Camden Public Schools has just released the second phase of its strategic plan called “All Schools Rise,” which was created with input from hundreds of students, educators, parents, and residents.
In a district press release Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard reflected, “[e]ighteen months ago, the District made a series of promises to the community – promises that reflect our commitment to improving school safety, facilities, student and teacher support, parent engagement, and central office effectiveness. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in that time, and I’m also acutely aware of the need to do more.”
He added, “All Schools Rise was created with the intention of lifting up every school and every student in our City. In this plan, we’ve defined specific goals and initiatives to deliver on our promises. In the coming months, I look forward to working together to make these goals a reality and ensure that All Schools Rise.”
According to the press release, goals within All Schools Rise include:
- The percentage of students who feel safe in and around their schools will increase by at least 10 percent.
- Twice as many students will attend school in a building that has been constructed or significantly renovated since 2000.
- More than twice as many students will attend high-quality schools.
- The percentage of parents who say they have what they need to help their children succeed will rise by at least 10 percent.
- School community members will have a 90 percent satisfaction rate with the Central Office.
Camden parent Shirley Irizarry said, “With two kids enrolled in Camden public schools, I know first-hand that there are many factors that contribute to a great education. All Schools Rise is a comprehensive plan that addresses a range of issues that families face. We need to increase safety and improve support for educators and students, and we really need to simplify school enrollment—it’s too complicated right now. I’m glad that this, along with many other important issues, are a priority for the coming years.”
Here’s a one-page version in English and Spanish; here’s a video.