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Ojai Unified approves goals for 2020-21

GOALSAustin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter

The Ojai Unified School District Board “enthusiastically and unanimously approved” the district’s board goals for the 2020-21 school year at its Oct. 14 meeting.

The board has seven overarching goals, each of which is broken down in detail. The summary of each of the seven, in short, is as follows:

— Student achievement: We will provide an environment where students make academic progress; and each and every student will learn at high levels.

— Whole-child: We will focus on a comprehensive approach to the overall social, emotional, mental and physical health of students.

— Innovation: We will create innovative learning environments for students, teachers and all OUSD staff.

— Equity: We will ensure that gender, ethnic origin, family or economic background are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.

— Community values: We will reflect our community’s values, and create processes that meaningfully engage feedback, support and participation from our stakeholders.

— Facilities: Our facilities will be safe, aesthetically pleasing and reflect a positive learning environment for students, staff and community members.

— Fiscal health.

OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse said: “I just added fiscal health as a category. I didn’t make measurable objectives because this year the fiscal picture for the future is very uncertain. Since these are tied to my evaluation, I feel like it would potentially not be fair to say I’m going to do X, Y and Z with regards to fiscal health when I can’t control that and don’t even have a starting place.”

Board Vice President Jane Weil said: “Although this says board goals, they were really fleshed out and created by you, Tiffany. I really appreciate that work. It’s pretty phenomenal. It’s innovative the way you’ve been innovating a lot of things for us this year, and it pushes our boundaries. I think that’s exciting. I don’t want it to be, ‘Oh these are easy to obtain!’ Hopefully, we set goals that are high and lofty, and sometimes we won’t reach them. I think it’s important to have some we don’t reach.”

Morse said, the goals are really a strategic plan for the district that’s in place. “My goal is to, now that we have these … to really map out what does this look like,” Morse said. “What are we doing monthly, and when are our check-ins and all of those kinds of things.”

Board member Michael Shanahan said the goals are reflective of the board’s values. We’ve been asking for a long time for a roadmap for improvement and innovation, and a long time we’re hearing that’ll be hard,” Shanahan said. “So thank you (Morse) for doing the hard work.”

 

The goals are discussed further in the information on the Oct. 14 OUSD board agenda that can be viewed at: www.drive.google.com/file/d/1Z_VjC2v0myDrRr2ieJl7qPbz6KixTAtJ/view.

 

With the acronyms spelled out, the listed goals the board discussed are:

 

 

Innovation
We will create innovative learning environments for students, teachers, and all OUSD staff.

1. All families will have access to the internet

Measurable Objective: Surveys, online learning analytics

2. Expand extended learning opportunities, adding at least one new club or program at each school site.

Measurable Objective: New clubs or programs are advertised and available to students. Report to the Board on progress.

3. Continue with the expansion of 1:1 devices (chromebooks, WiFi hotspots, etc.) for students.

Measurable Objective: Device inventory. Device deployment and replacement schedule included in Technology plan.

4. Refine career technical education (CTE) pathways and create capstone activities in at least three pathways.

Measurable Objective: Apply for funds from:

• California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG — https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r17/cteig19rfa.asp),

• Schoolwide Program (SWP — https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/sw/t1/schoolwideprograms.asp),

• Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP — https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/profile.asp?id=5525

At least 25 students participate in pilot internship program with educational stipend.

5. Refine and market flexible options for families including Summit, Matilija Online and Nordhoff Online (https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/enrollment)

 

Measurable Objective: Develop baseline enrollment data. Submit for (accreditation body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) WASC approval at Summit. Create marketing and promotional materials.

6. Consider plans for expansion of arts, science technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs.

Measurable Objective: Report to the Board on progress.

Reflecting Community Values


We will reflect our community's values and create processes that meaningfully engage feedback, support and participation from our stakeholders

1. Engage at least one Guiding Coalition ((https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/chs/article/149477) ) to advise on a strategic plan on one of our four identified community values.

Measurable Objective: Strategic plan presented to the Board.

2. Develop and engage a Parent Advisory Committee.

Measurable Objective: Monthly Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Parent Advisory Committee. review of Local Control and Accountability Plan, Learning Continuity Plan (https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/lc/), other district initiatives. Receive monthly feedback from Parent Advisory Committee to inform practices.

3. Support established nonprofit groups such as PTOs (parent teacher organizations, PTAs (parent teacher associations), and OEF (nonprofit Ojai Education Foundation https://www.ojaied.org/#/ ).

Measurable Objective: Regular engagement with groups from site principals or superintendent. 

4. Increase engagement with the community on social media.

Measurable Objective: 20% increase in page follows and engagements.

Facilities

Our facilities will be safe, aesthetically pleasing, and will reflect a positive learning environment for students, staff and community members


1. Survey students on each campus at least twice. Track growth on vision question: “It feels good to be here” and qualitative responses.

Measurable Objective: Scores on student survey will improve between the first and second survey

2. Conduct a site walk with principal and maintenance staff before school, back to school, and open house to identify areas for improvement.

Measurable Objective: Track improvements to sites and completion of identified areas for improvement.

3. Create a safe campus environment on each site, meeting COVID-19 health and safety protocols from the City of Ojai, Ventura County Public Health, and reopening committee recommendations.

Measurable Objective: Report to the Board on progress

4. Use the principles of “Designing for Joy” (https://www.ted.com/talks/ingrid_fetell_lee_where_joy_hides_and_how_to_find_it?language=en) when developing new projects on campus. Involve key stakeholders in design processes including, teachers, classified staff, parents, and students.

Measurable Objective: Report to the Board on progress

5. Identify and prioritize improvements that can be made to spaces regularly used by the community.

Measurable Objective: Report to the Board on progress

6. Perform a work-study for grounds, maintenance and custodial departments. Define job duties and priorities, calculate time to perform actions, and create a general plan that can be followed with clear expectations of work to be performed and how long it should take.

Measurable Objective: Creation of procedure manual for key jobs

7. Implement components of the school safety audit where possible.

Measurable Objective: Report to the Board on Safety progress

Student Achievement

We will provide an environment where students make academic progress and each and every student will learn at high levels.


1. All staff will participate in Professional Learning Community (PLC — https://edsource.org/glossary/professional-learning-community) work to identify essential standards for each grade level and subject.

Measurable objective: Documentation of essential standards. Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) scores in English language arts and mathematics.

2. Implement education program called Levered (https://www.levered.com) in 3, 4, and 5th grade math.

Measurable objective: Student participation data, Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) mathematics scores.

3. Implement the RAFT reading program (https://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/raft) at all elementary schools to address early literacy skills.

Measurable objective: All RAFT students will increase their reading scores by more than one grade level.

4. Implement Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program (https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/gt/) at each site by 2022-23 school year.

Measurable objective: At least five elementary teachers will receive GATE certification.

5. Implement a consistent, quality distance learning program in grades 2-12.

Measurable objectives: Student participation data, student surveys

 

Whole-child (https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/lcff1sys-resources.asp)

We will focus on a comprehensive approach to the overall social, emotional, mental and physical health of students

1. Continue to develop and manage Family Fund as a source of assistance for families and students in need.

Measurable objectives: Increase the number of donors and partners. Report to the Board on funds raised and families served. 

2. Continue to train and implement Restorative Justice practices (https://www.vcoe.org/Leadership-Support-Services/Restorative-Justice).

Measurable objective: Counselors, interns, or administrators will model community building circles at each site. Restorative Justice practices will be used at each site. Annual student survey data.

3. Provide mental health services to students.

Measurable objectives: Report to the Board on mental health services provided over the 2020-21 school year. Annual student survey data. 

 

4. Begin parent support groups facilitated by mental health clinician and marriage and family interns.

Measurable objective: Provide weekly service options to parents.

5. Continue to work with and develop the Guiding Coalition (https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/chs/article/149477) on Inclusion to guide and assist the district in developing inclusive practices for all students.

Measurable objective: Report to the Board on Guiding Coalition outcomes. Webpage with updated inclusive practices.

 

Equity

We will ensure that gender, ethnic origin, family or economic background, are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.


1. Continue to work through the Guiding Coalition on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as other stakeholder groups, to develop a strategic plan for equity initiatives.

Measurable objective: Strategic Plan for Equity Initiatives in place by the end of the 2020-21 school year.

2. In partnership with community groups and stakeholders, develop a bank of teacher resources for culturally appropriate approaches to holidays and celebrations including Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr, Day, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and others.

Measurable objective: Report to the board on progress

3. Provide translation of all messages and documents delivered through the school system.

Measurable objective: Sampling of message and documents to determine the degree of fidelity

4. Pilot a professional development training or program for teachers on developing Culturally Inclusive Educational Materials and Curriculum Design, working toward implementation of the FAIR Act (https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/senatebill48faq.asp).

Measurable objective: Report to the Board on progress

5. Conduct an equity review of achievement and opportunity gaps for student subgroups through a collaborative framework, and work with teachers and stakeholders to develop a plan of action for necessary improvements.

Measurable objective: Local Control and Accountability Plan, Special Education Plan, Single-School Plans

 

 

 

 

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