Sherwood School District is “A GREAT PLACE FOR ALL KIDS”.
This is the District tagline as well as the District expectation. One way to assure that this happens is by continuously keeping teacher training on the forefront. Through a grant from ODE and in conjunction with Chalkboard, we are partners with George Fox and Pacific Universities; Chemeketa and Tillamook Community colleges and Newberg, Tillamook, and Woodburn school districts in TeachOregon, an initiative for preparing the next generation of teachers. Our consortium, called PAC (Prepare, Achieve, Collaborate), has as its vision a commitment to recruiting, preparing, and mentoring teachers as they gain the skills necessary to successfully teach and support students in Oregon’s increasingly diverse classrooms.
Our focus is on improving our student teacher training in order to make a more positive impact on the learning environment. We currently use a cooperative teacher model where both the student teacher and the mentor teacher work side by side in the classroom to create engaging lessons that lead to increased student success. Better Preparation for our student teachers, stronger Cooperation between the mentor and student teachers leading to Achievement gains for both the teachers and students.
The Sherwood 2020 Vision was launched in October, 2007. More than 500 students, parents, citizens, business leaders, and staff participated in a variety of school and community forums. More than 200 citizens also participated in an on-line survey. Although many different insights and perspectives were shared, several common themes emerged. These common areas of interest and shared ideas for the future provide the framework for our Sherwood School District Vision.
Our best hopes and aspirations for Sherwood students are highlighted in this comprehensive report. We believe the 2020 Vision provides a blueprint for action, and it serves to prioritize resource decisions to best support important opportunities for students.