Superintendent Sara Noguchi

Sara Noguchi, Ed.D


Superintendent's Office
426 Locust Street
Modesto, CA 95351-2631
Phn: (209) 574-1616
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  Superintendent Noguchi


Update - December 3, 2018

I spent much of the last week of November in San Francisco with the Board of Education for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference (AEC). We attended a number of valuable sessions on everything from Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to creating a strong governance team (one of my Leadership Core Beliefs!). 

Take a moment to review this graphic organizer that lays out the planning process I’m using to develop goals for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. I’ve talked about the “Focus Group Meetings” and “Vision, Mission and Core Values” in past updates.

Another part of the planning process is “Department Analysis.” We are analyzing our largest departments/divisions to ensure organizational efficiency with the goal of increasing student outcomes. How do we need to operate behind the scenes to increase supports for our schools?   

The new Strategic Goal Setting Committee is working to “Identify Themes & Priorities.” The committee, a collaborative effort between MTA, CSEA, Managers and site staff, will use the data collected from the Focus Group Meetings to identify themes and priority areas.

Next, Executive Cabinet and Extended Cabinet will “Write Goals and Identify Metrics.” Extended Cabinet is a new leadership structure designed to build the capacity of senior leadership to create a stronger system of support for our schools and staff. Working together, Executive Cabinet and Extended Cabinet will use the themes and priorities identified by the Strategic Goal Setting Committee to write the goals, metrics and benchmarks.

“Structure to Support Goals” is the final piece of this year’s planning process. Executive Cabinet and Extended Cabinet will align the District’s infrastructure to meet and support the identified goals.

This process is a huge collaborative effort of all District stakeholders. I appreciate your participation and patience as we work through the steps.

We are nearing the half-way point of the school year. We know our students rely on us to provide a learning environment that promotes positive outcomes – that’s something we all have a part in, regardless of our role in the community or at MCS.

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