Superintendent Dixon

Dr. Talisa L. Dixon

Greetings from the Superintendent:

The 2014-2015 school year will be one of possibility for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. I am feeling a tremendous sense of pride and gratitude serving as your new superintendent and as a new resident of the Tiger Nation community. While we have a rock solid foundation and a strong legacy on which to build, this is in many ways a new beginning for our Tiger Nation and an opportunity to make forward-thinking decisions that will positively affect the District for years to come.

This clearly is a community that values education. You’ve shown this sentiment most recently in your support of Phase 1 of our Master Facilities Plan, and in your active participation in its implementation. The amount of collaboration going into the design of the new Heights High School from our community, staff and student working groups is another indication of this community’s active involvement, which will result in a high school that can be used and cherished by many for decades to come. I am dedicated to seeing that this climate of collaboration continues.

In terms of educational collaboration, I am also dedicated to strengthening our connections with families, community support groups, city leaders and community members who share a commitment and responsibility in reaching our vision of P.A.S.S.A.G.E., Preparing all Students for Success in a Global Economy. We must stand together to embrace new ideas, new ways, and to meet new challenges. Because, it is together that we can realize our goals.

While the District is making gains in some areas academically, many of our students are right now not reaching their full potential. We as a learning community must do more to be the nurturing guardians of children who need encouragement, support, discipline, and a sense that they are loved and valued. I am committed to providing the support, training and resources for our teachers and principals to provide the environment and tools for the kind of learning where students feel safe, nurtured and excited about learning.

I am committed to listening to your valuable input on how to improve our students’ education through public forums, focus groups, surveys and conversations during my Friday morning coffee klatches, and on those occasions when we just might run into one another at the grocery store.

Together we can create better learning opportunities and environments for our children. It will take the entire community’s effort to improve the learning potential of each child, one step at a time. All the while, 21st century demands and trends will certainly and continuously shape our future. And so it is our charge to create the kind of school district our students need for this new day.

I am excited and I hope you are, too. Let’s you and I, “Create the Future,” together.


Dr. Talisa L. Dixon
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Superintendent