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Board Study Session

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, the Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education met to conduct a study session on goals and strategic planning. The study session was facilitated by Jim Davis, an educator with over 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Davis, a former superintendent, principal and teacher, has served as a speaker and consultant to organizations on a variety of leadership and education related issues. His primary focus is on leadership development and coaching. During the session, board members along with staff, school personnel and the public responded to the following two questions:

What is your vision for the students served by the Baldwin Park Unified School District?
What do you want them to gain by their involvement in the system?
 
Board Staff
  • Students first in all decision making
  • Balanced decision making
  • All voices regardless of age will be heard
  • Clarity and consistency in all that we do
  • Consider individual needs of students, staff, schools
  • District/schools focused on education not fundraisers
  • Every school out of Program Improvement
  • Accountability for all stakeholders with support
  • Freedom is not free/it is something we all must work together to achieve
  • Increased teacher accountability
  • Passionate/Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Teachers that love and understand their profession
 
Physical/Environmental
  • Safe Schools
 
Social/Emotional
  • Encourage students to be all that they can be
  • Maximize the potential of all students
  • Pride in community, school and self
  • Students that know how to find and ask for help
  • Importance of “giving back” to the community and others in need
  • Accepting personal responsibility for own education
  • Students that understand and appreciate the privilege of earning a quality education
  • Students that embrace their bi-cultural identity
  • Students that feel accepted and understood
  • Healthy/drug free students
  • Ability to achieve dreams no matter what ones race/ethnicity
  • Understanding role in community (communication/collaboration)
  • Students that are having fun and enjoying the opportunity to learn
  • Sense of efficacy, accountability, active agents of positive change
  • Recognize the potential of every student without judging on past experience
 
 
Academics/Curriculum/Instruction
  • Prepare students to be college willing and ready
  • Focus on academic achievement/college preparedness/higher education
  • Create an educational environment in which college preparedness, accomplishment and excellence are the norm
  • Vocational education opportunities available for non-college bound students
  • Never too late to get a great education (adult school)
  • Establish understanding that college has something for everyone
  • Offer more college courses so that students believe they can succeed
  • Offer college courses during high school for students that may be financially unable to attend college
  • Demystify myth that money is required for college
  • Identify individual strengths and talents and utilize to help student succeed
  • Early assessment for students with special needs or disabilities
  • Provide early academic and behavior interventions
  • Promote and develop critical thinking skills in all students
  • Students that are financially literate
  • Students that are competitive with others in the community/country/world
  • Students performing at or above grade level
  • All students, particularly at the elementary level, fluent in reading, writing, and mathematics/No Excuse University
  • All students prepared for future endeavors
  • Students that understand the concept of living in a Global Society
  • Be sure students who choose become truly bilingual/bi-literate
  • Teaching to the child not to the test
  • Provide varied student experiences
  • Teaching of non-academic content/skills
  • Know each student intimately in order to motivate and educate appropriately
  • Teach time management/study skills beginning at a young age
  • Teach students to express thoughts and feelings in an educated way
  • Learning happens in many ways and places in the classroom and beyond
  • Availability of Early Career path for students
 
Parents/Community
  • Assist parents in supporting each of their children based on individual needs
  • Establish trust in educators and in the educational system
  • Provide Parent Education to assist parents in helping their children to succeed
  • Increased parent responsibility and accountability for role in child’s/children’s education
  • Provide additional resources for parents of special needs students
  • Availability of mentors that students can reach out to for inspiration (Every adult is a potential mentor/create a Community Program)
  • Motivation of students and parents – enforcement of Parent-Student Compact