State of District Celebrates Innovations


Presentations by District administrators, teachers, and students helped to celebrate some of the learning and communication innovations happening in the Cedar Rapids Community Schools during the Dec. 13 State of the District program. Some 200 elected officials, business leaders, parents, and community members attended the annual meeting, held at the Educational Leadership and Support Center.

Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent, hosted the program, introducing videos and speakers to highlight the elementary foreign language program, Turnaround Schools, the BIG Ideas Program, the community conversation surrounding Magnet Schools, technology upgrades to parent/teacher/student communication, enrollment growth, and collaborations with the City. The breakfast event began with student entertainment from McKinley Middle School and also included a special student presentation of “What Does the Teacher Say,” from Coolidge Elementary School fourth graders. Dr. Brad Buck, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, also addressed attendees, complimenting the District on its initiatives and programming.

“The State of the District program was an excellent showcase of the new and innovative programs happening in our schools,” said Mary Meisterling, Board of Education President. “We have a lot to be proud of as we move forward.”

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