College and Career Readiness
To ensure students are college and career ready upon graduation, we must continue to provide students access to proven programs in the areas of Pk-12 academics, CTE pathways, support services, and informed instruction by invested educators.
Parent engagement in schools plays a critical role in improving student achievement, reducing absenteeism, and restores parents' confidence in their children's education. Through the Community Engagement Initiative, we will build the capacity of our district and community to authentically engage each other in the LCAP development process, to have difficult conversations, to build trusting relationships, and to identify effective models of community engagement and metrics to evaluate those models.
Mental Health Services/ Socio-Emotional Support for Students
Additional socio-emotional counselors are needed to support our students. Research demonstrates that students who receive social–emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. Furthermore, school climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being improve as well.
Children with learning disabilities deserve a high quality education that supports their personal growth and development. Through the creation of our Special Education Task Force, we are bringing district experts and staff together to look at efficiencies in our Special Education Department and develop a plan that includes data drive strategies to improve student outcomes.
Attract and Retain High Quality Teachers and Staff
To attract and retain high quality teachers and staff we need to continue to:
Improve working conditions
Encourage and support professional development opportunities
Subsidized child care/preschool programs for employees
Implement a solid induction program to support new teachers
Include staff in our decision making process as much as possible. Our collective bargaining process is the best way to guarantee that teachers have a meaningful role in developing and implementing strategies to help all students reach high academic standards. This includes having a voice in designing and implementing professional development programs, curricula and evaluation systems
Continue to support MOUs with PVFT that allow current employees to receive tuition reimbursement for completing the coursework necessary to obtain a clear credential in math or science
Continue to support stipends for teachers to purchase classroom materials and stipends for bilingual teachers
Signing bonuses for Math, Science, and Special Education Teachers
Continue to recognize the unique contributions of staff through the Innovator of the Year Awards