Mindset of Excellence: Launching Educational Reform with Lindsay Unified School District http://www.lindsay.k12.ca.us/



    Mindset of Excellence: Launching Educational Reform with Lindsay Unified School District http://www.lindsay.k12.ca.us/

    Posted by Kristina Clecak on Jan 30, 2017


    Believing in the excellence of students, empowering and cultivating collaborative efforts within the community, while supporting a joint mission are just a few descriptors when it comes to Lindsay Unified School District. Ten years ago, after taking a harsh look into the educational struggles and low rigor within their school system, a community of Stakeholders worked together to establish a new Strategic Direction involving ALL members in the community and a VISION that placed greater emphasis on education. Moreover, creating rich, personalized learning for every single learner in the school environment to expect mastery of every learning style and individual.

    For those that need further background and inspiration, take a deeper look into The Lindsay Story; Confronting the Truths. Behind this 30 minute video, all of us can reflect and connect with this candid and very honest account of what has changed this school district to great depths. After listening and watching their candid story, I know you will want to follow and learn from this community’s transformation and journey that they embarked upon. The “Lindsay Story” is one of the most courageous, mindful shifts to an educational system that was NOT working for all. A concept or experience that many educators feel in their own district.

    Lindsay has a distinct Learning Vision for their students:

    • Every day, Lindsay learners come to school and are met at their developmental learning level, they are challenged, they are successful, and they leave school wanting to return tomorrow.

    Lindsay has a distinct Curriculum Vision for their students:

    • The Curriculum for each level of learning and each department is also written in a student learning outcomes format that make it clear what learners must be able to do to show mastery.

    Lindsay has a distinct Assessment Vision for their students:

    • Learner assessment is directly aligned with Lindsay learning outcomes. We identify what we want students to know, be able to do, and to be like, we teach to those learner outcomes and we assess student progress based upon those learning outcomes. That is, there is direct alignment between learner outcomes, instruction and learner assessment.


    Sample: As seen, in the picture above, every student in every class will master and track their success from their SchoolCity Student Portal, where they log in and take their individual assessments. Thus a visual poster is up in the classroom to motivate and acknowledge their progress.

    Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD) may be a small quiet farming town, but they are making a lot of noise in transforming, reforming and setting the stage for a new type of normal in the school system. With a new book release heading out this week by Robert Marzano, titled Beyond Reform, LUSD is inspiring all of us in the educational community. Stay tuned and join us at SchoolCity on our Facebook and Twitter page for Book Chats around the new Release of Beyond Reform.


    Topics: Educational Reforming, lindsay unified school district

    Written by Kristina Clecak

    Kristina has been in public education for nearly 20 years. Serving as Lead Principal, Equity Data Instructional Coach and Classroom teacher at various grades. Her skills set and laser-like focus of Instructional pathways, mindset and data-driven goals have been at the heart of her work. Awards winning practitioner who holds multiple Masters degrees and Nationally Board Certified & Recognized in K-12 Literacy, she is no stranger to on-going, life time learning. She will continue to say her greatest accomplishment and purpose remains with equitable and cultural responsive and enlightened instruction for ALL students. Inclusive opportunities and the greatest expectations, along with support for all students, is her daily drive. She serves as the Senior Account Manager and Educational Innovation specialist for SchoolCity, Inc and continues her passion for Student Success, Quality of Instruction and Digital Platforms that reach all Students in their learning.

    Imagine a dynamic, equitable and effective "city" full of innovation, collaboration, educational drive and inclusivity for all, while overlapping with digital brilliance. Welcome to SchoolCity Suite, a place for all professional learning communities to thrive and make an impact.




    Did you know...

    SchoolCity continues to replicate and mimic current academic technology tools and make on-going adjustments, with various Technology Enhanced Items (TEI). Thus supporting students all year round to better prepare for true mastery of all skills and standards in a given grade.
    • Constructed Response (CR Items) - Requires a written response from the students and is scored with a rubric.
    • Evidence Based Selected Response (EBSR) - Requires students to answer a two part question in which Part B provides textual evidence for the answer in Part A.
    • Explicit Constructed Response (XCR)- Requires students to type / write an exact response to a question which is then automatically scored by the system in the online assessments. (aka short answer)
    • Hot Text (HT) - Require the student to select words, phrases, or sentences within a given text to answer the question.
    • Inline Choice (IC) - Requires the student to select the correct answer from a drop down menu. Answers are automatically scored by the system.