Laying Strong Foundations

Case Study Rockford Public Schools District 205, Rockford, IL

In 2014, Rockford Public Schools (RPS), a large urban district in northern Illinois, approached CEC looking for help with a few specific initiatives. The district was attempting to implement a Peer Assistance Review program, implement a SMART Goals process, and engage in a strategic planning process.

During 2014-2015, CEC along with partner organizations, helped RPS achieve its goals by supporting the district to build true foundations for this work. CEC helped RPS revise its teacher evaluation process and learn to use student growth measures before implementing PAR; conduct and analyze a detailed system assessment before beginning strategic planning; and develop a data-based decision-making culture at the school level before the implementation of SMART Goals as a school improvement process. In addition, CEC and its partners provided coaching and training to RPS around labor-management collaboration and Interest-Based Bargaining so that all three anchors in RPS could work effectively to support the reforms.

With CEC leading its comprehensive strategic planning effort, RPS was able to develop a concise and coherent Mission, Vision, Motto, Set of Values, Long Range Goals, and Strategic Action Strategies. In addition, the district established a comprehensive communication and collaboration infrastructure, including a new District Leadership Team structure, facilitated by CEC.

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