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662 S. President Street, Jackson, MS 39201, (601) 960-8700

Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent

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Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent

We began the 2013–2014 school year with the theme of "Beginning with the End in Mind." This means that everyone who works for the District must adopt and take ownership in the success of creating and providing a better educational experience from kindergarten to graduation. For Jackson Public Schools, this meant that the superintendent must acknowledge and accept that expectations for moving the District forward need to be communicated clearly. For all District employees and stakeholders, this meant adapting to the change necessary to achieve success.

To effectively adapt to change, you must recognize that the "change" itself needs managing as much as the people involved with it. In order to successfully manage the change and lead people through any change, it helps to be aware of the different ways people prefer to deal with change; and to realize that your perceptions of the change styles of others is influenced by your own.

As a result of our need to change, in 2013–2014 JPS adopted the "Wildly Important Goals" (WIGs) approach, based on the book "The 4 Disciplines of Execution." JPS established three District-level WIGs that guide the District’s efforts toward improving academic performance for JPS students:

  1. Increase academic performance and achievement,
  2. Increase average daily attendance for students and teachers, and
  3. Attract and retain high quality teachers and administrators.