Dear El Segundo Community, Parents, Students, Faculty and Support Staff,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! It is an honor and a privilege to serve alongside a quality team of educators who are united in their passion for El Segundo Unified School District’s mission: To provide students and the community with an optimal learning environment that prepares educated, productive, compassionate citizens to meet the challenges of a global society in the 21 st Century.
At ESUSD, we must constantly evolve in an effort to fulfill our mission. An important step in that evolution is our membership in the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. The national league is an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education and our inclusion will have a direct and positive impact on ESUSD students. ESUSD was
selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.
Now in the final year of our three-year Board of Education Goals for the Future 2015-2018, it’s important that we reflect on some of ESUSD’s key achievements in the past year while also looking forward to the development of new district goals for 2019 and beyond.
In summer 2014, I personally spoke to more than 400 stakeholders to gather feedback on ESUSD strengths, areas of improvement, programs or services that should be discontinued, and potential ideas for new programs and services in the future. This feedback became the foundation for the long-term goals that the Board of Education and I set for the District.
During this period of growth and change for ESUSD, it is extremely important that parents, community members and key stakeholders continue to play an active role as we once again embark on developing a future set of Board Goals. Consequently, our theme this year is Building a Better Future… Together. I will again be looking to you in the coming months to find out what you believe are the District’s areas of success, and what should be considered for next steps. In addition, I will be presenting information to the community regarding our facility needs outlined in the District’s Long-Range Facilities Master Plan as we consider all options to fund our future facility needs. These presentations will give me an opportunity to share information, listen to your thoughts and gather input related to the District’s goal of providing an optimum learning environment.
The landscape of public education is changing, and ESUSD continues to look for ways to improve its student learner profile through innovative teaching practices and programs. Consider this: More than 50% of jobs today require some degree of technology skills, and experts say that percentage will increase to 77% in the next decade. The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE)
identified the following new 21 st century learning skills: empowered learner, digital citizen, knowledge constructor, innovative designer, computational thinker, creative communicator and global collaborator. When they graduate, we want all ESUSD students to be fully equipped with this strong ISTE skill set so they are well prepared for college and career. ESUSD will employ Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools’ resources and collected data from tests and surveys to determine the best next steps to expand digital learning opportunities in ESUSD at the elementary and secondary levels. We know ESUSD must continually evaluate our educational processes and practices to remain relevant to students and parents.