“All students. All abilities. All opportunities.” That’s the motto of the Canby School District, and it’s the underlying force behind the four major goals laid out in the district’s new academic vision. The plan is meant to guide the district’s work and decision making, and is based on its foundational beliefs of academic achievement for all students, embracing diversity, eliminating barriers to success and partnering with parents and families to share responsibility for student learning.
Superintendent Trip Goodall says having a clear vision is important for the district to reach its goals of improving academic achievement, increasing family engagement, providing an equitable education for all and ensuring the effectiveness of the district’s educators.
The district has also hired a new administrator to head its reworked Teaching & Learning Department, which is responsible for the curricula taught to students at each grade level as well as the means by which students are assessed. Dr. Ivonne Dibblee began her career in education as a spanish teacher, but has spent the last four years as principal of Atkinson Elementary School in Portland, which has a dual language immersion program similar to the one in place at Trost Elementary in Canby.
Dibblee literally wrote the book on leading K-5 dual immersion programs: Her doctoral dissertation was on the subject at Portland State University.
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