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Vison 202: Listening, Learning, Leading

Jul 13, 2015 09:01AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Community members listen to the presentation at the first session of the Vision 202 discussions.

Educational practices have seen a shift over the last 10 years with the introduction of new learning expectations, teaching methods, and technologies. Traditional teaching methods are now being reevaluated and challenged as we pursue the best way to prepare college and career ready students for the 21st century. Effective schools must teach students reading, writing, and arithmetic along with the ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex and unfamiliar problems. Students must learn to analyze problems and use evidence to support their conclusions using a variety of resources and technologies. Most importantly, students must be able to articulate their thoughts, ideas, and information using oral, written, and nonverbal communication.

Lisle Community Unit School District 202 recognizes this challenge and believes in the importance of a collaborative partnership with the Lisle community to meet the demands of the evolving expectations of education today. To accomplish this, Vision 202, a community engagement project between the school district and the Lisle community at-large, began this past spring with the goal of discussing current and future issues involved in maintaining a successful educational experience for students.

What sets Vision 202 apart from past projects is that Vision 202 is designed to be an ongoing two-way conversation between the school district and the Lisle community with a focus on listening, learning, and leading Lisle CUSD 202 into the future. During the first phase of the Vision 202 conversation, stakeholders across the community that included current and future parents, non-parents, business owners, employees, District 202 representatives, and other community members worked together to provide feedback to the school district during community engagement sessions.

At each session, the stakeholders in attendance collaborated on designated tasks to provide feedback and ideas to the school district on each strategic topic area. Over the course of the five Vision 202 sessions, participants provided feedback on key topics:

·        Session One focused on “The State of the District”

·        Session Two addressed student achievement and programs and services

·        Session Three discussed “The Financial Landscape of Lisle CUSD 202” and how the school district manages the community’s financial resources

·        Session Four centered on an introduction to the state of the current facilities and future facilities’ needs

·        Session Five served as a forum to discuss the set of recommendations created from the feedback collected during the first four sessions

The recommendations were presented to the Board of Education on June 15 by the Vision 202 co-chairs Bill Buchelt and Susan Stears. The final recommendations will be a useful tool in the creation of a long-term plan for the future of Lisle CUSD 202.

As a result of the rich conversations during Phase One of Vision 202, it was evident that Lisle CUSD 202 and the community agree that school facilities have a profound impact on teaching and learning. The school buildings need to be cost effective in order to maximize limited funding while providing a safe, healthful, and stimulating environment to support student learning. Join the Vision 202: Chapter 2 conversations during the fall of the 2015–2016 school year when we continue will evaluate the current facilities and determine how together we can best meet the changing needs of students attending Lisle CUSD 202.

Stay connected with Vision 202 by visiting the website at, “Like” us on Facebook at Lisle Vision 202 or follow us on Twitter @Vision_202.