The Strategic Plan - crafted last year by more than 150 students, parents, teachers, classified employees, administrators and community members - includes 54 "specific results," work on 21 of which is well under way. The example cited Tuesday night was Strategy 4's call to teach, model and assess character attributes and the District's implementation of the "Building Integrity" curriculum. Second-quarter components included "Respect" as the October theme and "Selflessness" as the November/December theme.
A second example was cited during a report on Professional Learning Communities, a key to achieving Strategy 1. The PLC process is designed to help teachers and administrators in the effort to meet three of the "specific results" - incorporating frequent common assessment tools, incorporating frequent, valid and reliable benchmark assessments, and establishing power standards - and to end the "curricular chaos" that results when standards vary from school to school or even from classroom to classroom.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board:
- Heard a report on the District's plan to delay for one year the modernization of Cesar Chavez Middle School and take advantage of the closure of Barnard-White Middle School by moving students to that campus, rather than try to complete construction while students are housed in temporary buildings. The plan will preserve the learning environment for students and teachers - away from the noise, dirt and inconvenience of a construction site - and will save an estimated $1 million in interim housing costs.
- Recognized parent Victor Diaz, who for three years has volunteered several hours each week as a counselor for at-risk students at Barnard-White Middle School, and who last year also began working for the District, helping students at Conley-Caraballo High School.
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