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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)

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Key Changes

What will be Different and Better?

The 2012–17 Strategic Plan builds on the district’s progress over the past decade while offering many dramatic changes that are driven by common sense, research on effective practices, and a relentless focus on accomplishing the vision and mission. We have implemented many initiatives and activities over the years to promote equity. Despite successes, we have not sufficiently aligned contributions or solutions so that systems change could take root. This plan addresses this challenge.
Expectations are rising.


For Students:

  • Consistently high standards, regardless of which school you attend. A high school diploma must mean the same in every part of the school district
  • Equitable opportunities to succeed: access to high-level courses, exposure to high-quality instruction, and a diverse curriculum for all students
  • Daily exposure to and practice using 21st-century skills
  • Empowerment with choices about your future
  • Ownership of your own education with postsecondary goals in mind
  • Systematic and reliable access to services that support your social, emotional, and physical health, offered by community partners such as Gardner Center, Project Cornerstone, Eastfield Ming Quong, and others
  • Required hands-on postsecondary exposure with business partners such as Lockheed Martin, City of San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Adobe, and others ... and career awareness programs for younger students
  • Expanded opportunities to do community service with partners such as United Way of Silicon Valley, Children’s Discovery Museum, Sacred Heart Community Center, and many others


For Parents:

  • Confidence that your child is getting a 21st -century education —the “basics,” such as reading and math, plus critical thinking, communications, global citizenship, and other key skills
  • Our annual satisfaction surveys further leveraged to help shape your school’s improvement and parent engagement priorities to train parent leaders to participate fully in school and district decisions
  • More opportunities to be involved that come about because of broader accommodations to parent schedules. More opportunities for training to increase your knowledge and skills in a variety of focused areas, including leadership and advocacy

For Teachers:

  • Professional support and coaching to help you implement the more challenging Common Core academic standards and a more rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps you integrate 21st-century skills into your classroom
  • More flexibility in how you teach
  • More actionable evaluations, which provide relevant advice for improving your craft
  • Focused and aligned professional development across all schools and classrooms
  • Technological systems that are more efficient and allow you to focus more on the most important thing — raising student achievement

For School Leaders:

  • More timely support from central office. District staff will be held accountable for how well they support their “customers” — you and your schools
  • More flexibility in how you can organize and plan the school day
  • Supports that are directly aligned to the strategic objectives
  • A steadier supply of high-quality instruction, through an intensive recruiting and induction process to bring the best teachers to your schools
  • Funding based on the actual needs of your students, not simply allocating the same number of staff to all schools
  • Consistent and constant communication from the central office to help manage workload

For Central Office and Support Staff:

  • Clarity about how your work connects to the “main thing”: closing the opportunity gap so that all students graduate with 21st-century skills
  • Strategies to address challenges in the system that enable you to better support schools and their staff
  • A clear blueprint that will help you allocate resources fairly and support schools more effectively
  • Regular satisfaction surveys with clear feedback that will help ensure all of us are keeping our commitments
  • Regular communication from supervisors to support your work
  • A recognition program that will acknowledge and value all employees’ work