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Board Briefs - Jan. 14, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 (the full agenda packet can be found here).

Board hears update on district’s equity efforts

San Juan Unified established the Department of Equity and Student Achievement in 2015 to help build a systemic, sustainable culture that is inclusive, empowering and culturally responsible. Since 2015, the department has offered professional learning opportunities each year for staff, provided opportunities for students through offering the PSATs for free and increasing AP/IB course access, developed student leadership groups to increase student voice, incorporated community partners through mentoring and explored workforce diversity. 

This year, the team has sought to expand practices across the system by expanding social justice efforts, establishing equity liaisons across the district and providing site-level support around climate and culture. 

Specifically, the district has worked with the Alliance for the Study of School Climate to take a closer look at the school climate at five schools thus far. One of these schools, Will Rogers Middle School, shared their experience with data gathering and how they have used the climate assessment to focus their efforts. In particular, the school has established an advocacy class that incorporates topics and clubs that students are passionate about. 

The full presentation is available.


Draft strategic framework shared with board

San Juan Unified is in the process of developing a new strategic framework and a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The strategic framework development process began in Sept. 2019 with the convening of a task force representative of the diverse San Juan Unified community of schools. The task force created questions for a broader stakeholder engagement process to gather information to develop the framework. Input from this stakeholder engagement effort was used to develop the draft strategic framework during the final task force, which convened in November. 

The draft framework, which includes a mission statement, shared values and focus areas, is available for review.


In other news...

  • Students from La Entrada, El Sereno and Meraki High School provided the board with high school reports. 

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.