The mission of the Hilliard City Schools is "to ensure that every student is ready for tomorrow."

The mission of the Hilliard City Schools is "to ensure that every student is ready for tomorrow."

Being ready for tomorrow may mean different things for different students; we must personalize education for our students.

Ultimately, ready for tomorrow ensures students are ready to be successful for their future endeavors when they walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.

American public schools have been part of this great country's fiber since colonial times. As every tomorrow advanced, our school systems have prepared the next generation of American leaders, thinkers and workers. Our education system has served as a foundation of our economic, cultural, political and scientific advances.

Public schools today continue to face challenges, but the purpose is still the same.

However, our schools must evolve and adapt to prepare today's students for success tomorrow.

We are in a different time; it is a different age for education. This is a challenge for some in our society and for some of us as parents. We very much want school to be familiar. We want to be able to help with homework, understand schedules and share in our children's learning.

The information age, the proliferation of handheld devices and the globally interdependent world are all changing the definition of what it means to be ready for tomorrow.

The skills that we taught to the previous generation of Americans are in many ways different than the skills we must impart on today's students. We are preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, to use technology that hasn't been discovered and for a world that is unpredictable.

As we work together – parents, teachers and community – to prepare our students to be our next generation of leaders, problem solvers and creators, we must be patient. We must recognize that our system of education is evolving. In the past, students were expected to "learn how the lesson was taught" and today we are working to "teach how each student learns."

Communication is essential during these rapidly changing times. Fortunately we have a myriad of ways to communicate and share.

The Hilliard school district is committed to fulfilling its mission to ensure that every student is ready for tomorrow.

Our district is committed to embracing its diverse student population, empowering students to take control of their own learning and inspiring all students to dream about their future success.

Our work is not easy, and we will make mistakes along the way. Each day provides an opportunity to learn and grow as a community of learners.

The Hilliard Schools Connection column is provided to ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News by Superintendent John Marschhausen. Read more about the Hilliard schools on the Get Connected blog at