Posted on: August 3, 2012
Tucson Unified School District announces its new Vision for Action and core values after a lengthy visioning process that the district had undertaken to define its focus and redirect itself toward the number one priority of improving student achievement.
The district's Vision for Action statement is "Delivering Excellence in Education Every Day."
The new core values are:
Student-Centeredness – Making every decision with student success in mind
Caring – Acting with respect, dignity, and concern for all
Diversity – Celebrating and accepting our differences as our strength
Collaboration – Partnering to reach common goals
Innovation – Embracing new ideas and challenging assumptions
Accountability – Taking responsibility to do things right and to do the right thing
The Vision for Action and values will serve as the roadmap for TUSD to stay the course on improving student achievement and to ensure that this top priority is fully integrated throughout district culture.
The visioning process launched in September 2011 with a district-wide survey asking TUSD employees for their ideas. More than 3,300 responses were analyzed, summarized, and used as the basis for group discussions and further surveying in schools and departments. The staff portion of the process culminated with feedback on a group of guiding principles and suggestions on how they should be implemented by the district and individual staffers.
The next stage of the visioning process involved engaging the community with the online survey "What Does YOUR TUSD Look Like?" The survey asked community members to give an assessment of the district, including submitting ideas on what works well and what does not work well, and what else needs to be considered. Nearly 2,000 responses from the public were analyzed and summarized. Sixty-nine percent of those who took the survey were parents, most of whom have a child in a TUSD school. More than 62 percent of total respondents said they felt "positive" or "very positive" about the district.
Finally, a diverse committee comprised of community members, TUSD students, union representatives, and district staff used the responses and data from the entire process to establish the statement and values. The TUSD Governing Board unanimously approved the statement and values on July 24.
Results of the community survey are posted online in the press release, "Nearly 2,000 community members respond to online survey."