image descriptionCoeur d'Alene is a picturesque city in northern Idaho. The city is surrounded by forest, which contains several lakes and campgrounds. The Coeur d'Alene School District #271 serves 10,300 students.

Surrounded by lakes, rolling hills and scenic wilderness, Barbara Walters once described Coeur d’Alene as “a little slice of heaven.” It’s a reputation that makes Dr. Michael Nelson, the Director of Curriculum for the Coeur d’Alene school district, proud.

But it’s not just the topography in Coeur d’Alene that makes it beautiful—Dr. Nelson is quick to explain that the community culture is really what makes it so special. Specifically, the commitment of educators and parents to ensuring that the students in their district are equipped with all the tools and advantages they’ll need to achieve their aspirations.

We talked with Dr. Nelson about Coeur d’Alene’s approach to making their students future ready and how they’re ensuring all students have a path forward for success.