The District has embarked on the visioning of its future through the recent completion of its Strategic Plan and its current work on the Academic Master Plan. To ensure continuity with these two critical components of the District’s vision, the work on the Facilities Master Plan has commenced. As with the previous work, we are seeking community engagement. We have planned a total of 34 community meetings: 1 -  Future’s Conference; 5 – Steering Committee Meetings; and 32 Community Dialogue meetings/events (2 days of 8 meetings each, 2x during the process).  The details of community engagement are outlined below.

    1) Future’s Conference (Feb 26th).  This initial community meeting of employers, education partners, government and community support organizations, philanthropic and faith-based groups, and other vested parties will help us to launch the outreach effort to secure community understanding of the District’s goals and objectives and how critically important it is to have community support throughout the process.  From this group we hope to secure several local organizations who will provide representation on the Steering Committee.  We may not get the Executive Director of an organization to participate on the Steering Committee, but we hope they will want to stay engaged.  Ideally, they will have a member of their team join the Steering Committee.

    2) Steering Committee (7 meetings throughout process). This diverse group representing the broader community and District 11 staff will do a significant amount of work.  Its membership will include those listed for the Future’s Conference and those that may not have been able to participate. Senior citizens, students, alternative education pathway partners, charter school representatives, elementary, middle and high school parents and administrators, District Accountability representation, and other community partners will be pursued. This group should be diverse, providing multiple perspectives to the work that needs to be done by this committee. This committee will do a significant amount of work focusing on District data to help frame the discussions with the broader community and help to build consensus on a pathway forward. The committee’s work will also be the basis for the survey questions that we will make available to the broader community in early May.

    3) Community Dialogue. There will be two sets of Community Dialogue Days that encompass multiple meetings on each given day: a few meetings in the morning, one at lunch, and more in the evening. Due to COVID-19, the meetings will be held virtually, with start times staggered to allow for the Superintendent and/or his team to provide the introduction and context for the community meeting(s). Staggered times will allow for community members to select a time that best suits their schedule; encouraging greater community access and participation. We also plan to facilitate Facebook real-time meetings. Over the course of two days, we will facilitate 16 community meetings.

    The community meeting output will be provided back to the Steering Committee to help direct their work. The Steering Committee will incorporate the ideas, issues and concerns of the community and help build robust options to bring back to the community for further input and refinement. The same type of community dialogue will be used for round two, over two days at multiple times.

    We look forward to the community conversations that will assist in reimagining D11’s future, its schools, its classrooms, and its learning environment for its students.