School district uses community collaboration to develop long term goals

Charles City, Iowa – With another school year underway, one Northeast Iowa school district has announced their long term goals for students and staff, which included an in-depth study on current job-demand needs.

Charles City Superintendent Mike Fisher says the findings have come from a community group known as “Next 20.” 


The group met throughout the spring and developed the tools students need to learn – outside of math, reading and science, according to Fisher.


The competencies include adaptability, integrity, critical thinking, communication, empathy and flexibility. 

Fisher says it will be a three to five year process to implement them and it includes new curriculum. 


The challenge, according to Fisher,  is incorporating the competencies into the hard skills in subjects such as math and reading. 


He added it’s been about a year to develop the outcomes. 


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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