The Ventura County Office of Education resolves to provide leadership and service through sustained levels of effectiveness, innovation and operational economy in the programs we operate on behalf of all school districts in Ventura County. VCOE will also advocate for Ventura County’s students, staff and parents through on going and open communication with local and State agencies and legislators on behalf of these constituencies. To accomplish these objectives, we will focus specific effort in the following areas for fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20:
STUDENT WELFARE and ACHIEVEMENT
Support programs that address students’ socio-emotional and academic needs
Collaborate with appropriate constituencies
Promote and support extensive use of data to inform program development
Support student voice and parent engagement
VCOE is dedicated to the development, achievement and future success of all children, and will work to ensure access and equity for students through both policy and practice. The academic and socio-emotional well-being of every child will be supported as a first priority by emphasizing the adoption of whole child development, modeling positive behaviors, and sharing and analyzing data to improve student outcomes. Awareness of the connection between student success and mental/physical health will be reinforced throughout our schools and communities. Parents will be encouraged to engage with their children and assist them in attaining competency in both academic and civic learning standards.
TEACHING and LEARNING
- Promote quality learning from early childhood through college and career
- Leverage instructional technology advancements
- Address key employment area shortages
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 group. Technology services and testing platforms will be integrated with pedagogy for the ultimate benefit of students and teaching staff. Concerted effort will also be made to attract, train and retain the new teachers, counselors and administrators necessary to fulfill our mission. Increased inclusion training for general education teachers and early intervention strategies to enable students to exit special education will be addressed in professional development, induction and SELPA trainings.
ASSESSMENT and ACCOUNTABILITY
- Utilize data to monitor, evaluate and improve programs
- Support alignment of achievement levels with LCAP goals, actions and services
- Balance district fiscal and academic oversight
- Prioritize assessment of programmatic impact
Student performance will be monitored and augmented in alignment with standards and accountability systems with specific emphasis on Local Control Accountability Plans and California’s statewide system of support. In recognition of the linkage between educational goals and monetary resources, a balanced approach to fiscal and academic oversight responsibilities will also be practiced. Heightened importance will be placed upon data and California School Dashboard metrics to better inform and assist school districts relative to root cause analysis and identified local needs. VCOE will partner with other entities to learn how these bright spots leverage positive results. Local Control Accountability Plan alignment between VCOE branches and departments will be mastered as an example for local district adoption and practice.
MAXIMIZATION of RESOURCES
- Refine selected fee-based income models
- Sustain programs as resources diminish
- Embrace 21st century communication methods
- Align employee skills, talents and abilities with core objectives
Cost recovery models will continue to be refined and evaluated to ensure that programs critical to student and staff learning thrive. VCOE will provide selective high need/high value offerings to sustain these programs via integration with local educational agencies and the pursuit of grant and other alternative funding mechanisms. Proactive support for internal staff and client school districts will be provided by employing creative and adaptive strategies to social media applications and other 21st century communication methods reflective of an emerging and dynamic society. VCOE will consistently review its structure and operations with an eye toward matching core objectives with assigned work.
CAPACITY, CULTURE and RELATIONSHIPS
- Build relationships based upon trust and interdependence
- Maintain a culture of learning and giving
- Foster a climate of reinvention and continuous improvement
- Preserve positive organizational health
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 of hierarchies, building capacity in a workforce reflective of Ventura County’s demographics, and an emphasis upon internally and externally supporting and mentoring new leadership. VCOE will also continue to foster arenas of collaboration with its educational partners through job specific group meetings that are designed to mold creative and critical thinking into useful action. 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.