Dear Mt. Diablo Community,
Thank you all for the warm welcome you gave me as I joined the district. This year is the beginning of many new changes in our state and nation’s educational system. I am excited to be here in Mt. Diablo as your new Superintendent as we shape a new set of standards across the nation, a new funding system, and a more relevant discussion of how our community can best prepare our students for the future.
As I begin this exciting new opportunity at Mt. Diablo, my first focus is on visiting our campuses to meet students, staff, and community members. I also have had the opportunity to meet the people who are working in our central support departments and special programs. I think we have a strong group of people committed to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District who are quite capable of ensuring students receive the best possible preparation for college and career. I have been visiting departments and schools asking the questions like:
What educational achievements are you most proud of?
What do you see that we need to examine that is getting in the way of increased success?
We have identified five strategic initiatives as we move forward in order to prepare all students for the 21st century. They include:
1. Academic Excellence and Learning
2. Supportive Family and Community Involvement
3. High Quality Effective Staff
4. Respectful, Responsive Service and Communication
5. Optimal Operations and Infrastructure
I am confident we can coordinate our efforts to maximum effect by establishing strong partnerships within our community and our schools.
As we shift our accountability system to measure the common core standards, we plan to support schools in their efforts to shift strategies and content toward the embracing the new standards. These standards are designed to shift from rote memorization of facts to more complex critical thinking and problem solving. Mt. Diablo will receive state funding to support our efforts as we transition to these Common Core standards. The new standards will be measured using computer assisted assessments and the results will be much more timely than they were in the past. Teachers will be able to use the information the new assessments provide during the current school year. They are slated for full implementation in 14-15 and currently these accountability measures are being piloted in Mt. Diablo and across the nation, so we can participate in the creation of this new system.
Together, with focus, collaboration, and outreach we can best prepare our students for a successful future in the 21st century. I want to express my deep appreciation to all of you who work hard to show how much you care every day. I also warmly wish you a safe and rewarding remainder of the school year.
Dr. Nellie Meyer, Ed.D.