Building the Spirit of Community in Sacramento

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					Building the Spirit of Community in Sacramento

Sacramento- A Sustainable Community

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Vision Statement
Schools should be a gathering place – a place of lifelong learning, shared health and fitness facilities, and a host of other services to support community and student success and broaden school improvement and sustained community viability. 2

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Mission Statement
 Increase the number and diversity of people who access education, by creating and improving educational opportunity through partnerships with schools and community organizations.  Reconnect the Community and the Schools  Schools are the Village Centers for the Sacramento Community  Life Long Learning builds Sustainable Communities
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Goals and Objectives
Authentic community engagement to re-establish the connection between schools and communities, creating more effective schools and healthier neighborhoods.  Build Strategic Alliances with the City of Sacramento, Sacramento City Unified and Sacramento Business Community  Enhance Current Programs and Services by Strengthening and Building on Existing Relationships i.e. 4th R  Return to our Schools to the full richness of a life long learning experience
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 Enhance teaching and learning and accommodate the needs of all learners  Serve as a center of the community  Provide for community health, safety, and security  Make effective use of available resources  Develop a model that is flexible and adaptable
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Challenges facing Sacramento Today
Sacramento California U.S.

Median household income

$39,381

$51,185

$44,684

Cost of living (% of national avg)

134%

166%

100%

Unemployment

5%

5%

5%

Violent crime index (1 is lowest)

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Challenges facing Sacramento Today
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The district has been serving most of the city of Sacramento for over 150 years.. As Sacramento grew, the district grew and now is among the 10 largest school districts in California serving about 50,000 K-12 students and 20,000 adult education students. 7
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Challenges facing Sacramento Today
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The ongoing conflict between a Sacramento charter school and the district that sponsored it underscores the delicate balance of power built into the concept of "oversight," a crucial but confusing element of California's charter school law. Kit Carson Middle School is the latest target of controversy surrounding the ongoing battle about Sacramento High School. A plan to turn the middle school into a high school is of concern to hundreds of the east Sacramento middle school's neighbors, parents and teachers.

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Los Angeles Board of Education President Marlene Canter quietly traveled to Sacramento on Wednesday to discuss with state lawmakers the ongoing battle for control of the city school district. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday embraced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school takeover plan, giving the mayor a highly visible ally in his drive to gain control of the troubled regional school system.

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How Did We Get Here?
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California, the eighth richest state, spends 3.8 percent of per capita income on education, making it the 46th in that category of spending ranking. With the Serrano decision, funding for schools moved to the state level. The loss of local control has serious implications for how education is received and supported in the local community.

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Creating and Improving Educational Opportunity Through Partnerships
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Develop Parks and Recreation 4th R type fee based program for all schools Reinstituting unfunded programs such as arts, music, and physical education. All schools should have sport teams, art classes, musical training and bands, plays and dance classes. Gardening and environmental classes, cooking and nutritional classes. Learning is about your Life, damn it!

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Creating and Improving Educational Opportunity Through Partnerships
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Add a rotating service provider of city/county/state services to each school site (such as CHESS) but include other program intake agents including registration for services and payment of bills. Using technology: a laptop with various information about services and assistance with forms. Allowing the community to access governmental services in their own neighborhood reducing traffic and the need to build central facilities that require more tax dollars. Use of corporate trainers for short term classes. Use “space available” in corporate training classes Negotiate with grocery chains for nutritious discounts (i.e.fruits and veggies etc) for all people that use the school site.

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Creating and Improving Educational Opportunity
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Large scale and on going Scholastic decathlon with technology Set up wi-fi at each school site. Each site will have a minimum of 2 decathlon carts (mobile computer, camera, speakers and large LCD monitor, lights, etc.). Teams will be formed to include highest functioning students in each class. (Having some competitions outside class to remove high functioning students for period’s time allowing class size reduction and more teacher time with students that require more specialized instruction). Competitions will be intra and inter class and school. Follow the “open court” format for development of the challenges. Teams will compete for prizes with 4 separate championships one for each trimester and then the annual district play off and championship. Prizes and recognition will be base on team accomplishments for grade, school and district overall. Use of assemblies for playoffs and championships Classroom contest to include team participant’s .but allow all students to answer questions on paper and turned in at the end of competition to add to the total class score class contest to be training for all students to participate.
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Creating and Improving Educational Opportunity
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Game time Each site will develop an electronic game room for after school play. Including pc, xbox, playstation, and Nintendo games. Students can earn game room time base on academic progress.All students have a basic game room allowance but can add to it through achievement and progress. Game room will be staffed by parks and rec. Game time academic rewards could be used to purchase all fee based after school programs and use of game/computer equipment A credit card type system using bar codes and scanners to track rewards and credits with new technology these systems will be very inexpensive (RFID will be introduce in most retail stores in the next few years, old bar code systems could be obtain from community partners.

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Creating and Improving Educational Opportunity
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Use technology to reallocate professional services to the most vulnerable populations. Highly skilled teachers using cameras and internet to teach in undesirable schools locations. More help for rookie teachers with virtual mentoring.

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Provide community center type adult activities evening and weekends make use of school site Old neighborhood schools scheduled to close, become community center. Community centers continue offering preschool and kindergarten classes for neighborhood children. 16
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A Place of Lifelong Learning
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Develop a teacher training career tract program. Partnering with Americorp, CSUS, Los Rios, parks and recreation dept of City of Sacramento and Sac City. The after school and fee based components would provide for an intern program, developed and administered by CSUS. This would provide a way to subsidize teacher training and give live practical experience at school sites for 2- to 3 years while taking teacher training classes. Having the final year of training to be used for substitute teachers and to free SR teaching professionals from non teaching functions and to do mentoring and concentrated teaching to low performing and at risk students. A new site Manager position would be a component of program to allow for management training and freeing the School Principal to concentrate on Educational and Community issues

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