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