A VISION FOR EDUCATION IN CUMBERLAND
Imagine five years from now…
STUDENTS come to Cumberland schools eager to learn. All students have high expectations for themselves and produce meaningful work that demonstrates a knowledge of skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and social sciences, as well as the ability to communicate clearly. Students demonstrate an appreciation for their national heritage, fine arts and other cultures of their world as well as the multicultural contributions within the community. They participate in healthy activities, avoid at-risk behaviors and interact with others with respect. They have access to the latest technology to help master challenging content and individualize learning. After-school help and summer enrichment programs provide on-going support for all students. All students’ learning is enhanced by school-to-work experiences, service learning, and the use of state of the art technology applications. Students display pride in Cumberland schools and demonstrate educational excellence.
TEACHERS are highly qualified and certified in their area and have high expectations for all students. They demonstrate improved student performance with a variety of assessments such as portfolios, exhibitions, and performance assessments. Teachers are lifelong learners. Professional development helps teachers connect daily experiences to a process of continuous improvement. New teachers are supported through mentoring programs. Teachers work individually and collaboratively to identify best practice strategies to meet the varying needs and learning styles of all students. Teachers participate in key decisions about how their schools operate. Teachers work with parents to improve student performance. All educational staff demonstrates pride in Cumberland schools and help to maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment for learning.
ADMINISTRATORS are educational leaders in the district and in their schools. In their respective roles, they model high expectations for teachers and students through a balance of management and vision. They work to establish the district and individual schools as a learning community. School leaders place student and adult learning at the center of all decisions. Administrators actively engage the community to create shared responsibility for student and school success.
PARENTS participate actively in decision-making at the district and school level and share the responsibility, authority and accountability for improving schools. Parents are actively involved in their child’s education. They support safe, clean and disciplined classrooms. Cumberland schools are free of drugs and violence. Students and families are directed to a system of support services to meet the physical and emotional needs of their students.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS volunteer in classrooms, help to improve school facilities, and support education expenditures. They are stewards for school success and improved performance of all children. Community members value Cumberland public schools as a high achieving system that is a hallmark of the community.
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYERS are in partnership with schools and share directly in the success of schools by participating in classroom enrichment and student mentor programs, providing consultation, and helping schools to run their operations more effectively. They recruit new employees from among Cumberland graduates whose skills meet or exceed the needs of their industries. They support and participate in the school-to-career system for all students.
HIGHER EDUCATION institutions welcome Cumberland graduates knowing that they are well prepared and equipped to meet the new learning challenges. They hold high expectations for student performance, consistent with the standards of the PK-12 system. They are partners with the district and with schools in support of improved teaching and learning.
EDUCATION in Cumberland is a flexible system and supports a wide range of teaching and learning approaches. Students, teachers, parents and schools are valued and know exactly what is expected of them. They can measure their progress against focused statewide expectations. Schools, teachers and families have easy access to services and expertise to help them manage their school operation efficiently and provide high quality instruction for all students.
Cumberland Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 10
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