SAN JOSE, CA – If you missed it live, the 2017 'State of the SCCOE' address is now available to view on the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) website. This is the second annual address made by Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Jon R. Gundry.
This video provides a review of the initiatives of the past year and outlines a plan for moving forward in 2017 and beyond. Mr. Gundry shared the four SCCOE organizational values: Students-First, Collaboration, Innovation, and Service, which are outlined in the SCCOE Strategic Plan. Each of these values was discussed in-depth with examples from all four that created a positive impact in the community during the past year.
Highlighting one of those values, Mr. Gundry said, "We are continually seeking out new partnerships, and the value of collaboration contributes to the impact we make in our region."
Speaking of successful collaboration, Mr. Gundry cited the partnership with the Local Early Education Planning Council that led to the development and passage of AB 2368, The Santa Clara County Pilot Subsidy Plan. The resulting legislation will increase reimbursement rates and eligibility guidelines for state subsidized child development programs beginning next fiscal year.
Mr. Gundry reminded the audience that living these values also represents challenges and opportunities. For example, while Santa Clara County students outperform the state in English Language Arts and mathematics, there remains a wide achievement gap for both economically disadvantaged and Hispanic students.
"Eliminating the achievement gap is one of our most pressing challenges and is at the core of our conversation about equity," said Mr. Gundry.
The address, "Living Our Values: Every Day for Every Student," is available online at: http://bit.ly/2kySfzA
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