Board Goals

The School Board establishes goals annually that are aligned with the District's mission of, "Hopkins Public Schools serves the community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement." Once approved, the Board goals serve as the foundation from which the Superintendent will build her goals and, thereafter, the goals of District administrators and principals.

Board Goals

The Board goals — including indicators — for the 2017-18 school year were approved on May 16, 2017.

Strategic Pathway:  Innovate

Encourage imaginative thinking, calculated risks, and innovative solutions to achieve the best outcomes for students.

We will:

√  Inspire transformational learning through dynamic learning experiences that require critical thinking, creativity, and a global perspective.

√  Sharpen our focus on the educational future through research, implementation, assessment, and re-evaluation of practices.

√  Revolutionize how, when, and what students learn.

√  Grow passions that provide a foundation, foster talents, and prepare students to encounter the unknown.

School Board Goal:  The Hopkins School Board will inspire and nurture transformation in how all Hopkins students learn.

The School Board directed the administration to begin exploring how time and space can be manipulated to provide learning opportunities to students.  Blended learning, flexible learning spaces, curriculum, access to learning outside the schools' walls are some topics that could be explored.  Pilots in these areas are happening throughout the District.  Expanding this work and harvesting the ideas that are already emerging will be part of this exploration.

Indicators:

The Hopkins School Board will:

√  Set direction with the Director of Teaching and Learning and the Director of Technology and Information Services for a study on how time and space can be manipulated to improve and enhance learning across all grade levels.

√  Discuss the study and the outcomes of manipulating time and space at the end of the school year to share new learning as a result of the study.

√  Discuss with Teaching and Learning to review the curriculum review process and bring forward recommended changes.

√  Ask schools to look at parent teacher conference time and change as appropriate.

School Board Goal:  The Hopkins School Board will guide the development of the 2018-19 District budget in partnership with District Administration.

As always, the School Board will set budget priorities in partnership with the administration and community and innovate to make programs more efficient and effective.

Indicators:

The Hopkins School Board will:

√  Discuss program and budget priorities for the 2018-19 budget, building an understanding of the need and setting priorities for reductions in 2018-19.

√  Review key program changes to meet fiscal goals and guide resulting program transformations.

Strategic Pathway: Bridge

Validate, affirm, and connect the rich and diverse cultures of our community.

We will:

√  Foster an environment where students' beliefs and cultural identities are taught, developed, and honored. 

√  Challenge students and staff to see the world past their own personal lenses and build empathy.

√  Be vigilant and creative to recruit, hire, retain, and support a professional staff who reflect the racial and cultural diversity in our local and global community.

School Board Goal:  The Hopkins School Board will intentionally connect with members of the Hopkins Public Schools' community.

The School Board will begin to explore the need for a referendum.  Most of this referendum will be a renewal and combination of existing referenda.  Administration is working to explore building additions, especially at Meadowbrook and the High School, which will lead to a discussion about an additional bond.

Indicators:

The Hopkins School Board will:

√  Provide necessary information to the community regarding levy financing so community leaders can conduct a referendum.

√  Provide School Board candidates appropriate information for the Board election in November 2017.

√  Survey parents and community members to ascertain perceptions and concerns about the District and educational programming.

School Board Goal:  The Hopkins School Board will explore with administration new ways to engage students and families.

The Hopkins School Board will:

√  Evaluate with administration current practices, including but not limited to parent-teacher conferences and open houses and explore ways to transform how families interact with schools.

Strategic Pathway:  Partner

Build strong partnerships with the local and global community.

We will...

√  Strengthen professional collaboration to reinforce student learning.

√  Pursue partnerships with diverse communities, businesses, and institutions.

√  Facilitate partnerships that provide real-life experiences and opportunities for Hopkins learners.

√  Engage students in the process.

School Board Goal:  The Hopkins School Board will foster the partnership with new District leadership.

The School Board will select a new Superintendent beginning July 2017.  The School Board will need to consider activities and events for the School Board and Superintendent to build their necessary strong relationship.

Indicators:

The Hopkins School Board will:

√  Introduce the new Superintendent to processes, policy, people, and practices that are key to the leadership culture of the Hopkins Public Schools.

School Board Goal:  The Hopkins School Board will continue to nurture partnerships between regional leaders.

Indicators:

The Hopkins School Board will:

√  Meet with partner school districts and city councils including but not limited to Hopkins City Council and Edina and Robbinsdale School Boards to discuss integration efforts and legislative priorities.