On the evening of September 25, members of the RCS community gathered to discover how curriculum and community collaboration can combine to create informed, experienced and employable graduates. Teachers, local businesses, community members, and parents tackled items related to RCS’s future success as we send students fully prepared into today’s world.
“Our students are at a critical crossroads in their academic careers,” said RCS Superintendent of Schools Brian Bailey. “We are seeking input from our community members, parent/caregivers and local businesses to identify what’s needed for community growth and success. How do we see that unfolding across our district? Are we providing the necessary training, curriculum and vocational experience for our students to be prepared for successful careers? Let’s find out and ask the right questions to build an effective blueprint moving forward.”
The forum took a critical glance into the four Cs of 21st century learning: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Each C is essential to building a worldly awareness and will provide students access to crucial employability skills. “These forums spark conversation among our community, while allowing our students to achieve greater results. This open ended dialogue gives us a platform to create strategies to make things happen within our district,” said RCS Assistant Superintendent Fred Engelhardt.
Many actionable ideas were shared surrounding volunteerism, mentoring, internships, field trips, access to upper-level coursework, and career and technical education. The next step will be to develop task forces that will tackle the deployment of these great ideas. Dr. Bailey reiterated that “our students are competing with children from all over the world and it is our job as a community to ensure that they have both the content knowledge and employability skills to succeed in this ever-changing economic and technological landscape.”
Opportunities to contribute to this continuing work will be shared on Facebook and our website.