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Holmes Junior High School teacher Kris Harvey records her group's beliefs during Thursday morning's opening session of the Davis school district's Strategic Planning Committee. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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From page A1 | October 01, 2013 |

The Davis school district’s Strategic Planning Committee wrapped up three long days of intensive discussion on Saturday, adopting several draft documents that will go before the school board on Oct. 17 for comments by the district’s trustees and members of the public.

These documents include four strategy statements that will form the basis for research by the action teams that will be formed in late October. Interested community members are invited to participate on these action teams.

The other documents include a set of three strategic objectives, a set of seven belief statements, a set of parameters relating to the scope of the committee’s work, and a mission statement developed by the members of the 26-member Strategic Planning Committee.

The committee met for 12 hours each on Thursday and Friday and nine hours on Saturday.

The four strategies that the action teams will pursue are:

* “We will develop, implement and assess a professional development system consistent with our mission and objectives, focusing first on social-emotional intelligence, differentiated instruction and inquiry-based learning.”

* “We will develop and implement a plan for physical space and technology infrastructure required to achieve our objectives and mission.”

* “We will develop and implement a districtwide assessment system aligned with 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.”

* “We will develop and implement a system that enables each student to set and pursue academic, social and personal goals.”

The action teams will do their work between late October and early February. The Strategic Planning Committee then will reconvene to review the work of the action teams, and prepare a report that will go to the school board for consideration in March.

“It was an honor to collaborate for three days with educators, students and community members focused on advancing excellence in learning, innovation and the future of the Davis Joint Unified School District,” Superintendent Winfred Roberson said. “I’m extremely proud of the thoughtful, student-centered attention given by each Strategic Planning Committee member. This beginning committee work is monumental and will benefit both current and future (district) students.”

Anthony Martinez, a King High School student who is serving on the committee, said the three days of marathon meetings had been “an absolutely great experience. We discussed a lot of important topics and I met many great people. I am very honored to have been chosen to participate in such an important process.”

Parent Alan Fernandes, another committee member, echoed Martinez’s thoughts.

“I was honored to participate in this process; I’m proud of our district for addressing what I believe is an important issue in developing a coherent plan for the future,” Fernandes said. “And I’m proud of the work that the committee did. I’m also excited and optimistic about how our community will respond.”

Added parent Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, “I came into this process not really knowing what to expect, other than thinking it might be similar to other strategic planning processes I’ve taken part in. This was not like other strategic planning processes. What was quite amazing was that we could have such a large group of people — representing the community so well, with so many points of view — coming together and fine-tuning areas where we have common areas of interest.

“We were able to work on those areas and develop a strategy and a mission statement that I hope the community will embrace, to help our district be even better for our kids.”

Escamilla-Greenwald also praised facilitator Kathy Ohm, who works for the Association of California School Administrators.

“How many people could come in and facilitate a 34-hour, three-day discussion with 26 people from Davis who have different and passionate points of view?” she asked.

Ohm received appreciation from the full committee in the form of a standing ovation at the end of the three-day session.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffHudsonDE

 

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