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School district’s Strategic Planners to give midpoint update

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From page A1 | January 05, 2014 |

The Davis school district’s Strategic Planning process will reach a midpoint this week, with members of the school district’s Strategic Planning Committee and related Action Teams giving an update on Tuesday covering the work that they have done since late September.

The public may attend the meeting, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at King High School, 635 B St.

“Currently, Strategic Action Teams — made up of school district employees and Davis community members — are investigating action steps to support the four focus strategies proposed by the 26-member Strategic Planning Committee in late September,” Superintendent Winfred Roberson said.

There will also be an earlier update session — designed for the school district’s teachers and staff — from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at King High.

Kim Wallace, an administrator at the district office who is working with the Strategic Planning Committee and the Action Teams, said: “The action teams are basically halfway through the process, they’ve conducted five of their 10 meetings. They are still in the inquiry/information gathering phase. At this point, they have developed their research questions, now they are coming back and reporting their initial findings.”

The four Action Teams have the following aims:

* Action Team No. 1 seeks to “develop, implement and assess a professional development system … focusing first on social-emotional intelligence, differentiated instruction and inquiry-based learning.”

* Action Team No. 2 seeks to “develop and implement a plan for physical space and technology infrastructure required to achieve (the district’s) objectives and mission.”

* Action Team No. 3 seeks to “develop and implement a districtwide assessment system aligned with the Common Core standards to effectively analyze student performance data at more frequent intervals in order to improve instruction, close the Achievement Gap, and ensure that all students meet or exceed district standards.”

* Action Team No. 4 seeks to “develop and implement a system that enables each student to set and pursue academic, social and personal goals.”

Superintendent Roberson added: “The Action Teams meet Wednesday evenings at Davis Senior High School and will wrap up their work in February.”

The Strategic Planning Committee’s final report and recommendations will be considered by the Davis school board at a study session on Feb. 27, and then at a formal school board meeting on March 6.

Cathy Haskell, a teacher at King High who is also co-leader of one of the Action Teams in the Strategic Planning effort, said: “This Action Team process has been designed to address many of the challenges facing the district. One of those challenges is the transition to Common Core academic standard. There are new math and English standards, but no curriculum and an assessment system … that is still being developed. Our assessment group has been researching the Common Core standards and researching a variety of assessment practices. We are excited to share our work with the staff and community on Tuesday. We look forward to getting input that will guide our team as we work to finish our report.”

This is the first time that the Davis school district has prepared a formal strategic plan, and the first time since the 1990s that the school district has prepared a long-range plan identifying the district’s major priorities. The Strategic Planning Committee met in marathon sessions over three days from Sept. 26-28, and after that the Action Teams were formed. The school district is working with veteran planner Kathy Ohm of the Association of California School Administrators, who has worked with numerous school districts around the state as they have prepared strategic plans.

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