FWCS selected for prestigious residency program - August 03, 2005

Record Number: 1618
Displayed from: Aug 03, 2005 , until: Aug 22, 2005

Fort Wayne Community Schools has been selected to participate in the 2005-07 Broad Residency in Urban Education program. Sponsored by The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, the two-year commitment provides 75 percent of the salary for an administrative position that will report directly to Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. The salary range is determined by Broad. “It is an honor that The Broad Center has chosen FWCS,” said Dr. Robinson, noting that it couldn’t have come at a better time given the financial challenges urban districts are facing. “This residency will enable us to move forward in evaluating and reforming district systems to more closely align with our goal of success for all students.” FWCS will host Connie Casson, a 2005 graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a recipient of the Student Leadership and Service Award voted on by her 300 classmates. From 2001-2003, Casson, a University of Notre Dame graduate, was a market research and strategy analyst with Omnium Worldwide, Inc., an accounts receivable outsourcing firm in Omaha, NE. While there, she identified new market opportunities and created operational plans for teams throughout the 900-person company. From 1998-2001, Casson was a consultant with Accenture in Chicago, the world’s largest management and consulting firm. There, she worked with Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical and retail industries. In 1998, she graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. degree in History. In order to meet the demands of No Child Left Behind, urban school districts must make sure policies, practices and programs are fully focused to support all students learning. “The training and experience of the Broad Resident will give us a fresh perspective and new methods of working successfully,” added Dr. Robinson. “We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Casson as a valuable member of our administrative team.” Casson will be a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet and will have an office in the Grile Administrative Center. She begins in August and the residency ends in July of 2007. The Broad Residency is designed to be a professional development program for non-traditional administrators coming from other fields to strengthen the management capacity of school districts and to develop leaders who will assume greater responsibility over time in urban school districts. For more information, visit their website at: www.broadcenter.org

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.