• What We're Working On: Ensuring Strong Readers by the Third Grade


    During our strategic planning process in Spring 2021, our working group identified four focus areas. Each focus area includes a list of Year 1 actions and deliverables, listed below. Status updates are reported quarterly. 


    For more information about how we’re tracking our progress and impact, please visit our Progress Monitoring page. →

Focus Area 1: Get Aligned

  • Clarifying the roles of schools, district, families and community-based organizations, better aligning instruction and services across schools to build excitement about reading and writing across the city

    circle of educators and middle and high school students at a table reading picture books 


Focus Area 2: Put Families in the Driver's Seat

  • Increasing parent and family capacity to advocate for and support literacy and building more powerful home-school partnerships


    mother and child smiling 


Focus Area 3: Invest in Our Educators

  • Ensuring that teachers have the coaching and professional development they need to grow their practice and learning from our teachers as they implement curriculum and research-based practices

     teachers smiling, laughing, and looking at computers


Focus Area 4: Use Data to Make the Best Decisions

  • Using data to allocate resources equitably, support effective implementation of core reading instruction, celebrate growth, and learn from best practices


    young students reading a picture book together

Ongoing Work

  • Built into this Strategic Plan are concrete action plans, deliverables, and metrics by which to measure our success. The Plan also includes an ongoing dialogue with the community so we can continue to engage in meaningful partnership. From now until June 2024, OUSD will:


    • Convene working groups to monitor year 1 actions and establish future actions and deliverables. (For more information about our working groups, please see our FAQ page.)
    • Organize quarterly co-chair engagements with the Superintendent for progress updates and guidance.
    • Provide additional opportunities for community engagement.
    • Share the strategic plan with the broader community. 


    We invite you to stay connected by keeping an eye on our Get Involved page (here →) for opportunities to raise your voice and share your vision for change in OUSD.

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