By Callie Metler-Smith
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” – Steve Jobs.
This quote greeted a team of teachers and administrators from Stamford including Superintendent Dr. Shaun Barnett, Oliver Principal Greg London, SMS Principal Kevin White, SHS Principal Casey Stone, Technology Director Michael Burfiend, CFO Staci Robertson, Linda Anders, Brittany Lefevre, Michelle Gilbert, Chandra Mathis, Region 14 Representative Keri Barnett, and School Board President Leigh Nauert at Apple Headquarters. These core members will continue to be part of an advisory committee to help with Stamford’s continued commitment to excellence. The group attended a Vision Conference to help create a central vision for the future of Stamford ISD. The only cost to the district was travel, with the actual conference sponsored by Apple.
Superintendent Barnett said he felt like it was a great opportunity for multiple stakeholders from the district to come together to create a central vision.
The new vision for the district is based on the sentence: “Stamford ISD will develop a positive staff culture that is intent on creating an atmosphere based on student centered authentic learning with a global perspective.”
Under this statement are the three supporting pillars:
Student-Centered Authentic Learning
The hope is that the staff, the students and the community will share in the implementation of this new vision at SISD. Stamford has done well with standardized testing over the past few years.
Barnett feels that this vision statement will help take Stamford to another level and better prepare our students for the word in which they will live. He is quick to stress that it isn’t about technology, but more about using technology to provide student-centered authentic learning for all students at Stamford ISD. All future activities at SISD are to follow under these three pillars of the vision statement.
Stamford is one of the first districts in Region 14 to provide a 1:1 ratio of Macbooks to High Schoolers, 1:1 Ratio of Apple Ipads for 2nd-8th grades, and after this year the ratio will be 1:1 for all grades at all campuses.