Springfield Public Schools is committed to supporting Every Student, Every Day, but defining what support means was important to understanding what our community values as success in shaping our Student Investment Account planning. Through in person community events, as well as the use of an online platform (ThoughtExchange) the Springfield Schools asked “What does it mean to be Life-Ready?” and then more specifically “What areas of investment do you believe directly support a ‘Life-Ready’ student?”
Following the collection of nearly 1,700 thoughts and more than 52,000 ratings, along with feedback received at in-person meetings, SPS worked to consolidate themes from the public input.
Through this process many important ideas emerged, however it quickly became evident that our community was interested in having larger conversations on two of the targeted investment areas outlined in state law:
Increasing adults in our system/addressing class-size concerns
Supporting the health and safety of students
In phase two of the SPS planning process, the district will now be working directly with smaller focus groups to refine those larger themes into actionable recommendations that will inform the district’s student investment account application that will be made available for public review and input later this spring.
The following focus group meetings will be held and individuals from underrepresented and historically underserved populations are specifically invited to join us and share their thoughts on the planning process.