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Management Pathway Plan Approved

Posted May 11, 2017


Dear Community,

Late this afternoon, the Colorado State Board of Education gave its approval to our Management Pathway Plan, which allows us to move forward with our important work and put politics and time consuming state bureaucracy behind us.

This is good news for us and more importantly for our children.

As I told you last week, the State Board requested we provide more details about the role of our partners - AdvancED and Dr. Robert Marzano. The state was pleased with our answers and voted to approve the plan. It’s important to note that the key elements in the plan involve steps already taken by WPS or planned for the coming year.

Our partnerships with AdvancED and Dr. Marzano fully support our Competency Based System and will only make us better. On many occasions, I have described them as our 'critical friends,' which I think accurately describes our relationship.

Moving forward we will continue to point out the flaws in the state accountability model and advocate for change. Educators from across the state, some publically, others privately, have reached out to me and thanked Westminster Public Schools for taking on the fight.

It was the right fight and I’m so proud of all the people who invested their time and talents on behalf of the district. The performance by our staff and Board of Education during the hearings made a lasting impression on everyone who has followed the issue. The turnout of principals, teachers and parents also sent a strong message about the pride and unity of our community.

This has been a frustrating process, but I believe we have emerged from it stronger than ever. Our partners will push us to improve and that is always a good thing. We have made it clear that we have high expectations for ourselves and our students.

One of the takeaways is that all of us need to double-down on our efforts to ensure all of our children reach their full potential. That is our highest priority, but it will sure feel good to prove all of those critics wrong!

One other positive outcome to this debate is that it has forced us to articulate our values to the public and ourselves and remember why we went into the education profession in the first place. I know it has energized me and made me excited about the future. I hope the same is true for you.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools