do school systems maintain local control while a myriad of new expectations
are being introduced? This is the question that ESD 123 Superintendent
Bruce Hawkins posed to the region’s district superintendents in
February 2012. School districts across the state face an onslaught of
rapidly approaching changes in the areas of teacher and principal evaluations,
Common Core standards, and funding challenges. Stepping “outside
the box,” ESD 123 challenged its school systems to consider applying
the concept of the “whole child” to the “whole district.”
In April, the ESD identified Prescott School District as willing and able
to accept this challenge.
The ESD 123 “Transformation Project” offers to districts the
opportunity to partner with their ESD in an effort to maintain local control
and best practices, while creatively meeting shifting expectations. Through
this project, Prescott will have access to well-coordinated and connected
services from the ESD, such as TPEP, Common Core, data coaching, human
resources, business management, public relations, early learning, or more.
The Prescott ESD Transformation Enterprise, or PETE, will provide trained
ESD staff leadership and expertise to the Prescott School District.
This month, ESD 123 facilitators will meet with the Prescott team to review
the district’s current programs, resources, and expected initiatives.
Together, the ESD and Prescott will identify a select number of top district
priorities for which the district will receive assistance. After identifying
areas of service, they will create a customized action plan that will
assist the district in its transformation process. Rather than becoming
a victim to the many changing expectations it faces, Prescott is daring
to get ahead of the game through careful planning and preparation. Both
Prescott and ESD 123 are anxious to encounter the unfolding possibilities
that await PETE.
~Molly Curtiss, ESD 123
Communications & Graphics Coordinator