How does positive change happen in West Contra Costa Unified School District?
It happens when educators and district leaders work together to ensure all students have access to a quality education. Recently, the teachers at Lincoln Elementary proved that courage, conviction, and a deep commitment to do right by kids can lead to positive change.
Lincoln Elementary, where just one in 10 students is on grade level, has faced significant challenges. In a letter to district leaders signed by every staff member at the school, Lincoln teachers voiced their specific needs and concerns about the direction of the school. This was a bold step, knowing that in the past, voicing concerns to the district was often considered risky.
Lincoln teachers know their students have incredible potential and deserve an education that will equip them for lifelong success. Teachers saw an opportunity for change. They came together, sharing their aspirations for an improved school.
New Superintendent Duffy and Associate Superintendent Rashidchi took action. Demonstrating teamwork, accountability, and a high standard for our schools, the district made some immediate changes to support Lincoln teachers and students. (The details have not been made public.)
Improvement will take time, but teachers speak of renewed hope at Lincoln today.
We celebrate this inspiring example of leadership from Mr. Duffy, Ms. Rashidchi, and above all, the teachers of Lincoln Elementary. Though there is much work ahead, and a number of schools in need of help and change, we are hopeful that this positive momentum in WCCUSD will continue to ensure our students can achieve their incredible potential.