On July 1, 2020, Tom Flanagan joined the BSD community as our Superintendent. The focus of his first 100 days in the role was to listen and learn about the District and to hear perspectives on the strengths, the needed improvements, and the opportunities, in order to build on a collective plan for how we work together for the students of Burlington.
Superintendent Flanagan built a 100-day entry plan developed around his core beliefs for education, which are:
EQUITY It is our core responsibility is to make sure all of the students we serve are valued and challenged, and that we intentionally build on their strengths and assets. Culturally relevant teaching practices encourage us to embed content that allows students to see themselves in what they study, to follow their interests, to collaborate, critique, and think critically. I believe that by addressing inequities, we improve outcomes for all of our students, staff, and the greater community.
ENGAGEMENT Families, communities, and schools must work together closely. In order to engage our communities we must be intentional about building sustaining relationships. Through building these relationships, we also build empathy, compassion, and trust.
DEEP LEARNING All students, particularly those furthest from opportunity, deserve deep learning experiences that challenge them to think creatively, to collaborate with peers, and to solve complex problems. I also believe social-emotional learning, restorative practices, trauma-informed practices, and healthy eating and living are central to deep learning.
100 Day Entry Plan
100 Day Entry Plan Report