What is the future of public education in Santa Clara Unified?
Under the leadership of Superintendent Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D. and a committed and supportive Board of Trustees, Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) is seeking to chart a new vision for the future of public education in our district. This vision will serve as a true ‘north star,’ guiding and aligning all of the district’s plans and innovations.
We kicked off this important work with a student summit on November 16 to share with students what the future world might look like and ask them what skills, knowledge, and mindsets they will need in order to be successful.
About 90 stakeholders — parents, students, educators, community leaders, business leaders, and elected officials — have been identified and invited by our Board of Trustees and superintendent to serve on the SCUSD Guiding Coalition. The Guiding Coalition is our visioning steering committee, tasked with contributing ideas, perspectives, expertise, and experience that will inform the creation of the district’s long-term vision through a series of design sessions, learning journeys, and community meetings. These sessions will be facilitated by Prospect Studio and will include explorations of the future of Silicon Valley and SCUSD, and the connected needs of our students, schools, and educators.
Together we will learn about the forces shaping the education landscape across the United States. We will consider the future of learning through the eyes of students, educators, and policymakers. We will identify existing seeds of transformation and visit extraordinary present-day examples, both inside and outside SCUSD. Drawing from all that we’ve learned, we will use design and innovation practices to develop a catalytic vision of success for our public schools and students — the essence of a diverse and educationally rich Santa Clara Unified School District of the future.
The Guiding Coalition members are each committing their time of roughly six to nine days over six months, including three one-and-a-half-day design sessions, one “learning journey,” one community meeting, and the community installation.
The Guiding Coalition will play a central role in designing the north star for Santa Clara Unified schools. This work will guide the decisions and actions of the school district for the next 15 years and positively impact the future for SCUSD students, and ultimately Silicon Valley itself. We are grateful for their time and consideration of our invitation to work side-by-side with us.
Guiding Coalition Design Sessions
These sessions include a Friday evening and all day Saturday commitment from every Guiding Coalition member on the days below. The locations are in Santa Clara, California.
Friday, November 22, 2019, 5 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, January 10, 2020, 5 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020, 5 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In-person learning journeys took place for Guiding Coalition members over two weekdays during the two-week window of December 2 through December 17. Guiding Coalition members had the opportunity to participate in an in-person “learning journey” to see and experience leading-edge ideas in play within and outside of education in order to learn from others, stimulate fresh ideas, and gain inspiration related to reimagining the public education ecosystem in Silicon Valley.
The virtual learning journey is a self-guided exploration of a specially created website containing videos, links, and articles. Please visit our learning journey website. The virtual learning journey is available to the entire community and takes between one to three hours to explore.
There will be several community meetings and surveys designed to elicit broader community input into developing our vision.
November and December
A whole community event will include multiple opportunities and ways for attendees to participate. This will be a fun, interactive drop-in event and we would love for you to join us, whether you have thirty minutes or two hours to spend with us. Refreshments, snacks, childcare, and Spanish interpreters will be provided. View the invitation news item or the invitation flyer for more information.
- December 11, 5 to 8 p.m. at Cabrillo Middle School in the Multipurpose Room (map and directions)
Targeted student, family, staff, and community groups
- Student Summit | November 16, 2 - 4 p.m. at Mission College in the Hospitality Management Building
- Family Resource Center Community | December 9, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Educational Options Campus in the Family Resource Center
- Middle, High, and Alternative School Students | Week of December 9 with more than 27 groups of students
- Superintendent's Student Council | December 10
- Alviso Community | December 18, 6 - 7 p.m. at Mayne Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room
- Special Education Community | December 18, 6 - 7 p.m. at Wilson High School in Room Q6
- Take our survey from December 16 - 22 if you were not able to join us at one of our meetings or you would like to add to the thoughts you've already shared with us.
A whole community event will include multiple opportunities and ways for attendees to participate. This will be a fun, interactive drop-in event and we would love for you to join us, whether you have thirty minutes or two hours to spend with us. Refreshments, snacks, childcare, and Spanish interpreters will be provided.
- February 8, 1 - 3 p.m. at Santa Clara High School in the Gymnasium (map and directions)
Targeted student, family, staff, and community groups
- Student Summit | TBD
- Family Resource Center Community | February 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Educational Options Campus in the Family Resource Center
- Middle, High, and Alternative School Students | Week of February 9 at various locations
- Superintendent's Student Council | February 11
- Alviso Community | February 12, 6 - 7 p.m. at Mayne Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room
- Special Education Community | Week of February 9 to be determined
Dates and times of events will be updated on this webpage and communicated out to the community as they are scheduled.
On March 28, 2020, at the district’s annual STEAM Expo, we will present our draft vision to the public for final feedback. Guiding Coalition members attend this event for one hour to serve as a representative of the Guiding Coalition’s work.
Core Team Purpose: To coordinate and facilitate the design and delivery of a stakeholder engaged visioning process and to provide operational and logistical support to the execution of the visioning sessions. The members:
Dr. Stella M. Kemp, Superintendent
Joe Ayala, Director, Information Technology
Jim Bakos, Director, Maintenance, Grounds, Operations
Julie Beadell, Coordinator, Career Technical Education
Brenda Carrillo, Director, Adult Education and Educational Options
Jennifer Dericco, Director, Public Relations, Public Information Officer
Rob Griffin, Coordinator, Student Services
Kevin Keegan, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
Kathy Marek, Coordinator, Health and Wellness
Andrew Lucia, Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development
Steve Neese, Manager, Partnerships
Trish Ringel, Director, Elementary Education
Cory Sanfilippo, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Laurie Stapleton, Director, Secondary Education
Tammy Tea, Manager, Purchasing
Shehnaz Wadhwania, Principal, Elementary School
Executive Sponsors for Vision Process: Dr. Michele Ryan, Board President; Dr. Stella M. Kemp, Superintendent
Project Managers for Vision Process: Sonya Lopes and Fiona Hovenden, Prospect Studio