3 Big Rocks

3 Big Rocks
Posted on 09/14/2018

3 Big RocksThe 2018-19 school year began with a defining moment. All Mason City Schools staff came together to celebrate at the annual opening day convocation. But, for the first time in Mason history, Mason closed its buildings so that ALL staff could join the opening day kickoff.


"I believe it is critical that everyone in our organization is included in our celebration," explained MCS Superintendent Jonathan Cooper. "We all know that Mason is only great because of the people."


Cooper introduced 3 Big Rocks that are important goal areas Mason City Schools will remain committed to over the next 3-5 years.


#Rock1: Culture = beliefs that drive behaviors which shape experiences.
#Rock2: Inclusive Excellence = celebrate diversity, embrace equity and justice, and live out authentic inclusion
#Rock3: Personalized Learning/Experience = learner-driven design and learner-driven solutions

The kickoff session ended with a journey that led to the introduction of 'Teams of 8' in which every employee in the entire organization was divided and assigned to a team of eight. The teams will meet six times throughout the year to discuss and give feedback on key district conversations. There are approximately 150 teams, and a key ‘connector’ was chosen for each team. This person will help the teams connect and also give ongoing feedback to the district’s leadership team. This will elevate the voices of employees, while valuing their professional ideas. This approach has potential to make the district a more agile organization that is connected to ground level conversations where the important work with students takes place on a daily basis.


Watch the Opening Day video.


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