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.
Greendale Schools Strategic Vision 2020 brochure is available online here. Pick up a paper copy at the Community Learning Center, the Historic Greendale Welcome Center, or the schools' District Office.
Vision 2020 - Strategic Priorities to Make Greendale’s Exceptional Schools Even Better!
Greendale Schools’ vision is “We are inspiring minds!” While students in our schools achieve at levels that rival the best in the state, our goal is to maintain these high expectations and increase students’ (and the community’s) levels of engagement in learning inside and beyond the classroom. Our goal is to inspire curiosity, purposeful learning, and excellence in achievement.
To inspire the minds of our students, teachers, and community members, our District’s the learning environments must be...
In the fall of 2016, the community identified three key priorities that allow Greendale Schools to move toward the vision of “Inspiring Minds.” Known as our Vision 2020 strategic plan, they include:
For 2017-2018, work will be done with each of these priorities. While the District sees this as a long-term commitment over the next three years, steps will be taken this year to lay a foundation on which we can build to inspire our students for future years.
Project Based Learning
Project based learning is an instructional model with key principles that are instilled for the learning to have an authentic impact on students. During the 2017-2018 school year, instructional leaders will participate in professional development to better understand the model for learning and plan out the roll-out of the model for all teachers. Since social studies will be going through a curriculum review, teams at all grade levels will also begin to infuse integrated projects in meaningful places within the curriculum. The team will consider potential partnerships with two organizations to help with the development and sustainability of the project based learning model: Buck Institute and Discovery Education. Both of these professional development organizations have a strong reputation for quality and effective training to integrate project based learning in the educational environment for our students.
Post-High School Pathways Aligned with Viable Career Options
Beginning this year, students were asked to select two career pathways in which they had the greatest interest as part of the student registration process for high school courses. These four career pathways garnered the most interest:
Greendale Schools is very fortunate to have a Park and Recreation program as part of its system. This great resource has been underutilized, especially as part of providing before and after school programming for students. Beginning this fall, community members will notice an increased slate of offerings after school at the elementary level especially with opportunities for different sports activities. With each season, the goal is to provide a different series of activities. Co-curricular activities will include Lego Robotics, Young Rembrandts, and Destination Imagination in order to pique students’ curiosity and build on students’ skills and dispositions. Student leaders at the high school are excited to build a District-wide service club to focus on community-wide service opportunities in which all levels can participate.
By focusing on these priorities, the District’s work will impact six critical goals by 2020.
Project-Based Learning to Personalize Learning
Career Pathways to Viable Careers
Youth Engagement in the Community
Each priority also requires Greendale Schools to consider the adequacy of school facilities in order to fully meet our expectations. Through the fall, a community facilities advisory team will be conducting building tours and focus groups in order to gather feedback from the community and bring forward recommendations to the Board in November.
The District will also offer a series of parent engagement workshops that focus on the three priorities, including seminars on post-high school planning, exploration of career pathways, navigating social media, and ways to get involved. These will be great opportunities to learn and get involved in Greendale Schools.
While rewarding in the end, the work related to Vision 2020 during the 2017-2018 school year will be in its infancy. Greendale Schools strives for excellence. These priorities will maintain the high academic expectations and improve our schools levels of engagement and participation of students, parents, and the community in the learning environment.
It is exciting work sure to help Greendale Schools “inspire minds!”
Gary Kiltz, Ph.D.