Several teams at the San Diego County Office of Education
have come together to help ensure students are ready for college and careers by
the time they finish high school.
The new College and Career Readiness Unit includes members
from Instruction and Curriculum, English Learner Support Services, Career
Technical Education and Extended Learning.
Having the teams work together will help educators
throughout the county transform the way students are taught with an eye on
college and career readiness beginning with transitional kindergarten, said
Scott Sypkens, executive director of the new unit.
“People have a lot of thoughts about where they might go
with this change and they’re excited about it,” he said.
The new unit also creates a perfect opportunity to support
districts with transitioning to the new Common Core State Standards, which call
for all students to be ready for college and career while emphasizing critical
thinking, creativity and problem solving, said Debbie Beldock, assistant
superintendent of Learning and Leadership Services.
The changes in the Learning and Leadership Services Division
took place July 1, although they have been in the works for about a year. Previously,
Career Technical Education had been part of the Student Services and Programs
Division. The Extended Learning Unit, which supports before- and after-school
programs across the county, also moved from Student Support Services to
Learning and Leadership Services about a year ago.
Employees from the different teams are excited about working
together and share knowledge, said Steve Pinning, senior director overseeing
career technical education.
We have the synergy of several great teams coming together
with the potential to do extraordinary work,” he said. “We are now in a position
to work side-by-side to revolutionize the school experience for San Diego