At Boulder Valley School District, we’ve created a dynamic strategic plan that puts an innovative edge on individual attention.
The mission of the Boulder Valley School District is to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive and are prepared for successful, civically engaged lives.
We develop our children’s greatest abilities and make possible the discovery and pursuit of their dreams which, when fulfilled, will benefit us all. We provide a comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges of their time.
The following strategies will be used to attain these goals:
People throughout the Boulder Valley School District community are already talking about the Success Effect—many have been involved in the process alongside BVSD educators.
One of the most important things to Boulder’s economy is talent—our employees and employers depend on it. And it all starts with public education. If a community isn’t developing the skills of its students in tandem with emerging trends and developments, we’ll fall behind. I’ve been amazed to see that the evolution of the Success Effect planning has been prolonged and intense, yet the passion of the administrators and executive team hasn’t waned one bit.Clif Harald
Boulder Economic Council
The goals and action areas the superintendent’s strategic committee has set up are very valuable—they have come from the people, from the community. In the past, parents in the Latino community were not always approached in a way that was viable for them linguistically and culturally, but in this work, we were all listened to, and the school district brought that collective wisdom together to formulate the plan that is now called “The Success Effect.”Denys Vigil
Latino Community Activist
We need to use resources in a way that personalizes the educational experience for every one of our students and breaks down barriers that may stand in the way of their learning. Components of the Success Effect will allow us to do that so every student gets a tailored education here in BVSD.Tina Mueh
President, Boulder Valley Education Association
In looking back on my career as an educator, I can recall one student in particular who would’ve benefited from the Success Effect enormously. He was a bright student who had goals and was motivated, but the way he was being instructed didn’t fit his learning style. He was great with his hands—he really wanted to be an auto mechanic, and he excelled in that area, but he struggled with math, but if you put problems to him in relation to the workings of a car, he did really well. Years later, he’s one of the top auto mechanics in Colorado Springs. It just shows that when you allow kids to take control of their learning, and define what success is for them, it makes a world of difference. The Success Effect allows more students to do precisely that.James A. Hill
Principal, Boulder High School
Beginning in 2013, the Boulder Valley School District formed a steering committee to develop a strategic plan, starting with the district mission, vision, and values. Beyond this framework, the strategic plan sought to define the essential organizing principles of student success—Learning, Talent and Partnerships. The superintendent’s strategic planning steering committee worked in partnership with educators, parents and community members to outline specific goals and strategies to ensure that our robust, diverse community of families, educators, and partners helps address the unique learning needs of each student and creates meaningful and engaging opportunities for each child.
An action plan is necessary to move the goals forward and measure student success. The superintendent’s strategic planning steering committee has advanced the new strategic plan by assembling detail-focused action teams who are establishing standards and measurements at all levels of the BVSD educational continuum. From maximizing learning opportunities, building an intentional culture of ongoing professional learning and growth for our talented educators, and deepening our ties with community partners, we are committed to backing up our goals with a system that measures progress and holds us accountable.