Dr. Gary Kiltz
Dr. Kiltz comes to Greendale from the School District of Menomonee Falls, where he has worked as Director of Curriculum and Learning since 2012. He also served as a principal for more than 12 years, locally at both Menomonee Falls High School and South Milwaukee High School, as well as in Arizona. Dr. Kiltz began his career as a social studies teacher before working with at risk students as a lead teacher and director of alternative schools in Menomonee Falls, West Bend, and Mesa, Arizona.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was conferred by Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He also holds certification in curriculum and instruction from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Kiltz teaches graduate level courses at Concordia University in Mequon, WI and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. As a university instructor, he serves on dissertation committees, providing insight and advice to students doing major research to benefit students and education.
Kiltz grew up in Hales Corners and attended Whitnall Schools. Read the full article on Dr. Kiltz in the Spring 2016 issue of the School Connection.
Thanks for the Great Community Response
As Greendale Schools moves forward with the strategic planning process, the community continues to stay actively engaged in the conversation. The goal of the strategic planning process is to make our exceptional school district even better around the vision, “We are inspiring minds!”
More than 120 community members participated in the October visioning session and over 1,400 students, staff, and parents provided feedback through the Community Survey in November to help us narrow the priorities to three critical ones:
In January, priority teams came together to begin creating a charter for each of these priorities. Greendale Schools again had tremendous response with over 90 people volunteering to participate on one of the three teams. Each team has been tasked to develop the following components with the priority:
Once teams create the draft charter in February, a second community survey will be distributed to gather feedback that the teams will use to finalize the charters. The proposed charters will come forward for board discussion and approval in April with the goal of launching the initial strategies in the summer.
While this strategic planning has been happening to guide the pathway to our future work, schools have been implementing short cycles of improvement to impact student learning during the first semester. This collaborative work has resulted in impressive gains for our students:
I am extremely proud of the growth that we are seeing with students across all of our schools. Our staff does exceptional work to engage students and to help them learn. I am also grateful for the community support and engagement in the strategic planning process. It truly will take our tremendous schools to higher levels of student engagement and achievement.
We are inspiring minds!