MASA Feature The rebranding, the mission, vision, and Blueprint all stem from the call-to-action of Advocate, Innovate and Educate: • Advocate—make the needs of our families and students our own; • Innovate—constantly strive to improve all we do; • Educate—at the core of what we do and our primary objective. As this dynamic shift begins to set the course of Michigan’s 22nd largest district, Cain feels it is premature to present conclusions or lessons on these efforts, citing the importance of patience— despite having accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. “We have a long way to go, but what I can confidently say at this point is that establishing the process was important,” Cain said. “We couldn’t short-cut the steps, and communication was important.” Cain recognized that he couldn’t take for granted that everyone will agree or go along with so many proposed changes, so he was careful to back up his strategies with research, along with a variety of sources. “When you’re moving fast, you have to possess awareness and discipline to guard against false starts. That really starts to erode people’s confidence,” Cain said. “So it’s challenging; you don’t have a margin for mistakes, but you must take time to explain yourself and see a concept through to completion. It can’t just be a good idea. Everyone has to decide, including the board in their governance, that the goal will improve our district and its student achievement data.” While you’re unlocking their potential, we’re saving you money. Exclusive discounts and benefits for all educational employees. For 65 years, Meemic Insurance Company has been dedicated to protecting and serving the educational community. Established by educators for educators, we offer insurance coverage specifically for educators, administrators and support staff. We go above and beyond other insurance companies to offer highly competitive rates, as well as valuable discounts and benefits created exclusively for you. Call us today to get a free quote for: • Auto Insurance • Home Insurance • Boat Insurance Find your local agent at Meemic.com/Agent or go online for a free quote: Meemic.com/Quote www.gomasa.org 27 • Renters Insurance • Umbrella Insurance Meemic is dedicated to giving back through The Meemic Foundation. Visit MeemicFoundation.org for current grant opportunities. * Insurance underwritten by Meemic Insurance Company. Applicants are individually underwritten and some individuals may not qualify. The district launched a social media tag, “#1PHASD” to represent unity, and that mission continues. “We have an aligned and consistent mission, vision, and goals set that drive our district’s students, staff, and leadership. We couldn’t move forward until we knew where it was that we wanted to be and the important and challenging changes necessary for success.” The Blueprint is available at www.phasd.us. Follow @PHSchools on Twitter or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ PortHuronSchools. Keely Baribeau is the Director of Community Relations for Port Huron Schools. Contact her at email@example.com, on Facebook, or @KeelyPHASD on Twitter.
MASA Leader - Spring 2015
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