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District 96 Mission, Vision, Core Values & Goals


Mission: Empowering learners through meaningful educational opportunities that reflect the knowledge, skills and experiences needed for future success as engaged citizens.

Motto: Empowering learners for life.

Vision: Meaningful educational learning opportunities must:

  • Foster student passion for learning.
  • Celebrate and reward curiosity, creativity, innovation and experimentation.
  • Close opportunity and equity gaps to ensure high levels of achievement and expectations for all learners.
  • Nurture the “whole child” and empower learners to grow socially, emotionally and physically, showing respect for self, others and community.
  • Embrace individual differences and support learners in building their understanding of cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion.
  • Invest in high quality staff who are lifelong learners, effective collaborators and instructors.
  • Create relevant and authentic learning experiences that extend beyond the text and classroom and provide real life application.
  • Allocate resources, including facilities, to enhance learning and teaching and achieve the mission.


Core Values

These values will guide our behaviors and actions:

  • Respect and Responsibility
  • Agility and Resilience
  • Collaboration and Engagement
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Continuous Improvement and Commitment to Excellence
  • Empathy and Compassion


Long-Range Goals and Critical Strategies

Student Growth and Achievement Goal: Ensure high levels of learning for all students.

Strategies that need attention to achieve this goal at a higher level:

  • Address opportunity and equity gaps for all subgroups of students
  • Develop a standards-based monitoring and reporting process
  • Explore implementation of Full-day Kindergarten


Learning Environment and Culture Goal: Cultivate a safe, secure and inclusive learning environment that is responsive to the evolving needs of each student.

 Strategies that need attention to achieve this goal at a higher level:

  • Ensure consistent integration of social and emotional learning with the core curriculum
  • Provide student-centered learning opportunities that ensure personalized avenues for engagement and agency
  • Implement a culturally responsive approach to student learning


High-Quality Staff Goal: Recruit, develop, and retain exceptional personnel for all positions.

Strategies that need attention to achieve this goal at a higher level:

  • Provide a personalized professional learning environment that includes mentoring, coaching and collaboration
  • Diverse Workforce


Family and Community Partnerships Goal: Build a strong support system by engaging families, partners and the greater community to meet the needs of all students.

Strategies that need attention to achieve this goal at a higher level:

  • Cultivate opportunities to engage families and the community as partners with the development and articulation of authentic student learning experiences


Stewardship of Resources Goal: Develop and sustain effective, efficient and equitable use of all resources to optimize the operations for improved student achievement and fiscal responsibility.

 Strategies that need attention to achieve this goal at a higher level:

  • Maintain facilities to provide safe, clean, flexible and child-friendly learning environments for students


*Each goal will have a set of indicators, measures and targets to be developed at a later date to ensure it is a SMART Goal.