The Educational Services Department's purpose is to provide leadership to the organization, specifically teaching staff, student services, curricular specialists and administrative staff in the area of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The department implements programs and strategies to ensure the continual improvement of the education systems in accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the district. The work associated within this department directly impacts the school district’s ability to maximize the academic achievement and personal growth of each student.
The focus of the Educational Services Department is to ensure that student learning opportunities provided by the school district prepare students for post-secondary education options to foster successful professional careers. The mission of the department is to meet the needs of all learners through the implementation of aligned curriculum and assessment, the implementation of best instructional practices, and intentional use of data to foster collegial collaboration, increase academic achievement, and establish a growth mindset so that all students can learn. The following summarizes the key components of the comprehensive approach the department takes to ensure that all students develop the skills necessary to meet the challenges of a changing global environment:
The Mequon-Thiensville School District (MTSD) is an exemplary learning community that supports innovation and is committed to challenging all learners. Through collaboration around assessment data, our teachers facilitate and make informed decisions regarding the implementation of research-based curriculum and instructional strategies that ensure high expectations for all students to learn, explore a future identity, and achieve post-secondary success.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING
The philosophy of the MTSD professional development program is to promote research-based instructional and student engagement strategies so that staff members develop and grow professional competencies, attitudes and educational beliefs to positively impact all students. Much of the professional learning to promote best teaching practices is grounded in AVID's College Readiness System. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) instructional practices are grounded in promoting student collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.