The San Diego Unified School District is committed to a community-based school reform model to elevate all schools within the district to higher levels of student achievement. This model empowers teachers, students, and parents within a cluster community to improve student achievement. The premise of the community-based model is that true school reform can only be successful if built on a solid foundation across grade levels and collaboration between schools and through active parent engagement in the learning process. (From the SDUSD website)The administrators, teachers, parents and staff in the La Jolla Cluster have spent three years engaging all stakeholders and collaborating through meetings and surveys to determine what La Jolla’s educational community needs to make our already solid foundation even stronger. The final survey is the result of everyone’s hard work and it included the actual Partnership Agreement we will bring to SDUSD for review. The majority of the language in our Agreement has already been approved by the board in other Partnership Agreements. Items in our Agreement that have no history of approval will first be presented to the relevant departments at the district for review and possible revisions, therefore some language might change before we officially present to the School Board for approval.
UPDATE (June 2013):
Over 1,200 teachers, parents, administrators, staff and community members took our final survey which resulted in a 98% passage rate in favor of our Cluster Partnership Agreement. Thank you, once again, for your continued support and engagement.
As you know, one item in our agreement involves each site being able to interview all qualified applicants for a teaching position as opposed to the current contractual process where only the five most senior teachers in the district are eligible for an open position. As with any contractual item, teachers at each site would have to submit and receive a waiver from their union, the San Diego Education Association (SDEA), in order for the request to be implemented. To submit a waiver to SDEA, 66% of all the certificated employees at each site must first vote in favor of the waiver content. Despite cluster teachers at each site overwhelmingly voting in support of the proposed waiver with an average approval rate of 84%, the SDEA board denied their request.
“While we believe this waiver would have expanded the rights of teachers by allowing everyone to apply for an open position in our cluster, our sitting SDEA board unfortunately did not see it that way. Despite the disappointing outcome, we’d like to thank each and every cluster teacher for their continued support and engagement during this process,” said Julie Latta, Muirlands teacher and co-chair of the Cluster Partnership Agreement Committee.
As for the overall Partnership Agreement, cluster representatives have been asked to postpone submitting the document to the San Diego Unified School Board for approval until after our Superintendent Designate, Cindy Marten, shares her vision of Community-Based Education Reform, which should happen in early July, after she officially takes office. The district Partnership Agreement co-chair, Fran Shimp, and past Area Superintendent, Mike Price, have already met with Ms. Marten to share the history of the Agreement as well as the inclusive, transparent and unifying process that was used to craft the document. The school board’s current vision of Community-Based Education Reform is explained on the SDUSD website as: “The San Diego Unified School District is committed to a community-based school reform model to elevate all schools within the district to higher levels of student achievement. This model empowers teachers, students, and parents within a cluster community to improve student achievement. The premise of the community-based model is that true school reform can only be successful if built on a solid foundation across grade levels and collaboration between schools and through active parent engagement in the learning process.” To read more, please go to http://www.sandi.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=54.
La Jolla educators, parents and community members embraced the school board’s vision and spent three years determining how to implement the best possible educational climate in our cluster. The final agreement is very similar to the Mira Mesa High School Agreement spearheaded by Board President Evans, but instead of representing just one school, it embraces all K-12 learning in our cluster to ensure collaboration between schools. “We look forward to working with Superintendent Designate Marten and are hopeful she and the Board of Trustees will continue to view this Agreement as a collaborative partnership between cluster stakeholders and the district, and as a positive example of Community-Based Education Reform,” Shimp said.
From the District Website:
Vision 2020 (http://www.sandi.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=45)
Please click here to see a list of representatives from each school.