Arcadia Unified in southern California is a destination school district heavily focused on preparing its 10,000 students for Ivy League post secondary opportunities. The District’s parent community is highly motivated and expects to be involved in the decisions that affect their children’s education.
Multi-lingual platform engages thousands in genuine, two-way dialogue
With nearly 30,000 students in 45 schools, Chula Vista Elementary School District is the largest K-6 district in the state of California. In 2014, the challenges of engaging a community of its size intensified with the introduction of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The state-mandated funding plan requires meaningful input from all stakeholder groups.
Iowa's Linn-Mar CSD in Iowa faced challenges to efficiently obtain community input and feedback. The district also needed a new strategic plan. To make the planning process as public and transparent as possible, Linn-Mar CSD incorporated community dialogue tools to discover the broad themes that were important to the staff, parents and community.
Joshua Powell is something of a turnaround expert. In his first administrative role at Cloverport (Ky.) Independent, he achieved the highest gains on record in one year, rising in the rankings from 165 to 55, and finally to 9. Then he went to Union County and turned that district around, going from 161 to 52 in three years. Now, he’s leading a team that has taken the Montgomery County Schools from 131 to 47 in one year—and is on track to be in the top 10 by the end of this year. Here’s how he’s doing it.
Ralph Cadwallader, executive director of the Nevada Association of School Administrators, is retiring effective Sept. 30, 2012 after serving for 14 years. Elizabeth Fraser, formerly assistant executive director of NASA, has been named executive director effective October 1. The District spoke with both about the association and what still needs to be done.