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O4E to highlight community partnerships in education report - September 24 2014

OSHKOSH, WI - In its annual report to the community next week, Oshkosh4Education will shine the light on ways in which a deeper level of community engagement has made a difference for students in public schools.

The event is an opportunity for the O4E Education Commission and the Oshkosh Area School District to share how the community's vision is being carried out through the district's strategic plan, including progress made, challenges faced and future plans.

Education Commission Chair Beth Wyman says people will be amazed by how much progress has been made since O4E began and the OASD strategic plan was adopted in 2013.

"Our report will show how much can be accomplished when we're all trying to achieve the same goal," Wyman said. "We have a unique opportunity to not only look at the metrics, but to have an impact through our continued effort to maximize economic development through education and educational opportunities."

The O4E 2014 Annual Report to the Community will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at The Waters, 1393 Washington Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register online or by calling 920-426-3993. This is the second such event to be held since 2013 when the communitywide visioning took place, and first since the O4E Education Commission was formed to serve as a watchdog to monitor progress on the OASD strategic plan.

"The OASD Strategic Plan and the support of O4E Education Commission has kept the district focused on our mission of building community through education," said Supt. Stan Mack.

"None of our accomplishments would have been possible without the numerous partnerships with businesses and community based organizations. In addition, our families and our committed staff make amazing things happen for students every day."

During the event, Wyman will outline the "district of choice" initiative which aims to communicate and build on several areas of distinction, including:
  • community engagement and involvement,
  • responsive, relevant, forward-focused and outcomes-driven education,
  • and impact on quality of life for the city, region, students and families.

  • Wyman says the Education Commission, a 27-member volunteer panel of business, community and OASD representatives, will leverage the commitment and talent of the community to achieve the district's goals and communicate these areas of distinction.

    "While the strategic plan has been our driving force and always will be there, we are able to go more in-depth and use the expertise of the members to move the mission forward," Wyman said.

    The O4E Annual Report and the OASD report card will be available for review at the event. The documents may be reviewed after the event at www.Oshkosh4Education.org or requested from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation by calling 920-426-3993.


    About Oshkosh4Education
    Oshkosh4Education is a continuation of the 2009 Visioning and Branding, directed by a committee that includes representatives of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, Chamber of Commerce, City of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College, the Oshkosh Northwestern, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh and Propel.

    It is the largest community engagement project in support of the public education undertaken in Oshkosh.

    Oshkosh4Education is supported by the Oshkosh Community Education Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.


     

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