City Schools is working to realize its vision that every student will graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Students are at the center of everything we do, and that’s why the entire district needs to be organized to focus on our core work of teaching and learning.
On July 1, 2015, the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, City Schools moved to a new organizational structure for the district office, reflecting our commitment to having schools and students at the center of our work and designed to ensure that offices are positioned to provide effective support for teaching and learning.
The Academics Office is dedicated to preparing students for college and career success, with an emphasis on building instructional leadership at the school level so that the needs of individual students are met. These efforts are supported by staff deployed across a network of 10 geographic community networks, along with a Teaching and Learning department that provides resources in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); media and instructional technology; literacy, language, and culture; differentiated learning; and school transformation. Additional departments in the Academics Office focus on college and career readiness, specialized services for populations including disengaged youth and learners with special needs, and strategy and compliance.
Of course, that core academic work cannot be done without creating conditions for learning, and that’s why the district has created the School Supports Office, which includes climate and safety, student engagement, and meeting the social and emotional needs of students.
The other district offices wrap around the Academics and School Supports offices, with departmental structures, priorities, and work aligned to best support students and schools. Of particular note is the new organizational development team in the Human Capital Office, which is responsible for employee onboarding and implementing professional development, with a focus on retaining highly effective staff.
The district office reorganization also consolidates some functions to maximize efficiency, particularly in the wake of a reduction in force made necessary to address a projected shortfall in the 2015-16 operating budget. For example, call centers previously distributed across offices have now been consolidated into “One Call,” a single point of entry for inbound calls housed in the Information Technology Office.
Through these changes, the district is creating both a more efficient, productive organization and one that is strategically aligned to City Schools’ vision.