The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board is set to approve the district’s new strategic plan at tonight’s meeting.
The plan, more than a year-and-a-half in the making, was unveiled at last month’s school board meeting.
During last month’s meeting, school Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, in a PowerPoint, told the board that 56 percent of the district’s 4,600 students are socio-economically disadvantaged – up from 30 percent in 2001. And that number is projected to climb to 65 percent by 2015.
She pointed out that the challenges that the district faces includes too many children who start off “behind”; students who are not proficient in “academic English” disengage and lose motivation; parents may not know the “educational system”; all SVUSD educators need additional training focused on core curriculum; and data must be used to better understand how to support student learning.
Carlomagno said the strategic plan includes five goals:
• Principals will be the standard bearers for a culture of high expectations, excellent instruction and collaboration within their schools. Principals will lead their schools in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
• Teachers will learn and adopt teaching practices that enhance student learning and are grounded in the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will welcome a deeper understanding of teaching practices and how to meet the needs of all students.
• More students in the SVUSD will meet the benchmarks identified by SVUSD as critical for student achievement. (Preschool, reading at grade level by the end of third grade, proficient in English and math by the beginning of sixth grade, ready for college prep classes by ninth grade, prepared for college and career upon graduation.) Students who master the benchmarks will be challenged to reach their full potential.
All students will benefit from a breadth of non-academic experiences.
• Parents of students in the SVUSD will understand they are integral partners in the education of their children.
Community members will embrace and support these goals directly as individuals and indirectly through affiliations with other community organizations. The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation will be the primary organization dedicated to fundraising in support of SVUSD.
“We plan to review it annually each spring to update it,” Carlomagno said.
The board will also receive an update on standardized testing and reporting; will be asked to approve Common Core spending plan among other items on the agenda.
The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W.