The Westside Community Schools will hold a public conversation about the district's future Wednesday at Westside High School.
The conversation is part of an ongoing process in the district to create a “shared vision” for the school system.
Author and blogger Will Richardson, who has been working on the concept of personalized learning networks, will speak from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Richardson had been blogging about the intersection of education and the learning networks people form online at Weblogg-ed.com for a decade. He now blogs here.
Jim Rickabaugh, a consultant who has met with 19 focus groups in the district, will discuss the themes that emerged from those sessions and his final report from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rickabaugh, a former superintendent of the Whitefish Bay school district in Wisconsin, currently directs two Wisconsin initiatives focused on school change.
After the meeting, the Westside district will look at the recommendations from the focus groups and current education research and begin developing recommendations for what the district should do to provide better educational opportunities for students, said Peggy Rupprecht, a district spokeswoman. Details on that part of the process are yet to be determined.