Come add your voice to the conversation: Community Forum, Wednesday, October 16

Creswell Community Forum

We need your ideas to better support our students!

Come and share your thinking and input on investing in our schools.

On October 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., superintendent Michael Johnson will be hosting a community input session at the Creswell School District Board Room located at Creslane Elementary School (map it). You are invited to join in. The session is intended to hear about your needs, hopes, requests, and offers.

The priority areas are:

  1. Reducing Academic Disparities
  2. Meeting Students’ Mental and Behavioral Needs
  3. Providing Access to Academic Courses
  4. Allowing teachers and staff to have sufficient time to collaborate, review data and develop strategies to support students to stay on track to graduate
  5. Establishing and Strengthening Partnerships

The three questions being asked for each priority area are:

  1. What is working well for students, schools and educators?
  2. What are challenges for students, schools and educators?
  3. What suggestions do you have for improvement?

Improving education in Creswell will take all of us. Come add your voice to the conversation and help us develop a plan for our schools and district for the next three to five years!

Our students. Our success.


Michael Johnson
Superintendent Creswell School District

Strategic Visioning and Planning Update from Superintendent Michael Johnson

Dear Creswell Community,

Last Wednesday October 2nd we held our first of four meetings for the strategic visioning and planning process for our district. We began our journey of “WHY” with the representation of each stakeholder in our district-students, parents, teachers, community members, and administrators. Through small-group collaboration, we focused on three important aspects of our roadmap and where we are as a community and as a school district.

Our first team looked at the history of Creswell in terms of our key events, people, products and services, and goals. We discussed our success in athletics as well as in our systems-Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Intergenerational Reading Collaboration (IRC), Career Technical Education (CTE) etc. We spoke about how it is important to know where we are coming from in order to determine where we are going.

The second team focused on our current context. The context team’s goal was to examine current social, economic, political, and technological trends. We discussed increased access and use of technology in our schools as well as the idea of developing skills as opposed to memorizing content. We spoke about the lack of affordable housing in Lane County and the increase in state funding schools will review over the next biennium. We examined each type of “customer” in our community by looking at the needs of different types of members of our community. Again, much of this group’s time was spent thinking about where we are and where we are going as a community.

The third and fourth teams examined our schools’ Strengths, Problems, Opportunities, and Threats (SPOT). A recurring theme for both teams was how supportive the Creswell community is of its schools. Our strengths centered around our relationships and an abundance of extracurricular programs for our students. Many of our problems were viewed as opportunities such as underfunded mental health services leading to the possibility of a collaboration with mental health providers in the future.

Having observed our current context, SPOT, and our history, we begin to look toward the future. Our next meeting will focus on our vision for the future and the steps we will need to take to make the vision a reality.

As we continue our work towards building the future for Creswell School District, we encourage your involvement. We will be holding a community forum on 10/16/2019 beginning at 5:30PM, in the Creswell School District Board Room where all community members are encouraged to attend and contribute to our vision for the future of the Creswell School District.


Michael Johnson, Superintendent

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Stay-Up-To-Speed with this Overview of Creswell School District’s Strategic Planning

Creswell School District Strategic Planning Overview

The Creswell School District is conducting a strategic visioning and planning process to develop a roadmap for Creswell School District 40 for the next 3–5 years. The Creswell Strategic Planning process is designed to be a collaborative community process involving all stakeholder groups to develop a cohesive vision and plan for the success of all Creswell students.

Community Input

The first step of the Strategic Planning process was inviting parents, students, staff and community members to participate on a Design Team to weigh in on the strengths, needs, values and priorities for the future of our community’s public schools. Additional opportunities for public engagement and input are built in throughout the planning process.

Design Team

The Strategic Planning Design Team will develop a vision and plan framework for the school district. The team is composed of 36 community stakeholders—parents, students, teachers, education administrators, business leaders, and other community members from across the district and with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The team will be provided with the community input received through the survey and community meetings to inform their work and the process.

District Staff Input Survey

The district staff survey began on 9/30/2019, and will conclude on 10/11/2019. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will review the results from the survey and prepare a summary for the Strategic Planning Design Team. The Steering Committee will also develop questions for the community survey to specifically address needs identified in the staff survey.

Community Input Survey

The community will be invited to provide input through a survey available online, from 10/21/2019-10/31/2019.

Community Input Forums

At the same time as the surveys and Design Team meetings are being conducted, three community input forums will be held for community members to learn about the process, review the work of the Strategic Planning Design Team and the Steering Committee, ask questions, dialogue with their neighbors and provide input to the plan design in person. The Community Forums will be held in the Board Room located at Creslane Elementary School on October 16, November 20, and December 11, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 P.M.

Public Board Meetings 

Updates on the visioning and strategic plan development process will be provided at public school board meetings throughout the process.

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