Focus on equity and excellence for 2015-16 school year

Posted: Thursday, September 17th 2015

Focus on equity and excellence for 2015-16 school year

Welcome back to school!

As we settle in to the new school year, the district continues its efforts to focus on equity and excellence for each and every student, classroom, school and family.

All of the district’s instructional, as well as operational work will be aligned with this focus. Outlined in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the district is centralizing its efforts in 2015-16 around six key areas. Action items associated with each of these goals are outlined in the LCAP, which is available for viewing on the district website.

As the year progresses, Unified Vision will explore in more detail how the district is achieving its goals and what that means for our students.

  1. Closing the achievement gap with high expectations for all: All levels of the organization are working to improve achievement for all students and close the achievement gap for all underperforming student groups.
  2. Access to a Broad and Challenging Curriculum: Students have equitable access to rigorous, well-rounded, standards-aligned curricula, and access to and skill in applying technologies to leverage learning, assuring readiness for a full range of post-gradation options.
  3. Quality Leadership, Teaching and Learning: Effective leadership and teaching is evident system wide with a unifying vision that equips and empowers all stakeholders to provide optimal student learning opportunities and outcomes.
  4. Positive School Environment, Climate and Culture – With Equity at the Core and Support for the Whole Child: Schools provide safe and well-maintained facilities and positive learning climates and instructional practices that are culturally responsive, challenge bias and support the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of students.
  5. Parent and Community Engagement with Highly Regarded Neighborhood Schools that Serve Students, Families and Communities: Parents and community members are engaged and work within and across schools to support student learning. Neighborhood schools are highly regarded for their quality as well as their service as centers for extended learning and enrichment opportunities, and academic and social services.
  6. Well-orchestrated District-wide Support Services and Communications: All parts of the organization – personnel and infrastructure – work together to support student success through quality schools in every neighborhood.

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