Continual Improvement: District
As a District, we take great pride in providing meaningful collaboration throughout all levels of the system that directly impacts student achievement. Department leaders develop Strategic Improvement Plans with leadership teams. The goals included in these plans align with our District’s long-range goals, support state and federal regulations, and meet student requirements. These plans are reviewed every 90 days to continually assess the data and ensure students are on the path of purposeful learning, achievement and success. Please review the UCSD 2017-18 Strategic Plan.
District Improvement Stories
Receiving the Silver Leadership Level award, the only Iowa school district to be recognized at this level, during the Governor’s Recognition of Performance Excellence Celebration and Conference in March 2016, marks the third consecutive year the Urbandale Community School District has been recognized for achieving greater and greater levels of performance excellence. Although the awards […]
Building A Better U (short version)
Urbandale Schools: 5-Year Quality & Continual Improvement Journey
2015 Cabin Fever Day: Professional Development Urbandale Schools
With over 70 sessions to choose from, teachers and administrators embarked on a highly anticipated day of learning at the district’s fourth-annual, mid-year professional development day referred to as “Cabin Fever Day.” Session topics ranged from creating and simulating student centered classrooms, to implementing new technology tools in order to advance classroom concepts and student […]
2014 Cabin Fever Day: Professional Development Urbandale Schools
At the core of transforming education is a commitment to supporting teacher leadership and growth, thus the district held its third-annual mid-year professional development day, referred to as Cabin Fever Day. The day’s program included nearly 60 workshops facilitated by staff members, business leaders and education visionaries from across the state.
Elyse Brimeyer, Principal, Olmsted Elementary
Tim Carver, Associate Principal, Urbandale High School
Loren DeKruyf, Principal, Urbandale Middle School
Julia Taylor, Principal, Rolling Green Elementary
Lara Justmann, Principal, Karen Acres Elementary
“The focus on quality and continual improvement begins with our ability to learn in an environment that is conducive to learning. Although much of that is related to our attitude and our environment at home, much of it is also what we experience in our K-12 education system.
Urbandale has taken a proactive approach for transforming education in order to better align with the future needs of students. I’ve seen the leadership team collaborate with a true sense of purpose and integrate meaningful practices that are in the best interests of all students. Urbandale reaches out to other communities to learn and share resources regarding continual improvement in education; that is what role model organizations do. Their commitment to improvement is made through the vision of a better system and the passion of the leaders to learn from others and try out new ideas.
One of the many reasons I like working with the Urbandale team is that there is not a feeling of failure in the challenge to make a difference; in fact, quite the contrary is true as the Urbandale team believes wholeheartedly they are on a path for cultivating true joy in education.”
Iowa Quality Center