New Lucia Mar plan aims to make district a model for 21st century learning

Lucia Mar administrators are moving forward with their plan to create an updated mission and vision for the school district to guide it for the next 10 years.

The school district board this week voted 5-0 to approve a framework and a list of skills students need to be successful in the 21st century. Trustees Erik Howell and David Foster were absent.

The purpose of the visioning work is to set an ambitious goal – that Lucia Mar becomes a model school district for 21st century learning in the nation – and then develop ways for the district’s schools, teachers and students to meet the goal.

The next step is to write action plans and expand an oversight committee to include more community residents and business owners, said Superintendent Jim Hogeboom.

“The question is how we’re going to do this and where are we going to get the money for it,” he said, noting the district has applied for one grant and plans to apply for more.

District officials started working on the plan earlier this year, holding three community forums to focus on what skills students need to be successful in the 21st century.

Employees and school board members also visited several schools around the country that are seen as innovative, including the New Technology High schools in Napa and Los Angeles.

The idea of 21st century learning includes a focus on core subject areas as well as other skills, such as teamwork and critical thinking. There is also an emphasis on using technology to engage students working in teams on projects, and on foreign-language skills.

-- Cynthia Lambert