Fresno Unified School District
Theory of Action
This Theory of Action is
based on the Core Beliefs and Commitments of the Board of Education, including
Student Learning, High Quality Instruction, Leadership, Safety, and
Culture. With high energy, potential, and expectations, everyone
is committed to do whatever it takes to guarantee that every student is visible
and successful. From the “Boardroom to Classroom”, this
policy describes a purposeful approach that guides our daily actions.
The Board of Education
believes that this wealth of expectations along with comprehensive support will
challenge and accelerate the learning for ALL students, parents, families,
teachers, and leaders and result in career ready
Theory of Action
Profound and dramatic
improvements are required at all levels of the Fresno Unified School
District. This Theory of Action outlines a significant increase in
expectations for all, including:
o Standards based- this includes but is not limited
to the California state content standards for students, CSTP, and the Fresno
Unified standards for leaders
o Purposeful Assessments – any challenging
district curriculum must be supported by classroom based assessments of and for
· Students are key
· Clear and appropriate
targets are essential
· Accurate assessment is a
· Sound assessments must be
accompanied by effective communication
o Intense and Specific Planning – based on assessment
for learning, great attention must be paid to every student’s unique learning
o Effective Targeted Instruction –based on assessment and
planning, powerful instructional approaches should be used, maximizing teacher
expertise and creativity.
This Theory of Action
outlines a significant increase in supports for all, through:
The Board recognizes the
need for dramatic changes and improvements throughout the entire system.
It is necessary to increase the expectations of all learners to
accomplish this. This work is about significantly improving the
opportunities for all of our learners.
Change will be deliberate
and intentional. Establishing and operating an effective, Aligned
Instructional System is not simply making the current system work better.
The roles and responsibilities of every FUSD employee and community
member and all processes related to our core business of teaching and learning
will need to be reviewed. Accordingly, effective change management
leadership by all, supported by a comprehensive internal and external
communication system, will be required.
It is the intention and
commitment of the Board that this Theory of Action provides a stable, long-term
framework for improving student achievement in the Fresno Unified School
District. We pledge our best efforts to continually educate the
workforce, public and new Board members so that subsequent Boards will hold
constant to this vision.
Constant and aggressive
improvements will be pursued while recognizing it will take time for full and
effective implementation. This policy will be reviewed