World's Best Workforce District Plan

What is the World's Best Workforce?

The World’s Best Workforce bill was passed in 2013 to ensure every school district in the state is making strides to increase student performance. Centennial School District has developed a plan that addresses the following five goals:
    • All children are ready for school.

    • All third-graders can read at grade level.

    • All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.

    • All students are ready for career and college.

    • All students graduate from high school.


Why is Minnesota focused on this idea?

For Minnesota to be competitive, we must have students who are college and career ready, students who are poised to lead the state’s workforce. This is important for a number of reasons: 
    • Our population is aging.

    • Seventy percent (70%) of jobs will require more than a high school diploma.

    • We don’t have qualified candidates to fill many good-paying jobs.

    • The fastest growing segment of our future workforce is students of color, and they currently have the state’s lowest graduation rate.

    • Minnesota has one of the worst black-white achievement gaps in the country.


Presentations for Advisement and Action

    • Systems Accountability Committee – October 8, 2020
    • Systems Accountability Committee – November 12, 2020
    • School Board Work Study Session/Board Meeting – December 1, 2020

WBWF Overview

Overview of district programming, advisory committee membership, and links to departments, programs, and services related to goals areas of the World's Best Workforce plan.

Goal Area 1: All Students Ready for Kindergarten

The Early Childhood program, serving students from birth to kindergarten entry, helps children develop the skills necessary to be successful in school and in life through guided play, interaction with peers, and parent/child activities. The Parent and Family Education program supports families through classes, speakers, handouts, and parenting sessions.

Goal Area 2: All Students in 3rd Grade Achieve Grade-Level Literacy

The Centennial School District strongly believes in the importance of early intervention in reading, as in other core areas as well.

Goal Area 3: Close the Achievement Gaps Among Groups

Centennial School District is committed to equity and access for all:

    1. We will raise the achievement of all students while eliminating the predictability of
      academic achievement based upon class, race, gender, or disability.
    2. We will implement culturally responsive teaching and leadership practices that reflect the
      contributions and perspectives of all people.
    3. We will identify and address barriers that perpetuate opportunity and
      achievement gaps.
    4. We will foster inclusive relationships across all Centennial communities.

Goal Area 4: All Students Career- and College-Ready by Graduation

There are a variety of measures being used by the Centennial School District to ensure students are college and career ready prior to graduation. 

Goal Area 5: All Students Graduate

We take seriously the unique learning needs of every child and we have made and continue to make investments in staffing, programming and services that enhance the academic, social and emotional needs of students.


School and District Professional Development

All teachers, paraprofessionals and principals participate in a robust professional development program. This programming is designed to provide staff with the knowledge and skills they need to maximize their impact on student learning and the culture for learning. 

Equitable Access to Excellent Teachers

2016 legislation requires WBWF plans to include a process to examine the equitable distribution of teachers and strategies to ensure low-income and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, ineffective, or out-of-field teachers as well as a system to periodically review and evaluate students' access to effective teachers who are members of populations underrepresented among the licensed teachers in the district or school and who reflect the diversity of enrolled students. 

Gifted and Talented

The Centennial School District recognizes that gifted learners are a population with special educational needs. These learners are capable of high performance when compared to others of similar age, experience, and environment, and represent the diverse populations of our communities.  These learners have potential that requires differentiated and challenging educational programming beyond those provided in the general school program.

Systems, Strategies, & Supports for Improvement

In order to make progress toward achieving goals in the five areas above, the World's Best Workforce Plan includes systems, strategies, and supports to implement with students and families, teachers and administrators, and across district programs and services.