Dr. Gary Kiltz
Dr. Kiltz comes to Greendale from the School District of Menomonee Falls, where he has worked as Director of Curriculum and Learning since 2012. He also served as a principal for more than 12 years, locally at both Menomonee Falls High School and South Milwaukee High School, as well as in Arizona. Dr. Kiltz began his career as a social studies teacher before working with at risk students as a lead teacher and director of alternative schools in Menomonee Falls, West Bend, and Mesa, Arizona.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was conferred by Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He also holds certification in curriculum and instruction from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Kiltz teaches graduate level courses at Concordia University in Mequon, WI and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. As a university instructor, he serves on dissertation committees, providing insight and advice to students doing major research to benefit students and education.
Kiltz grew up in Hales Corners and attended Whitnall Schools. Read the full article on Dr. Kiltz in the Spring 2016 issue of the School Connection.
Community Feedback Valuable to Priority Teams
On Wednesday, March 8, the strategic planning priority teams met to review the community feedback gathered through the survey process. Two hundred and five community members responded to the survey and provided suggestions for the priority teams. Overall, respondents indicated strong support for the definitions, goals, and strategies outlined by the teams (over 90% support for each of the priorities).
The priority teams found key themes with the feedback. They then used these themes to make substantive changes with the draft charters. For example, the Career Pathways team revised the definition to broaden out the idea of career pathways and focus on the importance of a strong core. The Personal Pathways team also made revisions to the definition and strategies based upon the feedback with project based learning as the model to personalize learning experiences for our students.
The Board will consider the draft proposals at the March 20 meeting. Action will be taken at the April 3 Board meeting. Once the strategic plan priorities are approved, work teams will begin to develop a project map for implementation, professional development, communication, and evaluation. A district-wide community advisory team will meet quarterly beginning in the 2017-2018 school year to review progress of the three priorities and make recommendations on future planning.
I thank the community for the tremendous involvement, support, and feedback. We are inspiring minds!