Lakota Gears Up for Virtual State of the Schools

Lakota Gears Up for Virtual State of the Schools Dec. 8
Posted on 11/30/2020
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state of the schools dec. 8 graphicLakota’s annual “State of the Schools” event returns next Tuesday, Dec. 8, giving parents, students, staff and community members a 45-minute overview of the district’s top priorities, as they related to current and future work. Although virtual, the event maintains its purpose to keep the community informed about the current and future outlook of our schools. 

As always, Superintendent Matthew Miller will share the “stage” with several Lakota students and staff. This year, however, the group will share their perspectives in a panel format led by Miller, giving each panelist the opportunity to speak about their personal experiences. 

“As always, our students and staff tell Lakota’s story best, so I’m excited to put them in the spotlight,” Miller said. “Learning definitely looks a little different these days and our goal is to give our community an authentic understanding of what our students and staff are experiencing on a daily basis.”

Normally held in the spring, the event will serve as an update for both last school year and the current one. Lakota’s third annual event was unexpectedly canceled last spring due to COVID-19 limitations on large gatherings and as the district shifted to remote learning.

Topics of discussion will focus on in-person and virtual learning, diversity and inclusion, and social and emotional supports. The panel will also entertain the top-rated questions submitted by our community via the latest Thought Exchange. Panelists include: 

Katie Bauer - VLO & In-Person Teacher, Ridge Junior School
Elgin Card - Director of Lakota’s Outreach, Diversity & Inclusion (LODI)
Theodore Engel - Lakota East VLO student
Desstiny Jackson - Lakota West student
Keith Koehne - Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction

Jama Singh - VLO Teacher, Cherokee Elementary School
Audrey Young - Counselor, Freedom Elementary School

The event will take place via
Zoom from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Participants will also have the opportunity to view “WE Can: Persevering through a Pandemic”, a brief video featuring the perseverance with which students and staff have tackled an unusual school year so far.