The Deeper Learning Dozen

District Partners

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Our district partners are all medium sized districts with significant socio-economic and ethnic diversity, and a commitment to equity in their deeper learning work. All have a commitment to changes at the classroom, school, and system level to deepen and spread powerful learning for all young people and adults. We are pleased to be in partnership with these school districts in the US and British Columbia, Canada.

Abbotsford School District

The Abbotsford School District has 46 schools that are attended by over 19,200 full and part time students at 30 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 1 combined middle-secondary school, and 7 secondary schools. As the largest employer in the city, we employ over 2,200 full and part time teaching and support staff who are committed to helping students succeed. We offer a variety of quality programs to meet unique learning needs and we engage students in stimulating and relevant educational experiences.

The Abbotsford School District honours the traditional territory of the Sumas First Nation and Matsqui First Nation on which our schools are located. It is with respectful consideration that the programs and services we provide to students and families are sensitive to the cultural protocols of these two communities. The district has a strategic plan that is connected to the implementation of the competency based provincial curriculum. More specifically, we are invested in improving practice in several key areas: improving student engagement; critical creative and collaborative inquiry; self-regulated learning and digital literacy.

Burlington School District

Burlington School District (BSD) is a pre-k-12 public school system of about 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. BSD’s mission is to graduate students who: value different cultures, engage with the community, communicate effectively, think creatively, skillfully solve problems, and achieve at their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential.

Cowichan Valley School District

Situated in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on southern Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley School District serves a population of over 8,000 students. We are honoured to be learning on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Quw’utsun, Malahat, Stz’uminus, Penelakut, Halalt, Lake Cowichan, and Lyakson peoples. Our district extends north to Saltair, south to Spectacle Lake and west to the Lake Cowichan region. The school district has approximately 1,300 employees, 21 schools and has a $100 million annual budget.

Jeffco Public Schools

Jeffco Public Schools has been providing educational excellence for more than 65 years. Approximately 9 percent of all the K-12 students in Colorado attend one of 156 Jeffco schools. The student population of more than 86,000 reflects a majority (67%) white and Hispanic (25%) with black (1%), Asian (3%), American Indian (1%), and multiple races (3%). Almost a third of Jeffco students qualify for free/reduced supports. Students continue to outperform the state in all grade levels and content areas on CMAS (state assessments), PSAT, and SAT tests. We have approximately 5,300 licensed educators, many of whom have received national and state recognition for their work. We are the largest employer in Jefferson County, directly west of Denver, with more than 14,000 full and part-time employees.

Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future. Our strategic plan and goals are guided by the Jeffco Generations vision:To profoundly change education for the better, we must have the courage to re-examine teaching, our existing notions of schooling, and the learning process itself by focusing on providing authentic, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students. The strategic plan builds on this vision and focuses on putting our community's aspirations into practice – graduates showing content mastery, civic & global engagement, self-direction & personal responsibility, communication, critical & creative thinking, collaboration & leading by influence, and agility & adaptability.

Kootenay Lake School District

School District 8 Kootenay Lake focuses on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment. 

Located in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada, School District 8 Kootenay Lake serves a number of individual communities including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel, Yahk and the surrounding rural areas, within a large geographic area consisting of two time zones. Our visionary, creative team focuses on providing the best opportunities we can possibly create on behalf of over 5400 students and their families.

Madison Metropolitan School District

The Madison Metropolitan School District is the second largest school district in Wisconsin and serves over 27,000 students in 50 schools. The district covers approximately 74 square miles including all or part of the cities of Madison and Fitchburg, the villages of Maple Bluff and Shorewood Hills, and the towns of Blooming Grove, Burke and Madison.

Our vision is that every school will be a thriving school that prepares every student to graduate ready for college, career and community. We approach this commitment with a belief that all of our fates are linked. More than half of our students are students of color, including who 21% identify as Latinx and 18% who are African-American. Over a quarter are students who are learning English, coming from homes where nearly 100 different languages are spoken. Fourteen percent are students with disabilities. 

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Nestled along the Monterey Bay, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south. The district encompasses the cities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside and is home to approximately 10,150 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12. MPUSD has 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, an alternative continuation high school; and a handful of programs including adult education, after school academy, career technical education, early childhood education, special education and more. 

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District strives to be one of the finest public school systems in the country. We envision a school system that serves all scholars well, and engages them in deep learning so they are prepared for college and career. The most important factor in a student’s academic success is teacher and staff quality. MPUSD is committed to attracting the most highly qualified, enthusiastic, dedicated and diverse teachers and classified staff for our scholars. At MPUSD, we value the following commitments: Every person matters, Each day counts, Learn something new every day, Improve with purpose, and We are better together. Six pillars guide our work: powerful teaching and learning, leadership as the lever, service mindset, commitment to equity, positive culture, and creativity and innovation.

Revere Public Schools

The Revere Public School District is located adjacent to and just north of Boston on the Atlantic Ocean. The district is comprised of eleven schools: six elementary, three middle, one high school and one alternative school, including a state approved Innovation School and three Expanded Learning Time Schools. The district serves over 7,800 students of which 71% receive free or reduced lunch and 62% return from school to homes where English is not the primary language spoken. As urban educators, we are proud of our many accomplishments including improved MCAS scores and the rich cultural resources we find in our students and their families.

Salem Public Schools

Salem Public Schools, located on the north coast of Massachusetts, serves a PK-12 population of approximately 3,700 students across 11 schools. Our vision is for all students to be locally engaged, globally connected, and fully prepared to thrive in a diverse and changing world. As educators, we must prepare students for a world that we can’t yet fully envision. We want them to be able to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. In contrast to past generations, tomorrow’s workers are likely to hold many different jobs, so we must ensure that our students develop mindsets that are flexible and nimble. They need to be able to self-reflect, set goals, and change course on demand.

Our student population is culturally and linguistically diverse. Their different backgrounds and life experiences are assets that add richness to learning activities, interactions with peers and teachers, and the unique identity of each school. Teaching students with diverse needs is rewarding and challenging. From the moment a Salem child walks in the front door of one of our schools, he or she should be challenged by high standards that are accompanied by individualized, targeted levels of support. Students should have ample opportunities to practice the four domains of language every day. As they wrestle with new ideas, they should be encouraged to take risks in sharing their thinking in a comfortable and accepting environment. Above all, learning should be relevant and student-centered. 

Vancouver School Board

The Vancouver School District acknowledges that it is on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Coast Salish First People.

The District is among the most diverse public school systems in Canada with an annual enrolment of approximately 50,000 students in Kindergarten to grade 12. Situated on the west coast of Canada, the Vancouver School District also provides educational programs and services to full-time Adult Education students.

Our programs and services address the extraordinary and complex opportunities associated with a diverse district. The District’s goal is to serve the needs and tap the potential of each of our students so that they may achieve their unique potential.

Waltham Public Schools

Waltham Public Schools serves more than 5,600 students from diverse backgrounds with courses and activities designed to prepare them for success in the 21st Century. Our vision is to provide a world-class education to ALL students by developing their heads, hearts, hands, and voices, and to inspire them to become critical thinkers, problem-solvers, designers, builders, innovators and social entrepreneurs who make contributions to our diverse communities, nation, and global world. We strive to be the first choice of all families in the wonderful #OneWaltham community!

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Located on the San Francisco Bay, the West Contra Costa Unified School District serves 29,000 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 as well as adult learners.  As one of seven unified school districts in Contra Costa County, we serve the cities of Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, El Cerrito, and San Pablo and the unincorporated areas of East Richmond Heights, El Sobrante, Kensington, Bay View-Montalvin Manor, North Richmond, and Tara Hills.  We are the 30th largest local education agency in California.  More than 80 languages are spoken within our 65-square-mile jurisdiction.  


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