Superintendent Entry Plan
Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson held 20 stakeholder meetings with students, staff, parents and invested citizens in the fall of 2017 to learn what matters most and to help develop the Wichita Public Schools' strategic plan.
Dr. Thompson is listening carefully to the thoughts and ideas of WPS stakeholders, she is also focused on three key student-centered objectives during her first year as superintendent:
- ACADEMIC RIGOR - including 3rd grade proficiency, an aligned and viable preK-12 curriculum, and choices and pathways to provide individualized experiences for students.
- SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT - including the development of soft skills such as communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, organization, problem solving, self-regulation, teamwork and collaboration, and time management.
- STRATEGIC COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS - including enhanced school/family communication, thriving site councils and collaborative community partnerships.
This WPS entry plan outlines specific strategies to provide Dr. Thompson the opportunity to learn through the lens of the superintendent about our district's students, staff and the community that supports them. By engaging in this entry plan, Dr. Thompson will LISTEN, LEARN, PLAN then LEAD. She will learn what WPS is doing well, what areas present the greatest challenges for WPS, and what needs to be in place in order to move the district forward.
Completion of this entry plan will allow Dr. Thompson to establish relationships with internal and external stakeholders while gaining a deeper understanding of the district's strengths and challenges. The structured listening and learning sessions, and corresponding strategic plan data collection process, will enable Dr. Thompson to maximize the district's efforts toward accelerating student achievement for ALL students within the Wichita Public Schools.
Upon completion of these activities, a culminating report with findings and proposed strategies for system-wide improvements will be released to the Wichita Board of Education and WPS community in spring 2018.