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Rowan-Salisbury Schools unveils new logo, strategic plan

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The Rowan-Salisbury School System officially unveiled the district's new three-year Strategic Plan on Tuesday at the Community Forum II, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Salisbury, Inc., and the LandTrust for Central North Carolina.

Survey results received from the first Community Forum held in March placed Education as a top priority, according to a news release from the school system.  

With the school district preparing to release a new plan, logo, and motto, it was an opportune time for Rowan-Salisbury Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody to be invited as the keynote speaker to unveil this exciting news to the public.

"Our new plan moves us forward in providing the best we can give to the 20,000 students that we serve each day," states Dr. Richard Miller, Chairman of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, in the release. "We have always known that we have the best teachers and students in our schools and the best staff to support the classrooms in our district. Our new plan provides the direction and the necessary technology tools needed to enable our students be competitive in a rapidly changing world of high tech innovation."

"This is a very exciting time for our district and for public education," says Dr. Moody. "Our new plan reflects how classroom instruction is changing. Teachers are becoming leaders in the classrooms. They are making learning relevant to the real world by empowering students to becoming critical thinkers and to create an environment of collaboration among students in the classroom. Putting a technology device into the hands of each student and teacher is a critical tool to the success of our strategic plan."

Approximately six months prior releasing the new strategic plan, a committee of students, parents, teachers, principals, community members, school board members and school administrators began extensive work analyzing a wide collection of data over a five-year period of time.

"Our core business is teaching and learning. With this emphasis in mind, our strategic planning committee studied a variety of statistics ranging from our district's online survey results, student performance, free and reduced lunch percentages, graduation and dropout rates and teacher turnover trends in addition to other information," says Dr. Moody. "The two areas that emerged were reading & literacy and student engagement."

The strategic plans calls for a transformation across the district in the way instruction is delivered to students in the classroom. This new direction will challenge teachers to deliver instruction differently to students. This is an exciting challenge for teachers as they guide students to a point where they are fully engaged, thinking critically and working together with other students to relate real-world meaning to their learning.

Critical to this transformation will be the implementation of the technology plan that moves the district to a higher level of student learning by implementing a district wide 1:1 conversion.  This conversion would provide each student with a laptop or iPad. The schedule, provided in the technology plan, would begin by deploying all teachers a laptop prior to the last day of school. This would allow them time over the summer months to become familiar with their new teaching devices.

The new Strategic Plan provides a vision of what can happen every day in every classroom in our district for student success. Rowan-Salisbury Schools is E3 ~ providing "Extraordinary Education Every Day" for our children.

The Community Forum II was held at the China Grove Community Room in China Grove.

More information on the Rowan-Salisbury Strategic Plan can be found on the district's website at: www.rss.k12.nc.us

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