Meeting the Community: The Listening and Learning Tour
The First 100 Days
Dr. Contreras hit the ground running as she worked to meet with as many families, students, staff and community members as possible in her first 100 days.
During her Listening and Learning Tour, the Superintendent...
- Traveled more than 550 miles to visit 80 schools and more than 1,000 classrooms
- Spoke to 90 leaders and community groups, including Realtors, parent liaisons, Latino advisory members, civic and business leaders and law enforcement, among others
- Spoke to more than 100 communication volunteers and hundreds of other advisory group members
- Visited and spoke at multiple houses of worship
- Met with Grassroots Parent Coordinators and Title I Parent Ambassadors
- Conducted 11 Listen and Learn meetings, was a guest at five backyard events and received 737 digital responses to a related survey
Listening and Learning Tour: Gathering Feedback
What's working in GCS? What can we improve? What are your ideas to make GCS the best school district possible, and to help all our children soar to greatness?
Dr. Sharon Contreras visited communities across Guilford County on her Listening and Learning Tour. Board of Education members hosted events at ten schools across the area, gathering feedback from parents, students and local residents.
GCS staff gathered that important feedback; click on the links below to learn more.
It Takes a Team... the Transition Team Forms
On day 55 of her first 100 days, Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras announced the members of her transition team, an impressive list of local, state and national advisors to analyze school and district performance and make recommendations for improvement. The transition team included more than 80 individuals with a wide range of perspectives as well as deep knowledge of K-12 education, GCS, the local community and the state.
Contreras announced the members of her transition team after hearing from thousands of parents, students and community members during Listening and Learning Sessions, community events and meetings, and school visits.
The Transition Team worked in subcommittees using online tools, focusing on four key areas:
- Student Achievement
- School Choice, Equity and Excellence
- Talent Development
- Organizational Effectiveness for Optimal Learning