21st CENTURY LEARNING: Preparing students for an evolving world

Wendy S. Tukloff, Ed.D., Superintendent/Pacifica School District
Wendy S. Tukloff, Ed.D., Superintendent/Pacifica School District
A message from Pacifica School District’s Superintendent, Wendy S. Tukloff, Ed.D. (March 2014)

As the saying goes, one who fails to plan, plans to fail.  Pacifica School District has embraced this notion through the development of the PSD Strategic Plan:  21st Century Learning; Preparing students for an evolving world. 

We are now being charged by the State to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that aligns with our Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) the new State funding model for school districts.  We look upon the LCAP as a great opportunity to strengthen the alignment of our work to ensure success for all students.

In the Fall of 2013, we began the development of the plan by reviewing data and gaining input from various stakeholders who include:  parents, community, and district.  There are eight State Priorities in three core areas that the plan must support:

Conditions of Learning

v  (Priority 1) Basic:  Focused on teacher credentialing, pupil access to standards-aligned instructional materials, and school facilities that are maintained in good repair

v  (Priority 2) Implementation of State Standards, including focus on supporting English learners

v  (Priority 7) Course Access:  Evidence of students being enrolled in a broad course of study that includes all of the subject areas – science, social science, physical education, visual and performing arts, and world languages as applicable 

Pupil Outcomes

v  (Priority 4) Pupil Achievement as measured by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress the California English Language Development Test

v  (Priority 8) Other Pupil Outcomes in the subject areas described as broad course of study


v  (Priority 3) Parent involvement, inclusive of efforts to seek parent input in decision making, promotion of parent participation in programs for unduplicated pupils and special need subgroups

v  (Priority 5) Pupil engagement as measured by school attendance rates, chronic absenteeism rates, middle school dropout rates, high school dropout rates, high school graduations rates

v  (Priority 6) School climate as measured by student suspension rates, student expulsion rates, other local measures including surveys of students, parents and teachers on the sense of safety and school connectedness

Our current work is to finalize the district goals and to work on the State provided template.  The LCAP is to be approved by the Pacifica School District Board of Trustees by the June 18, 2014 meeting.  

We will provide updates to the progress of the LCAP development at Board meetings during the CCSS Implementation Update agenda item.  

Interested parties may provide input during this portion of the meeting or contact Tina Van Raaphorst, Director, Special Projects via email at tvanraaphorst@pacificasd.org or (650) 738-6600.

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