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BoE team

All Board members, Superintendent, and designated administrators.  Their role is to set the Strategic vision and guiding principles for the comprehensive plan. Monitor the process of each team thru all phases and request adjustments and clarification if needed. Approve the presented comprehensive plan.

Education planning team

Designated educators by superintendent. Their role is to use existing curriculum direction or review present standards to identify the recommendation that supports the Mission and Vision of the District. Set the pace for the Community Vision team of why and how curriculum will define educational opportunities and needs.

Community vision team

Representative community members.Their role is to become educated about the characteristics of the school district and respond to district needs and conditions through the lens of the educator, taxpayer, parent and community member. This group will be an example cross-section of the community at-large and make recommendations to the BoE regarding community expectations of the education environment of the district.

Community at-large

Open to all community.Open meetings along the process to share the work with the community. These are meetings to give the community information to respond to and get feedback that is tangible for the vision team to review. These are not intended to be open mic but, informational with experts there to discuss questions in smaller groups.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Career and technical education is a term applied to schools, institutions, and educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation.

Class Size

Class size refers to the number of students in a given course or classroom, specifically either (1) the number of students being taught by individual teachers in a course or classroom or (2) the average number of students being taught by teachers in a school, district, or education system.


The term curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content taught in a school or in a specific course or program.

Learning Environment

Learning environment refers to the diverse physical locations, contexts, and cultures in which students learn.

Multicultural Education

Multicultural education refers to any form of education or teaching that incorporates the histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds.


The term one-to-one is applied to programs that provide all students in a school, district, or state with their own laptop, netbook, tablet computer, or other mobile-computing device. One-to-one refers to one computer for every student.

Project Based Learning

Project-based learning refers to any programmatic or instructional approach that utilizes multifaceted projects as a central organizing strategy for educating students. When engaged in project-based learning, students will typically be assigned a project or series of projects that require them to use diverse skills—such as researching, writing, interviewing, collaborating, or public speaking—to produce various work products, such as research papers, scientific studies, public-policy proposals, multimedia presentations, video documentaries, art installations, or musical and theatrical performances, for example.


In education, the term relevance typically refers to learning experiences that are either directly applicable to the personal aspirations, interests, or cultural experiences of students (personal relevance) or that are connected in some way to real-world issues, problems, and contexts (life relevance).


In education, the term stakeholder typically refers to anyone who is invested in the welfare and success of a school and its students, including administrators, teachers, staff members, students, parents, families, community members, local business leaders, and elected officials such as school board members, city councilors, and state representatives.

Student Centered Learning

The term student-centered learning refers to a wide variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students.

Student Engagement

In education, student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.

Student-Teacher Ratio

A student-teacher ratio expresses the relationship between the number of students enrolled in a school, district, or education system and the number of “full-time equivalent” teachers employed by the school, district, or system. For example, a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 indicates that there are ten students for every full-time equivalent teaching position.

21st Century Skills

The term 21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed—by educators, school reformers, college professors, employers, and others—to be critically important to success in today’s world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces.


In education, the term transition typically refers to the three major transitional points in the public-education system: when students move from elementary school to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to college.

Additional Terms

For additional terms, refer to the Wikipedia link for Glossary of Education Terms