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Listen & Learn!


Every student deserves access to an excellent education, and Orange County Schools is committed to achieving that goal. Our vision is a simple one. We want to hear from everyone in our community to inform the strategic planning process, which will be our roadmap for enhancing our schools for the next 3-5 years. To facilitate this, we have created a set of “Listen & Learns”, as well as an online survey, to hear from you.  Childcare and pizza will be available at each Listen & Learn, so please join us!

The focus of the “Listen & Learns” will be on five key topics, though we welcome input on all aspects of our work: 

  1. Academic Programs and Student Achievement

  2. Family and Community Engagement

  3. Transportation, Meals and Other Services

  4. Organizational Improvements (such as culture & climate, communications, application & hiring processes, school calendar, discipline policy, school safety, and technology)

  5. Equity (ensuring all students have what they need to succeed)

We’re providing a range of opportunities to help make this as easy as possible to provide your perspective. (Click here for the Schedule of Listen & Learns and to RSVP.)

Listen & Learns for Families and Community Members: We will host one Listen & Learn at each school (with the exception of Grady Brown ES and Cedar Ridge High School that have been combined into a single session). Each session will begin with a pizza dinner from 6-6:30pm, followed by the Listen & Learn session from 6:30-8:30pm, with childcare provided. 

Listen & Learns for Staff: Our staff are welcome at any Listen & Learn session, but we are also hosting three voluntary sessions designed for both Classified and Certificated staff ONLY. Each of these staff-only sessions will take place from 4:00-5:45pm at Efland-Cheeks ES, Orange HS, and Cedar Ridge High School.

Listen & Learns for Students: One session will be scheduled at each high school in February during the students' lunch time.

Listen & Learn Online Form: We know that some staff, families and community members may not be able to join us in person. To encourage wide participation, we are providing an online survey. We hope you’ll take advantage of this additional opportunity to let your voice be heard. Click here to access the Online Listen & Learn Survey.

Listen and Learn Sessions - Pizza at 6:00pm, Sessions from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Efland Cheeks Global Elementary School - January 16  
  • Orange High School - February 13
  • CW Sanford Middle School - February 18
  • Gravelly Hill Middle School - February 25
  • AL Stanback Middle School - February 27
  • New Hope Elementary School - March 3
  • Hillsborough Elementary School - March 5
  • Central Elementary School - March 10
  • Pathways Elementary School - March 12
  • Cedar Ridge High School (and Grady Brown Elementary School) - March 17
  • Cameron Park Elementary School - March 19
  • Partnership Academy - March 24

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