Julie Ramos, Director of Strategic Innovation

Mrs. Julie Ramos is the Director of Strategic Innovation for the Wickliffe City Schools District. Mrs. Ramos is the former Superintendent of the Ledgemont Local School District, a School Improvement Specialist, and a former teacher. She has the responsibility for creating and sustaining innovative practices within the district. If you are interested in learning more and/or talking with Mrs. Ramos, please contact her via email: julie.ramos@wickliffeschools.org
To be called an innovation, an idea must be replicable at an economical cost and must satisfy a specific need. Innovation involves deliberate application of information, imagination and initiative in deriving greater or different values from resources, and includes all processes by which new ideas are generated and useful. Innovation at Wickliffe City Schools centers on the goals of the strategic plan, working directly with businesses and community organizations to develop partnerships to benefit instructional practices for staff, as well as learning opportunities for kids. Wickliffe City School District fosters robust partnership engagement with stakeholders. These stakeholders include: parents, elected school officials, businesses, teachers, community based organizations, local government, as well as local and regional foundations. Each of these groups plays an increased, focused, and committed role in enhancing student performance outcomes.

Innovation at Wickliffe City School District includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program, preparing students for intense 7th and 8th grade lab experiences, and with an integrated and sequential curriculum covering grades 6-12. The STEM program is one opportunity to identify critical local employer skill set needs, to provide career exploration, and to teach in demand/high wage technical skills, ultimately leading to a skill workforce that will serve area businesses and the community.

Innovation at Wickliffe City School District is implementing Project Based Learning (PBL) at all levels. PBL creates multiple points of contact with the community to arrange for student community service projects, service learning, team building efforts, interpersonal communication skills, leadership development, career exploration, job shadowing, internships, college selections, and job placement.
Innovation at Wickliffe City School District provides academic and career planning for students to enable them to be best prepared for college or career when they graduate from high schoolStudents in grades 7-12 will engage in college and career planning as an intentional process of setting and achieving goals as part of a larger K-12 college and career readiness curriculum.
The Wickliffe City School District’s plan is bold and ambitious. It is future-focused as it anticipates and works proactively to address the needs of the community now and in the future. The plan is comprehensive in that it addresses the educational, social, and economic needs of the community. Finally, the plan builds alliances and partnerships that will ensure its sustainability well into the future. The innovative initiatives will create an educational environment that serves students and the community now and into the future.

Family Resource Center Initiative

Dear Wickliffe Community,

As a school district, we are writing grants and seeking donations to develop a Family Resource Center for our students and the community. To assist in raising money for the center, we have opened a Go Fund Me site. Below is a description of our request along with instructions on how to donate. We ask you to give to this project to help the students, the families, and the entire community of Wickliffe.

Wickliffe Schools Family Resource Center Initiative

Strong Community

The key to a successful community is having strong, healthy families that have the opportunity to provide their children with a great educational environment and well-founded public services. It is with this in mind that the Wickliffe City School District has developed a goal of creating a Family Resource Center to address the needs of our students, their families and the entire community.

3 Vital Areas of Success

There are three areas vital to the success of young people and the community: (1) educational intervention and enrichment services, (2) health care services, and (3) social and counseling services. We also endeavor to assist our community members who are in need of basic nutritional programming. This center will provide an accessible and convenient point of contact that provides solutions and interventions to improve the academic, social, economic, behavioral and mental well being of our school-aged children and their families in the community.

The City of Wickliffe is facing new challenges as population demographics have significantly changed over the past decade. The demographic changes include our economically disadvantaged population increasing from 20% in 2005 to over 40% in 2015. Further, the poverty rate has increased from 1.5% in 2005 to over 6% in 2015. The district feels an obligation to address these changes to ensure the success of our students and the Wickliffe community.

Schools Can’t Do It Alone

Although the Family Resource Center will be located at Wickliffe High School, the District will not be pursuing this worthy goal alone. Community agencies, government, and businesses will work together with the schools to serve our neighbors, friends, and family members in need of our help and assistance.

The entire community is responsible for supporting its residents for the betterment of all. Children deserve to have families who are able to support, educate, nurture, protect and encourage them. Our long-term success as a community is dependent upon all of us to give to the greater good of the City of Wickliffe through supporting the need for the center.

How Can You Help?

The plan is to open the center early in the 2016-17 school year. In the coming weeks, the Wickliffe Schools will be sharing information on the various services the Family Learning Center has to offer. Community input and collaboration is important.

Stay informed so that you can share information with your neighbors who may be in need of certain services the center will provide. Also, determine if there is a need your family has that can be assisted by the center’s resources.

Grants will be used to assist the district in creating this center. However, the district is looking to partner with the community to make this center a reality. The success of the center depends on both cash and in-kind donations from community partners and individuals. The money raised will be used to renovate existing space at Wickliffe High School to be used as the center, purchase the supplies and equipment necessary to help the people served by the center, and to provide resources to staff the center. Your contributions will serve thousands and on their behalf, we are grateful for anything you are willing to contribute.

Community Support

Thank you to all our supporters. Please become part of our team in building the Family Resource Center. Together we will create a community that empowers everyone to become successful.

To Contribute

  • Copy and paste the link that has been created into your browser:https://www.gofundme.com/wickliffefamilyrc
  • Read about the project
  • Donate by clicking on Donate Now
  • Enter the amount and credit card information
  • Follow the prompts to complete the transaction

The site is safe and has been used by millions of people for many different reasons.

The Wickliffe City Schools: Inspiring Students to Learn, Lead, and Serve


Joseph Spiccia, Superintendent

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