office work during 2014.

At the same time, we will continue to address new state mandates such as the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and the third grade reading guarantee.

Our mission is to ensure all students achieve at high levels and to prepare them for the worlds of work and higher education.

We have an expert teaching staff dedicated to this work.

This is already a great district and it will be exciting to see what we can achieve together for our children as we work toward common goals.

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

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