Integrating Our Learning
Over the past year I have had the privilege of interacting with all of the districts in San Luis Obispo County to collaborate on various initiatives including academic professional development (ELA/ELD, History-Social Science, Science, Math, etc.) abd approaches to serve the whole child such as Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports(PBIS), Social Emotional Learning (SEL) or Universal Design for Learning (UDL). There have also been opportunities for my role to assist districts in system alignment through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) implementation, Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development, and family engagement efforts – as well as capacity building endeavors including program development for the Clear Administrator Services Credential (CASC), Teacher Induction Program(TIP) training, and our upcoming Equity Seminar with the National Equity Center.
It is an exciting, yet trying, time in education as we work to engage meaningfully in all of these initiatives at once. The multitude of local and state initiatives to improve education are well intended but a positive impact is difficult without an integrated approach to implementation. Collaboration has never been more critical. Aligning subjects, roles, schools, districts, and systems for sustainable improvement is vital for our students and the valuable staff that commit each day to the work we do. In order for this to occur, we must collectively:
- Dissolve boundaries between disciplines, schools, districts, families and the community
- Establish and utilize focused teams
- Foster collaborative relationships
- Create opportunities for communication across all levels
- Organize teaching and learning around the construction of meaning
- Identify who has access and expand our unified equity lens
My role was developed to be a “generalist” that connects people and resources across the county to provide relevant and collaborative professional learning opportunities. It is my hope and the vision of the SLOCOE Educational Services Department to continue to bring people and systems together to learn strategies for curriculum integration and initiative alignment as we support, not only the “whole child” in our classrooms, but the “whole us.”
Devon Hodgson, Ed.D.
Program Specialist, Professional Development and Instructional Support
Educational Support Services Department
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education