What is Continuous Improvement and why should you care?

Continuous improvement is, as the name suggests, a practice of constantly re-examining and improving processes. The Riverview School Board first heard of this concept when we read Jim Collins’ book Good to Great. While this concept applies more to business process improvements, we also felt we could apply the concepts to our school district. The district actually began continuous improvements with the start of our strategic planning process that has been utilized since the 2001-02 school year. Each board member continues to “push the fly-wheel” as we renew this plan every five years. Part of this process is to engage with community to receive feedback. In November 2020, we kicked off the five year process for the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. This plan guides our district forward with goals and tasks and helps to direct the budget toward our goals.

As continuous improvement implies, there is always room for improvement. Our Superintendent/School Board team are open to hearing from anyone who wants to share their ideas for improvement. Feel free to email rsdschoolboard@rsd407.org or call me directly at 425.333.5055 and or call the district 425.844.4500 AND/OR attend a board meeting!


About the author: Lori

Lori Oviatt has served on the Riverview School Board of Directors since 2006, she lives on an acreage in the wild woods near Lake Joy and loves to serve in the public school system. She is a Learning Solutions Provider for many corporations and non-profits around the globe. She loves to talk education and learning!