May 20, 2011

DC Public Schools Launches Hopes and Dreams Campaign 

Students, families, staff and community members called on to pen a shared vision for the next phase of reform

Contact: Safiya J. Simmons | 202.724.6689

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WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson kicked-off the Hopes and Dreams Campaign, an initiative to foster open dialogue on the City’s hopes and dreams for its children and their schools.

DCPS stakeholders across the District are asked to participate in facilitated discussions about what’s possible for the school system, or to record their hopes on the Hopes and Dreams questionnaire, available online and at neighborhood schools. The results will be used to draft a shared DCPS vision statement to guide the next phase of work for the district.

“While we have accomplished a lot in DCPS, and we have a lot to be proud of, we still have a long way to go,” said Henderson. “We have learned that we simply can’t do it alone. So, we’re excited to answer the Mayor’s call for ‘One City’ by beginning a conversation we rarely have, but where we have so much in common.”

There are three ways DC residents can share their Hopes and Dreams:

  • Host a meeting or add visioning to your already scheduled meeting agenda: Add a 30-minute visioning session to your parent, school or community meeting. Download a free facilitation guide and high-resolution fliers from the DCPS website to get started in your community.
  • Share your Hopes and Dreams online via the DCPS website: Watch a short video message from Chancellor Henderson about the campaign at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tbRPFnTVk0 and fill out an online survey on the Hopes and Dreams webpage.
  • Fill out a response card at any school or DCPS event and drop it in the mail or at any school. Translations will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Amharic and Chinese.

Mayor Vincent Gray applauded DCPS’ newest campaign as a commitment to finding innovative new ways to move the City’s schools forward together.

“It has always been important to me that our students, parents and community work with our public school employees to guarantee that we are all a part of the solutions for our schools,” said Mayor Gray. “The Hopes and Dreams initiative ensures that we continue collaboratively to reform our schools and guarantees that all stakeholders in our education system have a seat at the table.”

The Hopes and Dreams campaign will run until July 1. For more information, visit the DCPS website or the campaign homepage at http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/hopes.

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