The full FINAL REPORT of the council for Vision 2020 process in Incline Village and Crystal Bay has been released: Vision 2020 IVCB FINAL Report
The education specific findings and recommendations are on pages 25 to 29 or click here for Extract of Vision 202 related to Education topics: Vision 2020 FINAL Report – Education Extract
What are the Next Steps? We need all Education Advocates to help define the future of Education!
The Vision 2020 town hall held last Tuesday to prioritize future community-wide initiatives was not heavily attended by student-aged parents and educators. Whether due to late school night timing or the lack of interest in advancing education in our community, the education theme was prioritized as fourth out of the five areas being voted on. Note that in this list of prioritized themes with some issues of each, the aspects relate to education are in bold:
1) Community Development : attract young families, declining population economic development, tourism, downtown identity, , etc.
2) Governance : More local control and autonomy, need plenary form, central focus, local leadership and Local Action Committees to empower local planning and change relative to TRPA, State, County, and School District
3) Quality of Life : Improved ability to “age in place” and welcome wagon for new families
4) Education : ensure greater continuity and alignment from elementary through high school and colleges like SNC (called “pK-16”), increase use of technology and blended learning, reduce out-migration of students, address bi-lingual performance gap, tap into “brain trust” of community and businesses for volunteer educators, leverage outdoor education opportunities, ensure small class sizes, raise graduation rate and academic performance for all students so whole system moves from being OK or “good” to great, outstanding, world class.
5) Mobility : improve connections between sidewalks for walking, hiking, biking, improve ADA accessibility and public transit, leverage water taxi
Allan Parker, part-time entrepreneurial professor at UNR, was the NRDC committee member who presented the education theme findings to those assembled.
Allan’s top recommendation is to create an “educational council made up of local community members to ‘build a platform for action’ and help ‘tap into funding’” (p. 27) while a subgroup could look at the “feasibility of working outside the WCSD or even creating a new school district.” Such councils are comprised of residents, businesses, parents, administrators, and students and their tasks include completing a needs assessment for elementary through high school and determining funding needs.
The Education break-out group (about 15 people out of 160) further discussed key initiatives such as technology-enabled learning to meet more rigorous learning standards and goals and address each student’s unique aptitudes and passions and need for engagement in their learning. And how more engagement in learning leads to increased graduation rates and academic achievement for ALL students, and decreased remediation rates of IHS graduates attending UNR and TMCC.
Most participants felt that achieving such objectives will require more investment and autonomy than WCSD or NV government can provide at the moment. However, as Jim Clark reported in Bonanza last week (August 28), the new NV State Superintendent of Schools, James Guthrie, has met with some local education advocates and is open to proposals for more public school autonomy if the education advocates in the community can create a vision, plan and process for doing so.
WCSD’s new superintendent, Pedro Martinez, expressed similar encouragement at his Aug. 23 Town Hall when he advised us to move beyond the challenges we’ve faced in the past and organize around innovative plans to become a flagship K-16 system in the district and state. Both the WCSD and state leaders agree that we could be given greater independence if we demonstrate that we have the ability to orchestrate and harness community expertise and resources. This was also the overarching theme of all NRDC council findings: form Local Action Committees to plan for and implement change initiatives.
Are we ready and able as a community to build upon the work of the Incline Great Schools Committee and the WCSD Envision 2015 plans to collaboratively create a truly world-class education destination here in the NE Corner of Lake Tahoe? Most importantly, are YOU able and willing to participate in its’ creation?
If so, PLEASE JOIN FOR
The very FIRST meeting of the
Vision 2020 Education Action Team
Tuesday September 11
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Parasol Foundation – main floor
ALL interested community members are welcome and encouraged to attend - whether or not you attended any assessment meetings or the Aug. 28 Vision 2020 Town Hall.
- Review findings and recommendations related to education from the Vision 2020 community assessment process and the priority-setting Town Hall
- Establish education initiative priorities by attendee voting
- Form working groups to study top initiative areas and evaluate potential actions
Come prepared to dive into discussion by reviewing this education extract of the Vision 2020 Final Report:
Vision 2020 FINAL Report – Education Extract
If you want to participate but are unable to attend on Sept. 11, please vote for your priorities, ask questions, and engage in dialogue by clicking here to join the Vision 2020 Action Team discussion Topic.
Note: A professional facilitator with a background in education will conduct the meeting.