OPPORTUNITY21
Strategic Plan 2012-17

Full Strategic Plan Document (PDF)

Executive Summary of Strategic Plan (PDF)

Message from the Board of Education (PDF)

Message from Superintendent, Dr. Vincent Matthews, Ed.D (PDF)

5 Cs Domains (PDF)

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New 21st Century Skills

Through this planning and engagement process SJUSD has identified 5 key 21st century skills, what are called The 5 Cs, and digital literacy as the primary skill sets that are crucial to preparing all students to contribute successfully in a global society. These skills are broader and deeper than before and offer the promise of better preparing every student for post-secondary success. These skills implemented within the curriculum will make learning come to life and emulate what the world of work will be for our students in the years ahead.
The 5 Cs include:

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Creative Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Global Citizenship



Digital literacy is an all-encompassing skill set that will be critical for all students to have to not only enable the learning and retention of basic skills such as reading and math but also interacting with others and fostering growth in the 5 Cs.

The journey to ensure that 21st century skills are present throughout a student’s educational experience will take time. However, we must begin now. That is why SJUSD will be developing ways in which to assist teachers and school staff to understand more about these skills and how other changes, such as the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS ), will be a vehicle for incorporating these skills.

As the strategic plan is implemented we can build on prior work to expand the method and programs we use to introduce, teach, and reinforce these vital skills for our students.

Engagement results
Stakeholder engagement resulted in many great ways to incorporate 21st century skills into student learning including:

  • Incorporate real-world, problem-based learning into the classroom
  • Project-based learning classes
  • Small efforts: each day a teacher explicitly identifies when the students will be using 21st century skills
  • Guest speakers from upper grades to come speak to students about preparing for the real world