WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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42 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 it's no secret that the town of Wellesley is full of CEOs, experts, insiders, and a broad range of interesting, highly educated people who have distinguished themselves in one way or another. Likewise, it's well-known (and probably no accident) that the Wellesley Public Schools have a reputation for producing top-tier students who, like their parents before them, frequently go on to enjoy successful lives and careers. But the two circles don't frequently intersect, and when they do, it's rarely to discuss the finer details of curriculum and programming. Parents come to their kids' schools for performances, sporting events, conferences, PTO meetings, the occasional volunteer job — and then leave. To Wellesley schools superintendent David Lussier, it seemed like a bit of a missed opportunity. Lussier, hired in May 2012 after serving as executive director for educator quality with the Austin, Texas Independent School District, spent his first year in Wellesley soliciting community feedback while developing a long-term strategic plan for the Wellesley Public Schools. As he zeroed in on which areas of the curriculum warranted special focus, it dawned on him that many people with expertise in those areas lived right in town. Lussier held that thought for another year as he and the WPS administration partnered with the nonprofit Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) to create, shape, and ultimately publicize its 2013-19 Strategic Plan. Then in August 2014, Lussier sat down with WEF leadership and asked: Can you help me locate those experts, and invite them to come work with us? It took only a few months for Lussier and a team from the WEF board of directors to create four Superintendent's Advisory Committees. By November, they had gath- ered a group of qualified and enthusias- tic experts who, in most cases, also are Wellesley residents and parents of children in the public schools. Nearly 70 accom- plished thought leaders applied for a limited number of positions on the committees, which cover four critical areas: n STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programming n K-12 WORLD LANGUAGES n THE LONG-TERM WPS TECHNOLOGY PLAN n A 'DISTRICT SCORECARD' to measure the progress against the WPS Strategic Plan New Superintendent's Advisory Committees Will Advise and Support the Wellesley Public Schools [ forum ] S H A R O N G R AY writer SHARON GRAY is a former journalist and a member of the WEF Advancement Committee, which aided in the creation of the Superintendent's Advisory Committees.

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