LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The new leadership at JCPS has three main goals for this school year: improving climate and culture, improving student learning, and organizational coherence.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio has spent the past few weeks making sure school administrators, staff and teachers are all on the same page.

“I believe that effective and great instruction in a classroom--great teaching--is the most important thing in improving the academic climate in a school,” Pollio says.

He promises his administration will give schools and teachers the support they need to be successful but he acknowledges culture and climate don't change overnight.

“We’ll do some surveys throughout the year to find out how students, parents and teachers feel about the climate,” he adds.

Dr. Pollio has also emphasized a goal of deeper learning to improve student achievement.

“It's really kids demonstrating what they've learned in an authentic way,” says Pollio. “We are trying to get students to do that more often in class.”

That will include demonstrating basic state standards as well as soft skills like collaboration, public speaking and project management.

Pollio's third goal is organizational coherence.

“If we are going to have success at this in 155 schools,” he says, “we have to have organizational coherence.”

He and his staff will be making school visits frequently to make sure these three priorities are being implemented.

Finally, Pollio says student and parent involvement are key to a successful year.

He says, “I would just encourage parents that it's a new year and a great opportunity to make sure they are deeply involved in their kids’ education this year and making sure they're successful.”

Open houses and parent-teacher conferences will be coming up in the next couple months.

Pollio wants all parents to make it a priority to be there.

Finally, Pollio says parents should encourage their children to get involved in some kind of extracurricular activity at school.

He says students who are connected to their school are more successful in the classroom.

The first day of school for JCPS is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

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