Belton ISD Developing Collective Vision for Student Experience
Leaders in Belton ISD are dreaming big and inviting the community to join them.
This month, the district is beginning the process to develop a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for students in Belton ISD. This vision, called Journey of a Graduate, will unite the district with a shared outlook and inform future decisions, from student learning experiences to facility designs to staffing needs and more.
“Education is about the values of a community,” said Superintendent Dr. Matt Smith. “This process we’re embarking on will allow us to hear from our community what qualities and skills are most important for Belton ISD students to be equipped with, and then map out a plan to create experiences supporting those things.”
The process begins with identifying parents, teachers, students and community members to join a design team that will consider these questions:
What are the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that our district stakeholders have for our young people?
What are the skills and mindsets that our children need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world?
What are the implications for the design of the learning experiences—and equitable access to those experiences—we provide in our school systems?
The design team will collaborate together in four virtual meetings. Out of these meetings, Smith expects 5-7 attributes to rise to the surface as most important to the community.
“By pulling all those voices together, we’ll get a clear picture of what’s most important,” he said. “We’ll be able to identify the collective attributes, hopes and dreams the community has for each and every student in Belton ISD.”
Smith expects the vision to be completed and approved by the Board of Trustees by January, and then the hard work really begins.
“With a collective vision in place, we’ll be able to take steps toward creating a learning environment where students can reach these aspirations,” Smith said. “The shared outlook will unite staff and guide decision-making across the district for years to come.”