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 Strategic Planning Team Helps SDCOE Set Goals

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 buy-in.”

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.