WJUSD Smaller Learning Communities Grant
In 2010-2011, WJUSD was awarded a five year grant from the Department of Education for the purposes of creating small learning communities at the two district comprehensive high schools The project will focus on developing an adult advocacy system, student individual learning plans, and advisories in both schools to ensure students are connected to a core group of adults. Pioneer will implement 9th and 10th grade teams and career pathway schools in grades 11 and 12, while Woodland will develop a freshman academy and career pathway schools starting in 10th grade.
The Academic Intervention System will provide three levels of support to struggling students: high quality core instruction, evidence-based interventions, and individualized instruction. Monitoring student progress using data will be integral to the program to track student progress and determine when an adjustment is necessary. Teacher common planning time will initially focus on ensuring that all teachers receive the tools they need to successfully implement the project. Woodland has a Community Service Learning Center and Pioneer has a Learning Center. These entities within the school are responsible for providing college and career awareness each semester to students and parents. University tutors will also be available to help students and parents with identifying and applying for financial aid. A Technical Advisory Board within each career pathway school will also serve as a direct resource for students and provide information on postsecondary education and careers related to each particular school.
In the spring of 2011, Congress cut federal funding to the Small Learning Communities grant program, shortening the length of the grant to two years.