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2020 Vision Update

posted Feb 10, 2020, 12:14 PM by Brenda Williams
The strategic roadmap and the 2020 Vision for Pequot Lakes Schools were adopted in June of 2014 and, well, it’s now 2020!! The school board is preparing to update the roadmap and invites all members of the community and friends of the Patriots to provide input by filling out a brief survey. The “2020 Survey” is linked to the district website (www.isd186.org) under the “News & Media” menu and will remain open through the month of February. Along with the 2020 Survey you will find a link to a 2020 Vision Report that highlights some of the great work and accomplishments from the past five and a half years. The Patriots have a great deal to be proud of!

The 2020 Vision challenged the staff at Pequot Lakes Schools to be a world-class learning organization that provides a rigorous, relevant, and personalized learning experience for every student. That work started with significant changes for teachers in 2014-15 with the creation of empowered school leadership teams that continue to drive improvement efforts. Investment in high quality professional development was increased significantly, resources were allocated to curriculum development, and the district’s technology infrastructure was expanded to facilitate the transition to a 1:1 technology rich learning environment. This coming summer Pequot Lakes Schools will transition to a new student information system (PowerSchool) and a new learning management system (Schoology) providing robust platforms to personalize learning pathways for students. In addition, since 2014 the high school has added Advanced Placement courses, Robotics, Aviation, a Cultural Perspectives course, the annual career fair, a strong internship program and a school trap shooting team expanding opportunities for every student.

Another great highlight from the 2020 Vision Report is the celebration of all three schools achieving High Reliability Schools level 1 certification!! The certification requires school leadership teams to provide strong evidence of systems, practices, and efforts to create and maintain a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment. All three teams are already working hard on levels two and three which focus on high quality instruction and a guaranteed and viable curriculum.

Finally, the 2020 Vision Report highlights efforts to improve the effectiveness of district operations and to cultivate strong community partnerships. The district has had a consistently balanced budget, updated the bus fleet, invested in buildings & grounds equipment, installed a solar panel system with no cost to taxpayers, added a Career Advisor position in partnership with Rural MN CEPT, expanded Community Education programs, augmented the Bridges Program, and cultivated strong partnerships with area businesses and organizations. Much of the 2020 Vision has come to fruition due to the hard work of our excellent staff and strong, positive leadership from the school board. Please take time to provide your input in the 2020 Survey so we can make the next 5 years just as successful! Go Patriots!

-- Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Schools
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