Strategic Plan


 Strategic Plan Refresh 2022-23


Our Strategic Plan was written in 2013. Many elements like Whole Child, Project Based- Learning and the 5 C’s were ahead of their time and continue to inform our teaching and learning. However, much has changed since 2013 and we must evaluate how to educate future-ready learners. Our process will involve workshops, surveys, stakeholder meetings and a design team process.

Your input will be invaluable to co-create a resulting roadmap to inform next steps for our learners. We want to hear from you, so here are upcoming opportunities to share your feedback:

  • Complete our new strategic planning survey online before December 15 (deadline extended). The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is available in Spanish and English:
  • Attend one of our in-person community meetings to learn more about the strategic planning process, receive an update on recently collected input, and join us for real-time brainstorming as we think together about future opportunities for SCSD and our students. Light refreshments will be served. To join us for a live session, please click here to RSVP and select from the following:
    • Wednesday, October 26 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm - Arroyo Upper Elementary Learning Commons
    • Thursday, November 3 - 8:45 - 10:15 am - Tierra Linda Middle School Multi-Use Room
    • Wednesday, November 30 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Ravenswood YMCA (550 Bell St., East Palo Alto) **habrá traducción simultánea**
    • Tuesday, December 13 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Arundel Elementary Elementary Multi-Use Room 

All feedback will be brought back and considered by a Design Team to represent the thinking across all interested groups, identify themes, and revise the objectives and directions regarding Teaching and Learning, Social Emotional Learning and Learning Spaces.


SCSD Strategic Plan: 3 Main Pillars

  1. Developing and delivering innovative and engaging curriculum and instruction;
  2. Leveraging human capital to support staff as 21st century educators;
  3. Building learning environments that reflect, support, and sustain 21st century learners. 





Site and district leaders began the discovery phase in June 2022

JUNE – SEPT 2022

OCT – MAR 2022

APR - JUNE 2023




Review Prior Analysis & Determine Future State

Define Road Map for Strategic Plan Development

Review and Refine Strategic Plan for Final Adoption


Discovery Phase Part 1: What in the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan is Evergreen?

The following are universally relevant for SCSD education:

  • Educating the Whole Child
  • Personalizing learning
  • Staying innovative to create future-ready students
  • Implementing the 5 C’s (8 C’s)
  • Infusing project-based learning and STEM/STEAM
  • Climate readiness
  • Incorporating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Discovery Phase Part II: REIMAGINE the future & close gaps

Learner Driven Venn Diagram

What does the future require of us? What are the areas of friction? And how will we close those gaps?

  Strategic Planning Design Team Image
Meetings - Outreach




Engagement - Visioning

Management Team


Engagement - Visioning

Management Team


Engagement - Visioning

Visioning Session 1 - PTACC


Engagement - Visioning

Staff Intro to Process & Invite to Meetings


Engagement - Visioning

Staff & Community Survey - English | Spanish


Engagement - Visioning

Community Intro to Process & Invite to Meetings


Engagement - Kick Off

Steering Committee Meeting No. 1 - Kick-Off


Engagement - Community

Session 1 - SCEF


Engagement - Community

Session 2 - Arroyo Community Meeting


Engagement - Community

Session 3 - PTACC


Engagement - Community

Session 4 - Tierra Linda Community Meeting


Engagement - Community

Session 5 - Arundel Community Meeting


Engagement - Community

Session 6 - East Palo Alto




2013-2022 Current Strategic Plan


In June 2013 the San Carlos School Board passed a groundbreaking Strategic Plan that examines how to re-think public education for the 21st Century. This plan outlines the vision, strategy, direction and goals of SCSD and was created over a period of two years in collaboration with District staff and community members. While it is written as a five-year plan, it is intended to be an evolving, living document, and so will be reviewed and altered annually, as appropriate.

In October 2015 the Board unanimously approved revisions to the Strategic Plan.  The Strategic Plan is accompanied by the District’s Facility Master Plan along with the Implementation Plan and various school site plans. The Strategic Plan is centered around three main pillars:
1. Developing and delivering innovative and engaging curriculum and instruction
  • Implementing Common Core standards and leveraging powerful 21st century approaches such as blended learning, technology-infused project based learning, STEM, and design and innovation learning
  • Creating greater emphasis on a relevant, real-world, global curriculum with expanded choices and electives, — with a continued emphasis on the arts — integrating environmental stewardship, equity and justice, and related topics into the curriculum and an expansion of physical, social, and emotional wellness programs.
  • Focusing on problem-solving, collaboration, critical-thinking skills with a personalized approach to learning that ignites students’ passions.
  • Experimenting with “blurring the lines of time and place” so that the community becomes the classroom.
2.  Leveraging human capital to support staff as 21st century educators
  • Pursuing a path to more greatly professionalize the role of the educator by providing a greater level of autonomy, responsibility, and support
  • Building robust professional development for staff, creating time for collaboration, using professional learning communities, and having social-based forums for staff collaboration
  • Expanding the definition of “educator” to include larger community-based and worldwide resources, including parents, other community members, and experts from afar, all integrated into the curriculum.
  • Establishing a new system of evaluation for all staff based on professional growth, coaching and mentoring
  • Creating a new system of career paths, roles, and compensation that reflect the professional nature of our staff and the reality of our borderless environment
3. Building learning environments that reflect, support, and sustain 21st century learners
    • Implementing the Facilities Master Plan, which includes the building of two new schools with flexible learning and collaboration spaces for students and educators
    • Establishing learning spaces as sustainable and natural environments
    • Ensuring spaces have robust technology infrastructure and flexibility to provide capacity for one-to-one computing and a platform for district wide collaboration and sharing
Click here to download the complete Strategic Plan.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (650) 580-7333.