Michael E Thornton, Ph.D., Acting Superintendent of Schools
The mission of Norfolk Public Schools, the cornerstone of a proudly diverse community, is to ensure that all students maximize their academic potential, develop skills for lifelong learning and are successful contributors to a global society, as distinguished by:
* Courageous advocacy for all students. * Family and community investment. * Data-driven personalized learning. * Strong and effective leadership teams. * Shared responsibility for Teaching and Learning. * Access to rigorous and rewarding college and career readiness opportunities.
=== 5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN STRATEGIES:
We will promote NPS as the cornerstone of our community’s well-being. *Big ideas: Technology, Facilities, Competition, Alumni, Early Learning/Literacy
We will empower and facilitate meaningful family and community partnerships. *Big ideas: Family dynamics, Poverty, Wrap-around Services, Crisis Interventions, Support Systems, Neighborhood Hubs, Community/Family/Parent Engagement, Volunteer Pathways
We will relentlessly pursue engaged learning through high-quality instruction. *Big ideas: Highly qualified AND highly effective staff, Professional Learning, Closing the GAP, Funding/Grants; Accountability, College and Career Readiness, Human Resources
We will host environments in which all individuals feel safe and secure. *Big ideas: Cultural Proficiency, Safety, Climate, Relationships, External Influences, Eco-friendly buildings, Alternative Programs, Facilities
We will nurture a culture of excellence, equity and justice through continuous improvement. *Big ideas: Cultural Proficiency, Closing the GAP, Increasing Resources, Program Evaluation, Early Learning/Literacy, Zoning, School Choice/Open Enrollment, Accountability, Disproportionate populations, Technology, College and Career Readiness
=== BOARD AND DIVISION PRIORITIES:
1. Ensure full accreditation 2. Increase academic achievement of all students -- raising the floor and ceiling simultaneously 3. Improve climate, safety and attendance 4. Become a School Board of Distinction 5. Promote Norfolk Public Schools to reflect outstanding accomplishments of staff, teachers and students 6. Develop and coordinate a capital improvement plan for facilities and technology to enhance teaching and learning 7. Attract, retain, and help to develop strong academic families and highly qualified teachers and staff
=== SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR MEETINGS:
School Board Administration Building, School Board Room, 12th Floor 800 E. City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510 --- 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month unless notified otherwise. --- SCHOOL BOARD WORK SESSIONS:
Work sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month unless notified otherwise. NOTE: 100% IDENTIFICATION VERIFICATION IS IN FORCE...Please remember to bring proper identification (PICTURE ID) to enter the School Administration Building.