Areas of Focus 2016-18

The Ventura County Office of Education resolves to provide leadership and service through increased levels of effectiveness, innovation and operational economy in the programs we operate and throughout all school districts in Ventura County. VCOE will advocate for Ventura County's students, staff and parents through ongoing and open communication among and between these groups, as well as with local and state agencies and legislators on behalf of these constituencies.  In order to accomplish these functions, we will focus specific effort in the following areas for the fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18:

Advocacy, Engagement and Alignment 
  • Impact policy at all levels
  • Engage all stakeholders
  • Align policies with resources

VCOE is dedicated to the development, achievement and future of all children, and will work to ensure access and equity by moving policy to practice.  This will include targeted collaborative efforts at local, state and national levels involving parents, communities, non-profit and professional organizations, municipalities, government agencies, legislative bodies and private sector partners.  These collaborations will leverage thought, action and resources to achieve positive and pragmatic results.

Enhancing the Educational Continuum
  • Ensure equitable access from early childhood through college and career  
  • Provide quality classified and certificated professional learning 
  • Support programs that address students' socio-emotional and academic needs 
  • Utilize data to monitor and improve programs 
  • Strengthen partnerships with business and higher education

VCOE will maintain and augment its commitment to the entire learning spectrum from early childhood education to college and career readiness and beyond. This includes recognition of changing demographics and a commitment to the fidelity of programs for every identified student subgroup.  Student performance will be monitored and augmented in alignment with standards and accountability systems with specific emphasis on Local Control Accountability Plans.  These efforts shall be complemented by partnerships with school districts, local colleges and universities, businesses and community-based agencies and will support the academic and socio-emotional well-being of every child by emphasizing: (1) the expansion of multi-tiered supports for students, (2) modeling positive behaviors, (3) sharing and analyzing data, (4) professional development, and (5) coaching/mentoring strategies for both certificated and classified personnel.

Infrastructure and Resource Management 
  • Increase efficiencies through innovative technologies
  • Integrate technology and instruction 
  • Balance district fiscal and academic oversight 
  • Embrace 21st Century communication methods

VCOE will continue to enhance its operational efficiencies and build organizational and individual capacity throughout the organization by researching and utilizing the latest innovative technology platforms, maximizing electronic literacy, user awareness and the safety of student/staff data systems, constructing and improving physical learning environments and by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens.  Proactive support for internal staff and client school districts will be provided, including the use of creative and adaptive strategies to social media applications and other 21st century communication methods reflective of an emerging and dynamic society.  In particular, technology services and testing platforms will be integrated with pedagogy for the ultimate benefit of students and teaching staff.  In recognition of the linkage between educational goals and monetary resources, a balanced approach to fiscal and academic oversight responsibilities will also be practiced.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Maximize collaboration with educational partners
  • Maintain and refine fee based income models
  • Sustain programs as resources diminish
  • Address key employment area shortages

VCOE will continue to foster areas of collaboration with its educational partners through its myriad of job specific group meetings designed to mold creative and critical thinking into useful action.  The migration to fee based, cost recovery income models will continue to be refined and evaluated in order to ensure that programs critical to student and staff learning thrive.  VCOE will continue to lead the change in career pathways through selective high need/high value offerings and sustain these programs via integration with local educational agencies and the pursuit of grant and private sector funding and local agency agreements.  Concerted effort will also be placed upon attracting, training and retaining the new teachers, counselors and administrators necessary to the future of our mission. 

Organizational Health 
  • Build relationships based upon trust and interdependence 
  • Maintain a culture of learning and giving 
  • Provide the highest levels of service and satisfaction

VCOE will continue the collaboration among its diverse branches and departments, recognizing that within each domain there exist ideas and practices which will more completely inform the work of others.  Specific emphasis will be placed on trust, interdependence, transparency, clarity of purpose, and servant leadership.  A culture of learning and giving will be fostered through flattening hierarchies and building capacity in a workforce reflective of Ventura County's demographics.  All employees will acknowledge, embrace and exemplify VCOE's values in providing the highest levels of service and satisfaction in addressing the needs of all constituents. 

The Ventura County Office of Education is governed by an elected County Superintendent of Schools and a five member County Board of Education.  The County Superintendent develops personnel and program policy and is the employer for all county schools employees.  The County Board makes policy decisions related to county operated programs in appropriate areas of budgeting, curriculum and planning.  Another function of the County Board is to hear appeals related to student interdistrict attendance, student expulsions, and charter schools.  The County Superintendent and County Board invite interested individuals to attend Board meetings and to take an active role in educational planning at the County level.