Student reading with Superintendent Cheatham

Dear families and community members,

Welcome to a new school year! Five years ago we launched our first Strategic Framework, our roadmap to raising achievement for all students and eliminating the gaps in opportunity that lead to disparities in achievement. Earlier this summer, we reported out and celebrated our progress over these past five years – which includes breakthrough results in early literacy and graduation rates – progress that could not have been possible without you.

Our first Strategic Framework helped put our school district on an upward trajectory, but more important, it set the foundation for MMSD to make even more progress in the future.  I want to thank you for partnership these past five years and share with you where we are going next.

After nearly a year of hearing ideas and insightful feedback from students, staff, families and community members in nearly 100 sessions, we were excited to release our updated Strategic Framework in late July. 

Our new strategy builds on the progress that we’ve made and is a direct reflection of the feedback we gathered. In it, we make a commitment to deeper learning and belonging for every child, with a special commitment to ensuring Black youth excel in school. And we introduce a strategy that focuses on empowering and tapping into the expertise of school communities, investing in educators as allies to children and families, and embracing innovation.

We invite you to read our new strategic framework, and join us in taking our next step together as a district. It is an honor to serve you and your children, and I look forward to seeing our new strategies in action, achieving our goals and bringing our vision to life – together, as one Madison community.


Jennifer Cheatham