Mid-sized urban districts will convene here Feb. 11

Superintendent Stan Jefferson and Executive Assistant Cathy Troyer review the district’s preparations for hosting the Ohio Mid-Sized Urban District Leadership Collaborative on Feb. 11.

      Superintendents, administrators and teachers from six other public school districts will visit Mansfield City Schools buildings next week during a daylong discussion of ideas and practices to best serve all students.

      Mansfield will host the Ohio Mid-Sized Urban Districts Leadership Collaborative at the Mid-Ohio Education Service Center, 890 W. Fourth St. Districts scheduled to participate in the 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. program include Alliance, Lima, Maple Heights, Richmond Heights, Sandusky and Warrensville Heights.

      Several Mansfield community leaders will participate in a noon panel discussion.

      “These districts are very much like us,” Superintendent Stan Jefferson said. “We face the same challenges as we serve very similar student populations. Our meeting on Tuesday will focus on what works and what doesn’t. What are we doing well? What can we do better? Our core mission is to advance continuous improvement.”

      At 8:30 a.m. Stephen Rizzo, chief academic officer, will provide an overview of Mansfield City Schools. At 9 a.m. teams of visitors, led by MCS representatives, will visit each school to assess classroom practices.

      The teams will return to Mid-Ohio to begin compiling their reports during an 11:30 a.m. working lunch.

      At noon a panel, moderated by Jay Allred, president of Richland Source, will discuss how school districts can work with community partners to provide maximum opportunities for all students.

      Joining Jefferson on the panel will be:

      -- Dr. Eugene Sanders, Superintendent, Sandusky City Schools

      -- Mayor Tim Theaker

      -- Dr. Norman Jones, Dean and Director, Mansfield Campus, Ohio State University

      -- Dr. Dorey Diab, President and CEO, North Central State College

Deanna West-Torrence, founder and director, North End Community Improvement Cooperative

      -- Brady Groves, President, Richland County Foundation

      -- Sherry Branham, Associate Director, Richland County Mental Health

      At 1 p.m. the teams will report about their school visits.

      Remarks by Jefferson and Dr. Sanders will close the program.

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