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S4 Summit National Presentation

Presented at National School Public Relations Association, SanDiego, CA by Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay and Director of Communications Carla Erdey

Carla Erdey

on 24 October 2017

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Transcript of S4 Summit National Presentation

Engaging Stakeholders to Impact Learning
Through Summit Series

2011: S4 Summit 2
2008: Shared Vision
2008: Debut Touchstone
2009: S4 Summit
2012: S4 Summit 3
New Superintendent

Character that embodies accountability, responsibility, integrity, ethical citizenship, respectful relationships and positive leadership
Ethical, effective communication and “real world” skills necessary for success as an active participant in a rapidly changing, technologically global community
Critical thinking, effective problem solving and organizational skills
Their fullest potential by setting future-focused goals that result in adaptability for an ever-changing career climate
Growth through learning experiences that balance and blend rigor, relevance and relationships

Took show on the road
Service organizations
Chambers of Commerce
Ministerial Alliances
6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Welcome and Overview 7:00 p.m. Break-out Session Led by
8:30 p.m. Conclusion Video

Honor the past
Embrace the present
Create the future
Immediately put to use through administration and committee discussions and curriculum reviews.

Need for community and business partnerships became increasingly evident.
The Civil War was between the Untied State's northern states and the Southern slave states.
Learn how a school district engaged thousands of stakeholders to develop a common purpose and then leverage that support to prepare students for their future.

See how we used a series of summits to
build partnerships
shape classroom education
develop a speaker’s bureau
create job shadowing and internships
and connect community resources
Dr. James M. Gay, Superintendent
Carla Erdey, Director of Communications
Consolidated High School District 230
Chicago's south suburbs
Three high performing high schools
9,000 students
Began in-house (Spring 2008)
Staff Committees
Association Leadership
Institute Day Group
Online Staff Input

Studied data and research
“Reinventing the American High School for the 21st Century”
Graduate Survey Data

Develop Successful Schools - Successful Students Touchstone
Expanded Out (Spring/Summer 2008)
Existing School Board Committees
Parent Advisory Groups
Key Communicators
Connect 230 Constant Contact Emails

Resulted in feedback from
750+ staff members
4,000+ community members
For all students in CHSD 230, we provide programs and services
so that each student demonstrates:
Spread the word
Press releases
Connect 230 emails
Newsletter articles
Commitees & Advisories
Chamber eBlasts
Personal invitations from staff
S4 webpage
Dedicated page
Background information
Response card
Summit Focused on Target Areas
Career Clusters as defined by national organization
Middle to High School Transition
High School to Post-Secondary Life Transition
High School Structure
Tried to assure participation in all groups
Result: 250 participants in almost all categories

Logo Design Contest
Real-world Experience
Design Brief
Branding for S4 Initiatives

5:30 p.m.
Light Dinner
Dessert by Culinary Arts Catering Classes
Time to get to know each other in informal setting

6:15 p.m.
Superintendent’s Remarks
Overview Successful Schools – Successful Students
Made sure everyone was “on the same page”

6:45 p.m.
Move to Break-out Groups

8:00 p.m.
Group Summaries
Designated speaker from each group reports out

8:50 p.m.
Superintendent wraps up
Program Overview
Skill Development
Career Exploration
Partners in Education

Summit Focused on Target Areas


Utilized existing database from previous Summit
Division Chairs charged with personally inviting participants
Teachers and students attend
Program Overview

Engaged 650 internal & external stakeholders
Built ongoing relationships
Speakers bureau, job shadowing, internships
Summit Focus
Social Emotional Learning
Partnerships to support students
Targeted audience: professionals and agencies
6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
Presentation by Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent
•To provide a summary of the S4 initiative, history, and purpose
•To provide an overview of current social and emotional supports in place for students
•To review D230’s current focus on the well-being and social emotional needs of our students

7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Small Group Activities
•To identify additional current challenges facing our youth
•To discuss strengths of D230’s current model
•To provide suggestions and ideas for strengthening our current model

8:20 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Closing Activity

Program Overview
Relationships between staff and professionals/agencies
Support for ongoing committee work
Lessons Learned Along the Way
Involvement = Buy In and Support
Community leaders WANT to be involved. Ask them!
Consistent messaging is key!
Dr. James M. Gay, Superintendent

Carla Erdey, Director of Communications

Validated S4 Touchstone direction
Developed database of interested partners
Built relationships
Earned Golden Achievement Award from Illinois Chapter
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