Dear Conejo Valley Unified School District Community,
We are well underway in 2016, and the first half of the school year has been one filled with outstanding instruction,
engaging activities, valued community connections, innovative ideas, and celebrated successes. In all ways, I have
enjoyed becoming part of the CVUSD family.
At the January 5, 2016, Board of Education meeting, I delivered a presentation on my GreenPrint for Learning. It
represents several months of a process that engaged the community and examined policies and practices within the
district. The process was an extremely informative exercise that revealed pride, success, challenges, and aspirations for
the future. A link to the entire report is here on this page.
What I appreciated most was the sheer honesty, balance, and professionalism exhibited by those who participated in
focus groups and community forums. Some of the participant quotes in the report can make us nod our heads in
agreement, scratch our heads wondering why such a perception is held, wince a little in defensiveness, or feel relief that
the conversation is on the table. All of it is great data that will help inform the district’s vision, including the Local
Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) assessment and revision.
Here are some of the major highlights from the findings and recommendations:
- Our students of today are different from those just 5-10 years ago. Teachers and students need more resources
(people and strategies) to effectively address the social/emotional challenges that are presented in today’s
- Professional development is most meaningful when it is accessed over time and when employees have choice
based on their professional goals.
- Parents, students, and teachers want rigorous programs of study. However, the desire is to have more inclusive
approaches that provide greater access and equity. This means moving from what is perceived as “gatekeeping”
toward a more inclusive “door opening” philosophy.
- Continue to expand the understanding and implementation of academic intervention/extension in all classes.
- District-level communications need to improve. School sites (principals and teachers) do an excellent job
communicating, but the community expects more from the District (e.g. use of social media for timely
communication, resources/training for districtwide initiatives or changes, marketing the district to retain and
increase student enrollment, etc.).
I will spend time over the next few weeks discussing the findings with various groups of community members and
employees. I also welcome your individual feedback and questions. By March, the collective understandings will help
give shape to future goals and objectives in our LCAP.
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to the many individuals and groups who have taken such a keen interest in
honoring our past, reflecting on our present, and building our future. Great promise lies ahead for continued success
and new heights for the Conejo Valley Unified School District!
Ann N. Bonitatibus