SCUSD Strategic Plan Update January 28 2011

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					January 28, 2011
Note on format: On the last working Friday of the month, the Board Update will be focused
on Strategic Plan 2010-2014: Putting Children First implementation projects.

Pillar One: Career- and College-Ready Students

Early Kinder Project Update

The Early Kinder Project was approved to move forward to research the feasibility of expansion
for the 2011-2012 school year. To achieve this task, an advisory committee was formed
consisting of 21 members including: four Early Kinder site principals, four Early Kinder site
teachers, four Early Kinder parents, and nine district site/department representatives. The first
Early Kinder Advisory Committee meeting was held on January 19, 2011 at the Serna Center.
The committee is charged with addressing the following key strategies:
        Offer parents, students, families, an Early Kinder program within their school
        Create supportive services to encourage parents, students, and school site’s
        participation to overcome obstacles associated with new school program
        Develop a communiqué designed to inform parents, students, families, and community
        members for Early Kinder
        Develop a system to assess student readiness and monitor student achievement

The information gleaned from the committee will be used to determine the scope of the

Although in its infancy, our program is already attracting attention. Preschool California is in the
process of gathering input from early adopters of transitional kindergarten to help promote
future development throughout our state. On Wednesday, February 2, field representatives
from Preschool California and legislative analyst and City Councilman Kevin McCarty will visit
Theodore Judah Elementary School. Our visitors’ main focus will be to view this site’s Early
Kinder Program and see this transitional kindergarten class in action. Our visitors will meet with
the site administrator and district representatives to discuss the successes, challenges and
lessons learned from our district’s Early Kinder Pilot Program. Results of this visit will also aid in
informing the scope of the expansion.

Dr. Olivine Roberts is the executive sponsor and project owner. John Conway is the project manager.
Pillar Two: Family and Community Engagement

Project: Family/Parent Academy
The Family Academy Project is designed to provide parents with workshops, classes and family
learning activities that will help parents support their children’s education. It is envisioned as
a clearinghouse for learning opportunities being offered to parents and their families by our
district staff and outside partners.

A key component of the Family Academy will be the Parents As Partners in Schools workshop
series. This program will be offered by the Office of School, Family and Community
Partnerships. The program recruits parents who have little experience with schools and takes
them through a process of empowerment that prepares them to become leaders in their
children’s school. The program will start in three Superintendent’s Priority Schools in mid-
February; it will start in mid-March in the remaining three Priority Schools. Selection of the
three first Priority Schools to participate will be made next week. The program will be opened
to other schools in the district beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.

The goals of the program are: (1) to help parents become effective advocates for their child’s
educational needs, (2) to help parents develop effective and positive collaborative relationships
with their child’s school, (3) and to help build school capacity for parent leadership that will
contribute the success of their child’s school.

The curriculum consists of the following eight highly interactive workshops that last two hours
each: (1) What Do You Expect of Your Child? (2) Why is Education Important?, (3) The Home
Connection, (4) School Structure, (5) What Does Parental Involvement Really Mean? (5) The
Importance of Home-School Communication, (6) Organizing Parent Networks, (7) Group
Dynamics, (8) An Effective Facilitator. The program ends with a graduation attended by the
school principal, the parent’s children and other guests.

Koua Franz is the executive sponsor and project owner. Manuel Guillot is the project manager.

Pillar Three: Organizational Transformation

Project: Administrator Effectiveness
Work continued on developing a definition of highly effective administrators as the Student
Advisory Committee and District-wide PTA were surveyed on this critical topic. All of the SCUSD
advisory groups will have the opportunity to contribute and provide feedback. The
development of the definition of effective leadership will also inform the design of the SCUSD
Administrator Academy, which is scheduled to welcome the first cohort in the summer of 2011.
The goals in engaging in this work center on ensuring that there are clearly defined, measurable
language that provide guidance for the growth, development and expectations for

Robert Garcia is the executive sponsor and project owner. Cancy McArn is the project manager.

Project: Safety and Security
The Gang Resisting Educated And Talented (GREAT) Kids! Program, a partnership with the Boys
& Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, gets underway on Monday, January 31. The program,
announced at a press conference with various District partners on January 11, combines
professional mentoring and positive, structured after-school activities for fourth- through sixth-
grade students referred by courts, police, schools, parents and other agencies.

(GREAT) Kids! is funded by the U.S Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and
administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento is
one of only 10 club organizations nationwide selected to implement the program, which is
made possible through a $325,000 federal grant.

Twenty-five students from each of four participating schools – a total of 100 kids – will
participate in the program, which gets underway at the end of this month. Students from
Jedediah Smith and Washington elementary schools will be transported each school day to the
Boys & Girls Club’s Raley Branch at 12th and G streets. South Sacramento students will be
picked up from Peter Burnett and Elder Creek elementary schools and transported to the club’s
Teichert Branch on Lemon Hill Avenue.

At the clubs, students will be assigned to case managers who will work one-on-one with
students, parents and teachers. Case managers will visit students’ classrooms during the school
day and conduct home visits. Students’ grades, attendance and behavior will be monitored and
tracked for 18 months.

The program – called Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach (GPTTO) elsewhere -- has
already been proven to work in other communities. An independent evaluation conducted by
Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) of 21 Boys & Girls Clubs from 1997 to 1999 found that targeted
youth attributed a number of positive outcomes to their association with the clubs, including
improved academic performance, less contact with the juvenile justice system and more
productive use of out-of-school time.

Mary Shelton is the executive sponsor and project owner. Sonja Stires is the project manager.

Project: Healthy Foods Task Force
Nutrition Services is expanding efforts to locally source produce and grains for use with the “Go
Green. Eat Fresh” Garden Salad Bars and to establish relationships with additional growers for
pears, carrots, stone fruits, asparagus and rice. In addition, the department is continuing to
install the garden/salad bars in schools. Schools with garden/salad bars so far are: Abraham
Lincoln, CB Wire, Cesar Chavez, Earl Warren, Edward Kemble, Ethel Phillips, Fern Bacon, Father
Keith B. Kenny, Freeport, Genevieve Didion, Hiram Johnson, Hubert Bancroft, Jedediah Smith,
Luther Burbank, Links Academy, Mark Hopkins, New Technology, O. W. Erlewine, Oak Ridge,
Peter Burnett, Will C. Wood and the independent charter Yav Pem Suab.

Also, last week, Nutrition Services was awarded six salad bar grants which included a donation
from Whole Foods Market in Sacramento of salad bars and equipment, expected to arrive in
the next four weeks. The schools awarded these $3,000 grants are:

       Bret Harte
       Ethel I. Baker
       John Cabrillo
       Elder Creek
       Will C. Wood
       Sam Brannan

Marketing of new secondary school lunch menu items continued. On January 12,
Communications and Nutrition Services staff coordinated three “Good Day Sacramento” live
segments featuring Chef John Bays preparing Asian beef lettuce wraps, Cajun turkey roast with
rosemary red potatoes and green beans and barbecued pulled pork sandwiches– all utilizing the
commodity items from USDA Foods.

On January 19 and 21, Nutrition Services sponsored a two-day garden workshop called,
“Nutrition Education from the Ground Up” at Theodore Judah Elementary. About 30
participants received garden start-up kits and garden-based lessons in science, writing and
socials studies, along with start-up seeds and garden material. The goal of the workshops was
to enhance nutrition education offered at the schools through the development and use of
school gardens. School gardens provided a unique opportunity for kids to learn about the
environment while also prompting them to make healthier food choices through outdoor
nutrition education. The garden at the school was used for hands-on activities and provided a
working model with discussions on how to include garden education in district and school site
wellness policies.

Patty Hagemeyer is the executive sponsor and project owner. Marc Lemieux is the project manager.
 Superintendent’s Calendar

 Monday, January 31                              Thursday, February 3

8:00 a.m.    Retreat Day with Cabinet               7:30 a.m.   State of our Schools Breakfast
                                                    9:00 a.m.   President Alexander Gonzalez,
                                                   11:00 a.m.   Jerry Behrens, Meeting
                                                   12:00 p.m.   Robert Garcia, Meeting
                                                   12:30 p.m.   Dan Kazir and Ellyne Bell, Meeting
 Tuesday, February 1
                                                    2:00 p.m.   Donald Terry, Meeting

 8:00 a.m.   School Visits                          5:00 p.m.   Board Meeting, Closed Session

11:15 a.m.   Darryl Jenkins, Meeting                6:30 p.m.   Board Meeting, Open Session

 1:00 p.m.   Jonathan Travers, Conference Call
 3:00 p.m.   Patty Hagemeyer, Meeting
                                                 Friday, February 4
 4:00 p.m.   Gabe Ross, Meeting
 6:30 p.m.   SCOE Board Meeting                     8:00 a.m.   School Visits
                                                    8:30 a.m.   CORE Board, Conference Call
                                                   12:00 p.m.   Cabinet Meeting
 Wednesday, February 2

 7:30 a.m.   Gustavo Arroyo, Meeting
 8:30 a.m.   Interview with McClatchy Student
11:45 a.m.   Paul Hill, Conference Call

 1:00 p.m.   Mary Shelton, Meeting

 2:00 p.m.   Olivine Roberts, Meeting

 3:00 p.m.   Board Meeting Time

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