Happy 2017 – it is going to be a terrific year! We welcome everyone back to school as we continue our focus on teaching and learning at CSPS.
As we kick off a brand new year, it is an ideal time to learn about the vision, mission, core values and brand promise that was adopted by our Board of Education in December. The Board of Education embarked on the strategic planning process to update the direction of the District. The most important part of that process was to gather stakeholder feedback.
To that end, approximately 125 teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, students and community members participated in focus groups to provide input on the future and direction they (and those they represented) would like to see for CSPS. Additionally, the entire staff of CSPS was asked to provide their input on selecting the core values, which define the way will go about our work. The engagement and input was impressive and the outcome is just the same. The following was formally adopted by our dedicated Board of Education and will shape our work as we move forward:
Vision (where we are trying to go): Cedar Springs Public Schools will prepare all students to be independent thinkers and life-long learners who are confident and engaged in their community and world.
Mission (why we are doing what we’re doing): Cedar Springs Public Schools is a welcoming, inclusive educational environment where students are challenged to reach their potential, and are prepared for life beyond school.
Core Values (how we are going to go about our work- we’ll do so with): Integrity, Respect, Compassion, Accountability, Collaboration
Brand Promise (our “trademark”): Purpose, Potential, Pride
We are excited to keep these tenets of our strategic plan at the forefront of our work with students, staff, families and our community. On behalf of the Board of Education and our outstanding CSPS collegial team, I thank each and every one of the many people who gave of their time to commit to this important process. Thank you for your part in continuing to move forward our great Cedar Springs Public Schools.
Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., CSPS Superintendent of Schools