Journey of a Superintendent: You Are Making a Difference

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane working with staff at New Stanley Elementary School.

A week rarely passes without a community leader, business leader, or state official stopping me to share how proud they are of the work we are doing in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Often the next comment is a question about how we will be able to continue to improve results, while raising our standards and expectations? My answer is always the same: I work with a great team of teachers, support staff and administrators. What makes our team great is our full commitment to the students and families of our community.

Eleanor Roosevelt once stated that “we gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” We have taken on the challenge, not just to be “adequate,” but rather to aim for meaningful results, life-changing results, for our students. For all the hard work this journey demands, for the courage it takes to face the difficult work, day in and day out for the future of our kids, we are forever grateful to each and every one of you. Stay encouraged, take it one day at a time. Hear the voices that are telling us we are making a tremendous difference in the lives of our students. We are creating a generation of innovative thinkers who will (and may already be working to) change the world.

As we celebrate American Education Week, I want to say thank you to each one of our staff for their vision and their dedication.

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4 Responses to Journey of a Superintendent: You Are Making a Difference

  1. Julie Pruett says:

    I work with a great team of teachers and administrators at William Allen White. We continuously go above and beyond to challenge ourselves to provide excellence for our students. Currently, the teachers are reading The Daily 5 and The Daily Cafe to enhance our reading instruction in the classroom. As we have been talking and preparing for the coming months….we have one question. Do we stop and prepare our students to take the Kansas State Assessment? We know the results are important and recognized. The answer will decide which path we go forward with, in planning and preparing for the curriculum and instruction when we return back to school in January.

    • Mawar says:

      Now let’s multiply that cost by the nbemur of hours our President spends tooling around the country or jetting off to Hawaii on vacation. This week he flew to Orlando for a two hour photo op in the Magic Kingdom which inconvenienced multitudes visiting Disney World and cost taxpayers a bundle of money better spent elsewhere (Oh, Sorry I forgot the Florida Primary is coming up )Why not show a picture of the castle behind the President as he speaks from the White House??PLEASE Stay Home Mr. President save the taxpayers a few bucks so we’ll still have social security and medicare when we need them!!!!

  2. Dr. Lane says:

    Julie,
    We must always keep in mind what our children need in all decisions we make. We know that students need to be literate citizens to have a chance at the American dream. In fact, our Literacy Council has said “literacy is a civil right.” So as we grapple with our day to day instructional decisions, we must ask ourselves “what do our students need to realize their dreams and become fully literate citizens?” Keep in mind that test preparation has never produced literate citizens who can solve problems, critically analyze information and situations, or become innovate thinkers. The choices we make impact our students futures. Their success is our success, every grown-up, every child, every day.

  3. Jen Holt says:

    I think many teachers have the same wondering Julie. Teaching one thing, but having an assessment on another feels unsettling. We all know that test prep doesn’t promote deep thinking and learning, but we don’t want them to do poorly on any test! That said, there’s an article in yesterday’s Lawrence Journal World it gives some interesting insights to this conversation.

    http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/dec/11/state-education-board-chairman-questions-need-test/

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