At a Glance
In fall 2014, the San Mateo County Office of Education began working with Fern Tiger and Associates to conduct a comprehensive strategic visioning process that would help inform the County Office's work over the next five years.
How We Got Here
Our goal was to create a plan that would help guide our decision-making and direction into the future. Over the course of 18 months, we
- Conducted interviews with more than 80 internal and external stakeholders
- Observed staff meetings, Board meetings, program meetings, and professional development sessions
- Facilitated three input sessions for SMCOE staff
- Conducted an all-staff survey
- Convened a 30-member advisory committee
- Conducted five interactive sessions with groups of school districts throughout the county
- Interviewed ten peer county offices of education
- Reviewed existing County Office documents
- Conducted research on San Mateo County, SMCOE, and PK-12 education nationally
- Tracked media reports
- Guided the development of a new mission and vision
The San Mateo County Office of Education has a duty to work for a better education for every one of our 95,000 students. We revised our vision and mission statements to reflect that goal.
Our vision statement sets forth the long-term aspirations that drive us as an organization: Excellence and equity in education. Every student, every teacher, every school.
Our mission statement defines our central purpose and what we will be doing to make our vision a reality: Inspiring students, investing in teachers, invigorating leaders, and involving communities.
We've also outlined five long-term goals we'll be working on over the next five years:
- Successful Students. Champion student success by encouraging the development of learning environments and experiences where all students can imagine and achieve.
- Inspired Teachers. Foster an exceptional countywide climate for teachers and the teaching profession by innovatively using resources and by cultivating broad public will to advance the teaching profession.
- Effective School Districts. Encourage equitable academic outcomes across San Mateo County school districts through proactive outreach, responsive services, and collaboration.
- Forward-Thinking Policies. Initiate transformative conversations about public education and advocate for effective educational policies at regional, state, and national levels.
- Continuous Learning. Create an engaged, countywide "learning community" through continuous open-minded inquiry and rigorous evaluation.
You can access the full strategic plan here.