Saturday, October 12, 2013

Clark Middle School demonstrates Vision 2020 in action

The district's Vision 2020 calls for Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood. To help identify what defines a quality school, the board and district staff developed 12 indicators of a quality school. In her efforts to support the implementation of the vision, Supt. Cindy Marten is making weekly visits to district schools, looking for concrete examples of Vision 2020 indicators in action to share with others. This year's priority indicators are: 1) access to a broad and challenging curriculum, 2) quality teaching and 3) quality leadership.

The superintendent recently visited Clark Middle School in City Heights and saw first-hand the great work being done at the school. Clark Principal Tom Liberto escorted Supt. Marten, Chief of Staff Staci Monreal and Area 5 Supt. Mitzi Merino around the campus and into multiple classrooms, where they saw students actively engaged in learning a broad and challenging curriculum, many through the use of technology in the classroom. 

Of particular note was the school's Welcome Center, where brand new students from around the world have the opportunity to learn with and from each other. A supportive environment that values diversity is one of the 12 indicators.

"In the Welcome Center, we saw real collaborative student learning," said Supt. Marten. "One of our core beliefs is that you learn language by using language. This was very evident at Clark Middle School."

For more information about the Vision 2020, go to