On June 20, 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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