A group of community members and San Diego County Office of
Education (SDCOE) employees spent June 17 helping to shape the Strategic Plan that will
guide SDCOE for the next five years.
The 35 people on the Strategic Planning Team met from 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. at the South County Regional Education Center to talk about
SDCOE’s Strategic Plan for 2014 to 2019.
Participants called the day “promising,” “worthwhile,”
“empowering,” “child-focused,” and “thought-provoking.”
“I think it’s a very good process,” said Yvette Klepin,
assistant chief probation officer. “When you look from the outside looking in,
it can give you a little bit different perception. It also really increases the
The meeting was a powerful way for stakeholders from
different educational organizations to work together to share resources and
support, said Dr. Joseph Johnson,
dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University.
“I think a lot of
good ideas were shared,” he said.
The ideas and collaboration will help all of the organizations support students, Johnson said.
The recommendations and discussions from the meeting will
go to the SDCOE leadership team, which will determine whether additional
strategies are needed.
Dr. Sheri Barker, who facilitated the strategic planning discussions, said the
key was to focus on where SDCOE is now and where the public would like to see
it in 2019.
“The only way to get
different outcomes is to do different things,” she said. “I’m looking for big
ideas to carry forward.”
The participants discussed what things will look like in
2019 in regards to socio-demographics, competition, economics, ecology,
politics, technology, industry, and customers. Much of the conversation
focused on the need to close the achievement gap between different groups of
students, increase graduation rates, prepare students for college and
careers, and ensure that all students have the same access
to online resources.
The Strategic Planning Team will meet each year through 2019
to review progress.