Community Turns Out To Discuss Accountability and Success In Schools

posted Feb 7, 2014, 11:15 AM by BHC Staff   [ updated Feb 14, 2014, 8:58 AM ]
On Tuesday night more than 135 students, parents, teachers, and community members filled the Cultural Center to hear key points from a report sharing the Del Norters’ thoughts on school success voiced during a community forum in November, learn more about current Del Norte Unified School District efforts to improve school climate and grown career and technical education opportunities and to understand more about the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). 

Terry Uyeki from the California Center for Rural Policy reported that having a school climate that favors students being ready and able to learn, incentives, alternative teaching methods and life and vocational skills where areas the community though important to support students being engaged in school and areas that are missing form education in Del Norte (see the report here).  

Communication, a welcoming environment and supports like childcare, translation and transportation were identified as necessary for ensuring that parents are engaged and involved in decision-making to support their students. Understanding the best ways to engage students and parents is critical for student success and vital for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan.

In the coming months the school district is required to create an LCAP that includes information about the goals, services and spending plan that address the needs of all students. The LCAP should reflect local needs, local approached and local conversations. Forum participants discussed in small groups the most important things the school district should be considering when it begins to engage the community in the LCAP process, and highlighted the need for meetings to meet families where they are and the importance of relationships and personal invitations. 

In addition to learning about the LCAP, forum participants heard from principals and teachers at elementary schools improving school climate – and reducing the number of suspensions – through the implementation of Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS); and teachers and former students from the career and technical education department at Del Norte High School. The former students shared how their school career tech experience has helped them secure and excel in local jobs.

For a copy of the Summary Community Recommendations School Success Express Community Forum stop by our office or download a copy below.