Life Long Learning

Friday, October 17th is Central Ohio In-Service Day for teachers – often referred to as COI day in the school ranks. This is a specific day, set aside by many central Ohio school districts for our teachers to be the students. We ask so much of these dedicated professionals. The investment of time . . . time with specific learning objectives in mind . . . is essential for our professional staff. Read More

Ignite – A Night of Parent and Community Engagement

For this year’s State of the Schools event, we are trying something different. Instead of parents and community members simply coming together on one night to listen to me speak, we are expanding the opportunities and offering three nights of engagement to “Ignite” your interest and passion for the future of Hilliard City Schools. Read More

#HilliardProud

A supportive community . . . talented students . . . devoted parents . . . dedicated staff members . . . brilliant teachers . . . exceptional leaders . . . all working together to personalize education and strive to ensure every student is Ready for Tomorrow. We have so much to be proud of in the Hilliard City School District. We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to shape the future . . . to write our own story . . . each and every day. On Thursday, September 25th we will welcome visitors from Belgium, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the Hilliard City School District. Read More

Testing Students with a Purpose

Unit tests, spelling tests, achievement tests, final exams, state tests . . . we all have experiences and memories studying for, cramming to prepare for and taking tests. We’ve made flashcards, held study groups, drilled, practices and memorized as part of our education experience.

We’ve studied and prepared to earn higher grades, we’ve studied to earn praise and we’ve worked to avoid negative consequences. Some among us are intrinsically motivated; we simply want to work hard for the sake of learning. For others external consequences – the rewards or punishments – provide the motivation to do well. Tests have a place in schools . . . it just must be the right place. Read More

Infrequently Answered Questions

Once again, as part of the Get Connected blog, I will periodically share information and perspective on topics that seem to be prevalent in our community. My goal . . . not to give the “safe answer” but to give my direct answer to the question. I know not everyone will always agree, but I would rather simply be honest. Conversation and civil interaction are important in a diverse community such as Hilliard. Feel free to share your comments, questions and concerns with me at superintendent@hboe.org, participate in one of our Twitter Connections, or stop by a Coffee Connection.

I’m fearful our students are “over tested.” How does the district decide what tests should be taken by our students? Read More

Embracing Diversity with Civility and Communications

The Hilliard City School District is a diverse learning community – we embrace our diversity and strive to create an accepting and welcoming culture. Our diversity includes cultural and racial diversity with students from more than 40 countries speaking more than 40 languages. Our diversity includes dozens of religious background and faith-based organizations. Our diversity crosses political and ideological boarders; we bring divergent thoughts together with a single mission – to ensure every student is Ready for Tomorrow. Read More