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School goals include tech training, collaboration, emphasis on reading
August 23, 2013 · Jake Krob

With new leadership from superintendent Pat Hocking, the Lisbon school year is under way with some new goals for 2013-14.

Hocking and principals Roger Teeling and Ian Dye reported the goals to the school board last week. The school board will discuss its own goals at a special meeting Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

Hocking reported on goals in the area of professional development for staff. He said they are:

• Become better educated about Iowa's Common Core State Standards.

• Emphasize teachers learning technology. Hocking said teachers need to continually work on keeping up to speed with the technology skills students have.

• Have a positive climate in the district. "We need to keep promoting the good things - we need to toot our own horn," Hocking said.

Hocking said he had a great first meeting will all staff members. He's also given all of them a sheet of paper asking them to tell about themselves so Hocking can better get to know them. Additionally, he's asked them to give him three good things about Lisbon and two areas where the district could do better.

Teeling said there are two main goals for the elementary this school year:

• Continuing to focus on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), which are in place in Lisbon to help foster collaboration among staff. Teeling said one focus will be on using data to help advance the educational experience in Lisbon.

• Advancing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system. This was implemented last school year, when elementary students were taught expectations for common areas such as hallways, the lunch room and playgrounds. This year, expectations will be taught for classroom behavior.

Dye said the goals at the secondary level are to:

• Make sure curriculum is aligned.

• Use technology to enhance and support that goal.

• Keep pushing for improvements in reading.

In addition to the planned school board goal setting session on Aug. 26, the board also plans to meet with Hocking and McPherson & Jacobson to set goals and a plan for evaluation of Hocking. McPherson & Jacobson was the search firm used to find a new superintendent. A part of the service is to work on the evaluation piece.

Board president Andy Sullivan reminded the board that the district had already paid for that service.

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