A Strategic Plan for Springboro Community Schools

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#1 Jul 30, 2013
Nearly two years ago the San Carlos School District held a series of meetings with all of their constituents, including parents, teachers, superintendents, and board members to develop a strategy for a 21st century public education system.

The resulting plan, which has recently been released, has generated little controversy within their local community. While many of the residents work in Silicon Valley, it's possible that their views are much more homogenized than Springboro. However, I would argue that a plan which everyone had a hand in creating causes substantially less strife than the mandates handed down by the board.

As a nearly 20 year veteran of the tech industry, I can assure you that their plan is largely a string of buzzwords which I use quite often, like design thinking and blended learning, the latter of which has already been approved by the Springboro School Board. In fact, just today an email was sent to Springboro Parents informing us of a new curriculum for sixth through eighth graders which focuses on many of the buzzwords used in the San Carlos strategic plan.

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cut to the chase

Girard, OH

#2 Jul 30, 2013
Open Springboro wrote:
Nearly two years ago the San Carlos School District held a series of meetings with all of their constituents, including parents, teachers, superintendents, and board members to develop a strategy for a 21st century public education system.
The resulting plan, which has recently been released, has generated little controversy within their local community. While many of the residents work in Silicon Valley, it's possible that their views are much more homogenized than Springboro. However, I would argue that a plan which everyone had a hand in creating causes substantially less strife than the mandates handed down by the board.
As a nearly 20 year veteran of the tech industry, I can assure you that their plan is largely a string of buzzwords which I use quite often, like design thinking and blended learning, the latter of which has already been approved by the Springboro School Board. In fact, just today an email was sent to Springboro Parents informing us of a new curriculum for sixth through eighth graders which focuses on many of the buzzwords used in the San Carlos strategic plan.
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So what's your point? Are you trying to say this board's concepts aren't copyright worthy?

“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#3 Jul 31, 2013
cut to the chase wrote:
So what's your point? Are you trying to say this board's concepts aren't copyright worthy?
Which concepts are you referring to? Students First budgeting?

http://www.studentsfirst.org/
McCray

Girard, OH

#4 Jul 31, 2013
Open Springboro wrote:
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Which concepts are you referring to? Students First budgeting?
http://www.studentsfirst.org/
What's the difference whether it's called Students First budgeting in California or Children First budgeting in Springboro? Regardless of where this philosophy is employed, ultimately they have a common denominator. This common denominator is focusing district tax revenue squarely toward the educational requirements of the district's #1 priority - it's student population.

Teachers benefit too. As new resources and new and better technology are provided to students, teachers jobs in theory become easier. I say "in theory" because a certain percentage of teachers like to play themselves off as being "the victims" of deferred or reduced spending. One can very easily pick out "victim" teachers at any Springboro board meeting. They are the ones with the sneers painted onto their faces.

“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#5 Jul 31, 2013
I'm not questioning the validity of Students First in any state, but proposing a few of my own to connect the dots between all the talk of a 21st century education and the new technology the board has invested in.

I've done my best to link to the source of these ideas in the achievements and milestones section of the proposal:

http://christopherritter.github.io/sccs-strat...

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