Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:
There is nothing more rewarding to me than being a servant leader – here to serve students, staff, parents and this great community. To that end, I am pleased to share that we, the CSPS educators and support staff, focus our work each day on serving our nearly 3500 students.
The very heart and soul of our work and desire to serve is teaching and learning. Although I am in school buildings all the time, the last 3 weeks provided an extra special time at our schools as we conducted “instructional rounds.” Our district office administrators collaborate with building administrators, teachers and instructional coaches to visit classrooms and observe excellent teaching and learning.
Instructional rounds are explained by educational researcher Robert J. Marzano as “…the most valuable tools that a school or district can use to enhance teachers’ pedagogical skills and develop a culture of collaboration.” We, at CSPS, couldn’t agree more!
I can share with certainty that our fine educators value the instructional rounds as we collaborate around focused data collection, dialogue and self-reflection. That leads our staffs to setting goals for continued student success.
It has been an absolute joy to be in each of the classrooms we visited. Our teachers teach with clear intention, consistency in standards and solid strategies to engage students. Our students are actively engaged in learning and collaboration as they demonstrate skills and concepts they are learning. Teachers and students alike focus on assessment of learning, which is impressive to witness!
In addition to our educators focusing all work on students, there are countless examples of how our support staff truly supports teaching and learning. The hard work and dedication they demonstrate in their day-to-day work is clear. What is not as well-known is the compassion and commitment they give behind the scenes to ensure educators and students are supported in their work of teaching and learning. At CSPS, we appreciate the collaborative spirit of our highly valued educators and support staff.
I’ll say it again and again, it is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent. Please know I maintain an open door to any and all who would like to talk. A hallmark of my career has been being approachable to all students, staff, parents and community members. It’s that servant leadership philosophy that I hold dear in all aspects of my life. Please do call, write or drop by for a visit at any time. I would love an opportunity to get to know you and learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have about any topic, such as instructional rounds!
Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Office: 616-696-1204 ext. 1001 Cell: 925-899-3111