In 2022, Hampton Township School District embarked on a strategic planning journey that involved a committee of 45 stakeholders, including teachers, school board members, administration, and community members. The development of our strategic plan was a collaborative effort, and we started by gathering valuable insights from surveys conducted with teachers, students, and families. This data was analyzed using human-centered design strategies during the strategic planning sessions to ensure that we were meeting the needs of our community.
In addition to the survey data, the committee participated in various informative presentations. Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference presented an overview of our region's economic and employment market, which helped us better understand the needs and demands of the future of work. We also heard from Gregg Behr, the executive director of the Grable Foundation, on whole-child learning, which emphasized the importance of considering all aspects of a student's development.
Our strategic plan was developed with the goal of creating a solid foundation that will help our students develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. As a result of this collaborative effort, the committee developed nine pillars of our strategic plan. These pillars will guide our efforts to align the District's goals and objectives with the needs of the 21st century.
Pillars for Success
Portrait of a Talbot
At Hampton Township School District, we are committed to providing our students the tools they need to succeed in the modern world. That is why we have established a Portrait of a Talbot - a comprehensive framework that outlines the essential skills, knowledge, and attributes our students need to succeed in college, career, and life.
The Portrait of a Talbot serves as a shared vision that guides the development of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and learning experiences for our students. By establishing a clear and shared vision of what a successful Talbot looks like, we can ensure that our educational programs are aligned with the evolving needs of society, economy, and workforce.
Our Portrait of a Talbot includes competencies that reflect academic content areas and 21st-century skills. These competencies are designed to help our students become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and collaborative team members that demonstrate empathy, a learner's mindset, and perseverance. By focusing on these competencies, we believe our students will be well-prepared for college, career, and life success.
We are proud of our work to establish our Portrait of a Talbot, and we are committed to continually improving our educational programs to better serve our students. Through our shared vision, we can ensure that our students have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
- conquering challenging tasks by inviting diverse perspectives.
- enriching their learning and others by building collective commitment for a shared goal.
- understanding that working together generates solutions greater than any individual could accomplish on their own.
- embracing and incorporating feedback from team members and others to solve problems.
- listening for understanding.
- caring for the interests of others and the greater good.
- understanding others’ feelings, experiences, differences, and perspectives.
listening effectively to decipher meaning and context to understand other perspectives.
articulating thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, digital, and non-verbal skills in a variety of forms and contexts.
engaging in respectful exchanges of diverse ideas and perspectives.
embracing curiosity and wonder to experience new ideas.
demonstrating flexibility and growth mindset to accept and learn from failure.
developing a positive attitude to foster the enjoyment of learning.
possessing the desire to actively seek new knowledge and continue learning.
- verifying the validity of information, finding truth in differing claims, discerning fact from fiction, and asking questions.
- applying disciplined thinking that is clear, logical, open-minded, and informed by evidence.
- evaluating and creating solutions that are mindful of the impact on other parts of a system.
- improving the quality of one's own thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing ideas and information.
- persisting in overcoming adversity and achieving goals.
- exhibiting resiliency and determination in achieving success despite difficulty, opposition, or failure.
- accepting that setbacks are a part of success and being able to adjust and move forward.
- reflecting on successes and setbacks to guide future decisions.
Hampton Township School District works collaboratively with the community to support all children in becoming creative and innovative problem-solvers and communicators. The District maintains high expectations by furthering our Tradition of Excellence as our students develop the knowledge, character and integrity to impact the world.
A culture of high expectations encourages creative and innovative thinking while inspiring students to achieve their personal best.