Update on ACTION Zones from Superintendent Munn

APS:

I would like to share additional information with you about our Aurora Community-based Transformation, Innovation and Opportunity Network (ACTION) Zone strategy that is part of our new strategic plan APS 2020: Shaping the Future.

As I shared at the recent P-20 Learning Community all-staff meetings, ACTION Zones provide a systemic way to create time and space to think about our work differently.  This means school staff can be innovative and redesign schools in collaboration with the community to remove barriers and dramatically improve learning opportunities so our students are able to shape successful futures.

Many districts across the country have implemented similar structures as a way to be innovative and redesign their schools. These districts work in collaboration with the community to significantly and quickly improve student achievement.

APS will develop one ACTION Zone this year and as many as three ACTION Zones in the coming years. Each ACTION Zone will be comprised of up to five schools that share a thematic link and other key characteristics.  Each school in an ACTION Zone that participates will develop its own school-specific plan.  

Reaching innovation status requires collaboration among staff, students, parents, our community, the APS Board of Education and the State Board of Education. Under Colorado law, the teachers and school staff must consent to the innovation application.  

We would likely submit innovation school applications to the APS and State boards of education in the early months of 2016.  If approved, the innovation school redesigns would start in the 2016-17 school year.

To learn more about this strategy, please review our ACTION Zone FAQ. You can find it along with more information about the concept at http://aps2020.aurorak12.org/action-zone. I will continue to share details about ACTION Zones throughout the year.

Thank you for your support.

-Rico Munn