Celebrating Our Diverse Community of Learners was the theme of the 2016 State of the District program, held Dec. 20. Community partners, parents, students, and staff attended the annual breakfast event, which showcased the diversity of the District, emphasized a commitment to provide all learners with multiple pathways for success, and recognized the many businesses and organizations that support students and staff.
In his comments, Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck spoke to the need for changing classroom practices that better align with employer needs. He highlighted some of the ways that the District is working to provide students with project-based learning and multiple opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.
Kennedy High School senior Afnan Elsheikh further emphasized the importance of employability skills in her comments, focusing on how her involvements at Kennedy have prepared her for the future. Roosevelt Middle School 8th grader Celestte Panduro then celebrated the many ways the District supports its diverse community of learners by telling sharing her personal story of joining the District after moving to Cedar Rapids from another country. Videos featuring students, teachers, and area employers additionally highlighted the theme.
The Cleveland Elementary School Choir, McKinley Middle School Marching Band drumline, and Jefferson High School Meistersingers added special musical performances to the program. A video presenting students thanking community partners in multiple languages provided an opportunity to recognize the business and organization partners in attendance.
“The event was a great opportunity to showcase our students and the important work that is underway here in our Cedar Rapids Community School District,” noted Dr. Buck.