Communications Department overview
 
MissionStudents
 
The mission of the District 58 Communications Department is to inform our stakeholders how the district and its schools are living out the District 58 mission, vision and core beliefs, and engage them so that they have an interest in student learning, a stake in our students’ success, and a voice in shaping our students’ future.
 
This is done by:
  • Spearheading and supporting strategic, proactive communications efforts with all stakeholder groups
  • Developing and cultivating the District 58 brand with internal and external stakeholders
  • Promoting understanding among stakeholders of District initiatives and Board decisions
  • Ensuring consistent, clear messaging by working with District leaders and staff members to identify and utilize key district messages with external stakeholders
  • Celebrating District 58 excellence by sharing information about building/classroom programs and activities, and student/staff accomplishments, with the community
Ongoing communications goals
 
  • Utilize a variety of strategies and tools to maximize awareness and support of the District’s mission, core beliefs, goals, objectives and programs, and develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Utilize electronic/online communications to boost engagement and connections
  • Continue to improve upon existing District publications and information-sharing channels, and explore new tools and opportunities to communicate in print, online, and in person
  • Facilitate and promote two-way communications opportunities, and seek out opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders to support student success
  • Maintain strong, positive connections between individual schools and their communities, as well as between the District and the community as a whole

The District 58 Communications Department:

  • Creates and oversees distribution of all District publications, including annual report, e-newsletter, internal newsletter, district videos, parent handbook and topical brochures/flyers; monitors reach and effectiveness
  • Creates and provides support for implementation of feedback opportunities, including surveys of students, staff, parents and community members
  • Serves as liaison to Education Foundation and assists with planning of Foundation events, including new teacher luncheon, Distinguished Service Awards recognition for staff, Select 58 recognition for eighth-graders, and grants program
  • Proactively provides information and responds to requests for information from the media
  • Maintains open lines of communication with stakeholders and other local government bodies/agencies, and responds to requests for information
  • Assists schools and staff, as well as District departments, with communications and publicity efforts
  • Oversees, manages and provides content for District’s social media presence
  • Oversees, manages and provides content for District’s web presence, monitors reach and effectiveness
  • Oversees, manages and provides support for District’s parent notification system
  • Oversees, manages and provides support for District’s crisis communications
  • Oversees and manages District’s community e-flyer program
 
District 58 Communications Coordinator:
Jennie Waldorf
jwaldorf@dg58.org
(630) 719-5805