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Bright Future for Galt Students Initiative

About the Initiative

With the Race to the Top (RTTT) District Grant investment, our Bright Future for Galt Students Initiative is becoming a reality. We are accomplishing the initiative through the following significant changes:

  1. Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs)
  2. Blended Learning with Increased Technology Access
  3. Bright Future Learning Center (BFLC) Program

Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs)

All students will have Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) to support their growth based on strengths, interests and academic needs and aspirations related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Technology tools and courseware will support the planning development and access for student, parent and teacher use and access anytime and anywhere.

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a combination of conventional and online classroom methods to better prepare students for the future. The Bright Future for Galt Students effort reflects a unique blend of learning options based upon individual student strengths, interests and needs. Student instruction includes face-to-face teaching, virtual or digital learning tools, classroom or community learning experiences that have a purpose and address core subject content areas as well as problem solving, creativity and collaboration.

School Libraries Become Bright Future Learning Centers (BFLCs)

During the 2012-2013 school year, economic challenges resulted in no funding for our school libraries. Sadly, the libraries did not open to begin the school year. Thanks to ongoing and relentless fundraising led by parents, students and staff, and supported through local businesses, our school libraries re-opened in October 2012. With the 4-year grant, we were able to increase hours by being open during school, after school, and during summers at every school location across the community of Galt beginning in July 2013.

All BFLCs have mobile technology devices available for personalized learning and teamwork. The BFLCs will support expanded learning and enrichment efforts through books, digital resources, and virtual learning for students and families. View our Directory of BFLCs and come visit us.

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The Bright Future for Galt Students Initiative reflects our school district and community's commitment to every learner's success – college, career, and life! Together we can do it.

Schools, Classrooms & Libraries

Every GJUESD school is highly student-centered. Every student will have a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) to support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) growth. Students will have expanded learning options in the classroom, after school, in the Bright Future Learning Centers (BFLCs), and outside the class with service learning projects. Mobile technology devices ranging from computers to tablets, will be available in every classroom and BFLC.

In the next three years, GJUESD will update technology in all classrooms to increase blended learning, which is a combination of conventional and online classroom methods to better prepare students for the future. The funds have helped purchase Chromebooks, access points, and bandwidth. Read more about Blended Learning with Increased Technology Access.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know how to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills our young people need for success in college and beyond.

With a global economy, America seeks to maintain a competitive edge into the future. Students need to be prepared for college and careers to compete for jobs nationally and globally. The Common Core State Standards are internationally benchmarked K-12 academic standards for mathematics and language arts. The standards align with college and work expectations.

By September 2012, forty-six states adopted the Common Core State Standards. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia are the only states that did not adopt the standards.

Students in California will be tested for these standards beginning in the 2014-2015 school year through computer-adaptive assessments called Smarter Balanced. GJUESD teachers have been preparing for these teaching and learning standards changes to effectively prepare our students. Read more about the California Department of Education's Common Core Standards. To help you better understand the CCSS, view our Common Core Curriculum.