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Westonka Teachers Hear from Rigor and Relevance Expert on Workshop Day

Bill Daggett at GMS

Dr. Bill Daggett speaks to educators at Grandview Middle School on Nov. 4.
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November 7, 2019 — On the Nov. 4 Workshop Day, teachers and administrators at Grandview Middle School and Mound Westonka High School spent time learning from Dr. Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. The inservice training was partially funded by the Westonka District #277 Foundation to support the district’s goal of effectively preparing all students for their future after high school.

Daggett is the creator of the Rigor and Relevance Framework, which was first introduced in Westonka Schools in 2018 and is being implemented at the middle and high school. The framework serves to engage students in their learning and equip them with the tools and educational background to be successful and competitive in their future education and career opportunities. 

"Dr. Daggett's visit to Westonka gave our staff affirmation for the direction we are taking with instructional practices and provided staff an understanding of the changing needs around student learning," said Westonka Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Mark Femrite. 

"We were fortunate to have Dr. Daggett work with our middle school and high school teachers, and a big thanks to the Westonka District #277 Foundation for making this possible," Femrite added.

Westonka’s very successful secondary schools focus on delivering academic excellence every day. Grandview and MWHS educators are committed to preparing students with the skills and foundation to flourish and lead in a changing and competitive job market.

As a district, Westonka is constantly asking:

  • What challenges will MWHS graduates face after high school?
  • What are the changing needs in today’s workforce?
  • What skills do MWHS graduates need to be well-prepared and competitive in the future job market?
  • How should our student learning and instructional practices at Grandview and MWHS evolve to meet the needs of our students in the future?
  • What skills and educational experiences do an MWHS graduate need in order to be successful after high school?

For more information on the International Center for Leadership in Education and Dr. Daggett’s work, please visit the ICLE website.


Becca Neuger
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