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 JCCS Staff Discuss Goals, Strategies

More than 200 educators and administrators with Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) gathered June 19 to talk about the future and come up with specific strategies for achieving the long-term goals.

Each participant was asked to think of five ideas that will help them reach the goals set out in the student services section of the San Diego County Office of Education's Local Control and ​Accountability Plan.

“We have to have a common purpose, a common language, and a common understanding of what the work is,” said Stacy Spector, JCCS executive director.

Spector asked the educators to help reframe JCCS’ values and beliefs, consider ways to build capacity for teaching and leadership, and reimagine the plan to grow the program’s portfolio of schools.

In addition to the JCCS educators, there were also employees from each of the county office's other divisions at the meeting, which was held at NTC in Liberty Station. This highlights the spirit of collaboration at SDCOE, as different divisions have worked together to improve the facilities and education for students in the schools.

​​Juvenile Court and Community Schools provide a fully-accredited educational program for school-age youth who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation, or one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County. Services are provided to incarcerated youth, pregnant minors, foster youth, expelled teens, chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and homeless youth.

JCCS serves about 12,000 students per year with 50 schools that are split between two networks that cover the entire county.