Superintendent Dr. Swift completes over 80 Listen and Learn community forums

Dr. Swift heard from over 2,000 individuals this fall


Huron High School's Listen and Learn forum on Oct. 29, 2013.
Huron High School’s Listen and Learn forum on Oct. 29, 2013.

Dec. 20, 2013

By Tara Cavanaugh 

This week AAPS’ new superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift completed the last stop on her Listen and Learn tour.

The tour comprised over 80 community forums at every AAPS building with meetings for both parents and staff. Dr. Swift also met with members of the local business community and organizations as well as groups of AAPS high school students.

More than 2,000 people shared their priorities, dreams, areas of concern and points of pride about the district with Dr. Swift during the course of the Listen and Learn tour.

“Parents in this community are truly engaged with their schools,” Dr. Swift said, “and each school has a unique story. I am thrilled and grateful that so many came out to share their feedback.”

Dr. Swift takes feedback from Balas employees on Dec. 16, 2013.
Dr. Swift takes feedback from Balas employees on Dec. 16, 2013.

Data gathered from the tour is being analyzed by a team at the University of Michigan School of Education. The data includes discussion notes that groups created during the forum and individual feedback forms. The team will conduct a qualitative analysis to look for trends.

Dr. Swift will share the results of the tour at these community forums:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Clague
  • Thursday, Jan. 30 at Forsythe
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Scarlett
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Slauson
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 at Tappan
  • All forums will take place from 6:30-8 p.m.

The data will also be shared via SchoolMessenger to every parent in the district.

“I’m so excited to share the results with the community,” Dr. Swift said. “We are all taking part in an important conversation about the direction of the district.”

A parent shares her group's discussion at Pioneer's Listen and Learn forum on Nov. 7, 2013.
A parent shares her group’s discussion at Pioneer’s Listen and Learn forum on Nov. 7, 2013.

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