*More choices, from new magnet programs to alternatives for struggling students. I'm guessing some will focus on top performers (Morrison created new magnets for gifted students in Reno) and some will create small settings where at-risk students can get back on track to graduate.
*A study of how well CMS graduates fare in higher education and, to the extent there's data available, the work force. Morrison has been emphatic about a dual focus: Boosting graduation rates but also making sure CMS diplomas are a meaningful predictor of success.
*A push to change the way teachers are recruited, assigned, rewarded and, when necessary, removed. The state is driving some of this, and Morrison has jumped in with talks to principals and a major shakeup of the CMS human resources department. I wouldn't be surprised to see something similar to Reno's "hiring for attitude" program, along with some version of the "culture of respect" work done there.
*Efforts to confront low expectations for minority students, based on Glenn Singleton's "Courageous Conversations About Race." Morrison worked with Singleton in each of his last two districts, and has distributed the book to CMS board members.
*A beefed-up parent engagement push, including efforts to reach families who don't speak English. Morrison has said Parent University is a good first step, but not enough.
*New efforts related to school safety and bullying, with students playing a role in shaping their own programs. CMS hasn't faced a crisis on this front in Morrison's short tenure, but he has identified safety as a perennial top issue.
*Creation of a new set of data and goals to measure CMS progress. Morrison opted not to pursue the CMS school progress reports this year, instead relying on the state's version. But there's no way he'll let the state-mandated letter grades debuting this year stand as the only or main gauge of school success.
*Administrative reorganization, which is already underway. Morrison lights up when he talks about process and procedure. It's deadly dull to many of us, but the organizational framework will shape how well the rest of this stuff works.
*A huge roster of task forces, public meetings and surveys designed to make sure everyone with an interest in CMS has a voice. If you care about the many issues on the table, it's a safe bet you'll have a chance to step up and get involved in the coming year.