We were able to not only listen to what’s on your mind, but we were also able to share with you some of the initiatives that Worthington schools have been working on, as well as some of the challenges we face.
We know the interest is there from a great number of residents to attend these meetings, but we also know that some community members are not always able to attend these events in person because of work and busy schedules.
To address that, Worthington schools are using technology and are now coming to you via your computer or smart phone. Last spring, we started hosting online lunches with the superintendent. Not only are we able to share important information with you about our schools, participants can also ask questions and get them answered on the spot. In fact, we encouraged participants to use social media by either posting questions of the Worthington Schools Facebook page or by tweeting #askdrtucker to our Twitter feed to ensure we had a chance to answer as many questions possible.
During the online lunches, we covered topics such as the new state report card, the new learning standards, as well as featuring students that participate in many of our innovative programs. High School students were able to share their first hand experiences in our Project Lead the Way engineering program and our elementary kids shared how the Leader in Me helped them reach their fullest potential.
We also had great questions from a variety of people and the online format provides flexibility in people’s schedule that isn’t always possible through traditional meetings. In fact, we had a mother participate in her kitchen while feeding her toddler and several parents and community members logged-in from work during their lunch break.
When it comes to communications, our goal is to offer as many venues as possible for each citizen to have his or her questions answered in a transparent and honest way. We are in the process of developing the next online lunch and are excited to share even more great news with you. We hope you can join us and if you have any questions or ideas, don’t forget to #askdrtucker.