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District Priorities

District Priorities 2017-18

To ensure NMUSD neighborhood schools are the first choice of students and parents, we are committed to “Inspire Students and Enrich Communities.” These district priorities were developed within a comprehensive and aligned system of initiatives that support student learning from Pre-Kindergarten to beyond graduation. These priorities and action plans will be systematically monitored and evaluated to determine effectiveness, foster continuous improvement and address the evolving needs of our students.

Academics: NMUSD students will receive quality instruction based on meaningful lessons that incorporate creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and innovative uses of technology. We continuously expand rigorous, relevant, high-interest programs to prepare and support students to meet the demands and rigor of college and industry standards beyond graduation.

Behavior: NMUSD provides support systems for the emotional, behavioral and mental well-being of students. We utilize intervention systems to encourage students to become independent, responsible thinkers and problem solvers by providing opportunities to learn from the impact of their choices.

Community: Community partnerships are integral to the success of our students and we build and foster meaningful partnerships and shared commitment with community organizations. Our students are provided opportunities to apply their learning and skills in real world settings while serving and enhancing our community.

Academics

A1. NMUSD students will be guaranteed a challenging Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade curriculum aligned to the CA State Standards that prepares them for success in college and careers.

  • Define, implement, and continuously adjust our core curriculum.
  • Utilize a comprehensive, transparent adoption process to select standards-aligned instructional materials for TK-12 core content.
  • Implement targeted training on effective use of standards and framework-aligned instructional materials.

A2. NMUSD students will receive the highest quality instruction based on meaningful lessons that incorporate creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

  • Implement research-validated elements of lesson design for effective instruction.
  • Incorporate strategies for differentiation to meet each student’s instructional needs.
  • Deliver best first instruction within a tiered system of support for diverse student learners.
  • Implement a structured system of formative assessments that guides teacher instruction and student learning.

A.3   NMUSD will continue to support and expand rigorous, relevant, high-interest programs and coursework aligned to prepare and support students to meet the demands and rigor of college and industry standards beyond graduation.

  • Use a variety of objective measures to identify, create, expand and maintain relevant, high-interest courses, programs and academies.  
  • Continue to build Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways and sequential coursework in high-wage, high-demand sectors.
  • Provide extended year/extended day programs to meet student enrichment and remedial needs.
  • Support early childhood education programs to prepare students for kindergarten.
  • Implement comprehensive school counseling program including career exploration and college preparatory activities.

A4. NMUSD students will be educated in safe, attractive, state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Identify and implement industry-standard best practices to maintain safe facilities.
  • Establish facilities standards that are focused on supporting core curriculum.
  • Develop an inventory of existing facilities assets and facilities needs.
  • Develop a long-term funding strategy to meet facility needs.

A5. NMUSD students will harness the power of technology and innovation through core academic subjects, career technical education, arts, athletics and extra-curricular activities.

  • Increase access to technology and expand the Chromebook Initiative to all zones.
  • Create a sustainable plan for technology-infused classrooms.
  • Promote innovation and creativity in all classrooms through research-based methodology, physical learning spaces, instructional tools, and site-based coaching and mentorships.

Behavior

B1. NMUSD will support the emotional, behavioral and mental health needs of students through relationship-driven school communities.

  • Sustain responsive school-based systems.
  • Expand and enhance early intervention services, practices and approaches.
  • Recruit specialists and service providers to complement existing resources and partnerships.
  • Expand suicide prevention and crisis response systems.

B2. NMUSD will utilize intervention systems to provide learning opportunities that promote the holistic development of all students.

  • Develop and disseminate early identification systems to support students and link them to appropriate services.
  • Train staff and monitor discipline practices to promote student resilience and high quality decision-making.

B3. NMUSD will encourage all students to become responsible thinkers and problem solvers by providing them the opportunity to learn from the impact of their choices.

  • Expand systemic practices embedded in Restorative Culture paradigms.
  • Foster character development by promoting healthy relationships, self-reflection and problem solving skills.

B4. NMUSD will hold all students to the highest expectations for positive behavior and civic responsibility.  

  • Expand systemic practices embedded in Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports.
  • Implement evidence-based approaches to improve school wide attendance and behavioral expectations.
  • Provide students with meaningful opportunities to participate in a democratic society and engage in service to the community.

Community

C1. NMUSD will build and foster meaningful partnerships and shared commitment with stakeholders including students, parents, employees, employee associations and community partners in the development of the whole child.

  • Solicit input and build two-way communication with advisory councils for students, parents, certificated and classified employees.
  • Collaborate with internal organizations. (ex. school-connected organizations - Harbor Council Parent Teacher Association (HCPTA), foundations, boosters, etc.)
  • Expand partnerships with community organizations, collaboratives and industry.
  • Enhance and implement comprehensive communication plan.
  • Continue to build collaborative labor-management relationships.

C2. NMUSD students will have opportunities to apply their learning and skills in real world settings while serving and enhancing our community.

  • Increase project-based learning opportunities that address real-world issues at all grade levels.
  • Expand Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways that engage industry, post-secondary education, and community leading to internships, industry standard certifications and articulated credit with post-secondary institutions.
  • Engage students with leadership opportunities through nationally recognized organizations, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.