On July 12, 2021, the Huber Heights City Schools Board of Education adopted Transcend 2026: A Promise to Rise as the latest strategic plan for the district. Although some view a strategic plan as little more than a document that guides an organization, Transcend 2026 is different. While action steps to guide our district are included, Transcend 2026 also represents a vision for each of our students and our community. This vision centers on fostering deeper learning experiences that transcend academic skills and develop essential competencies like communication, collaboration, empathy, critical thinking, perseverance and problem-solving. Transcend 2026 also aims to inspire the natural curiosity of our students, not through compliance and testing, but by combining a fail forward culture with an engaging learning environment, hands-on projects, and real-world learning opportunities that serve our local community. Ultimately, Transcend 2026 is designed to transport our district to a pinnacle where every Warrior graduate, regardless of their post-secondary plan, is prepared for a lifetime of success in a rapidly-changing world.
Transcend 2026 includes four priority areas: Learning Excellence, Culture, Financial Stewardship and Facilities. Each priority area has three goals and multiple action steps within it. To view the entire Transcend 2026: A Promise to Rise document, click here.
Portrait of a Warrior
On January 14, 2021, the Board of Education adopted the Portrait of a Warrior. The Portrait of a Warrior, which serves as a visual representation that articulates the local community’s aspirations for students, identifies six competencies that the district used to guide the strategic planning process. The six competencies are collaboration, communication, empathy, perseverance, problem solving and critical thinking. The priority areas, goals and action steps of Transcend 2026 are the building blocks that will help students become fluent in these six competencies by graduation. The competencies are defined as follows:
Collaboration: Respectfully works to achieve collective goals by actively seeking diverse perspectives and contributions to enhance the learning of self and others while also responding to feedback.
Communication: Articulates thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal skills in a variety of forms, while also listening effectively to understand meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions of others.
Empathy: Demonstrates awareness, sensitivity, concern, and respect to connect with the feelings, opinions, experiences, and culture of others.
Perseverance: Embraces the idea that failure is a part of success despite difficulty, opposition, and/or setbacks, while continually moving towards their goals.
Problem Solving: Applies creative and innovative thinking while identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing solutions to difficult or complex situations.
Critical Thinking: Consistently evolves the quality of their own thinking by analyzing, assessing and reconstructing information to propose impactful solutions.