Dear Pirate Nation,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year. Our theme for the 2018-2019 will be Challenge.Support.Grow. To challenge students and faculty without relational support is futile and leads to irreparable frustration. Too much support without meaningful challenge limits personal and corporate accountability. However, being challenged AND supported leads to sustained organizational growth. In planning for the 2018-2019 school year, we are designing and implementing systems and processes that will challenge and support students and staff. A commitment to the process means to focus on who we are becoming as an organization, as opposed to short-term outcomes only.
There will be a few things that are new to Chilton ISD for the 2018-2019 School Year. Primarily, we will begin to incorporate the AVID program as a K-12 initiative. Our initial focus will be on incorporating the AVID philosophy of high expectations for all teachers and students, implementing a district-wide approach to organization and problem solving, and the focused note-taking process. In addition to AVID, the Chilton ISD will embrace the 7 Mindsets framework for Social and Emotional Learning. Administration, Teachers, Students and Community Members will learn, embrace, and incorporate the concepts of growth, resiliency, and leadership development into the daily operations of Chilton ISD. In addition to the new, we are improving our current systems to ensure that our students receive a comprehensive educational experience that will allow them to compete in a global society.
The late Dr. Myles Monroe stated that “vision is the capacity to see further than your eyes can look.” Thus, if we are going to be successful, we must develop the capacity to see beyond our students’ situations and circumstances. Not only must we develop this vision, but we must develop the capacity to move based upon our extended vision. Stagnation occurs as a result of many organizational leaders, and members, failure to see, failure to move, and failure to finish. True progress never fights the existing reality. True progress builds new models to make the old ones obsolete. I’ve heard time and again that “this program has not been implemented in a school like yours.” My response has been and will continue to be that we are re-imagining education in Chilton ISD.
Per Aspera Ad Astra,
Brandon K. Hubbard, Superintendent of Schools