The Orinda Union School District is committed to inspiring innovators and problem solvers; creating resourceful collaborators and critical thinkers; cultivating ethical and respectful citizens; and nurturing students’ emotional, social, and physical well-being. The high expectations of the Orinda Union School District are based on our fundamental belief that all students can learn and experience success. Our educational program provides students with the foundation for meaningful lives and the resources to become responsible citizens in the 21st century.
The Technology Department's vision is to promote student achievement, differentiated learning, common core standards, and critical thinking and collaboration, all within OUSD’s whole-child developmental model. Attention to these guiding principles is necessary to achieve our strategic vision in preparing all students for citizenship, work, and life in a global and competitive world:
- Preparing All Students for Their Futures – Students need 21st-century skills to succeed in our globally connected society. These skills are supported via the integration of technology into all aspects of student learning: science, engineering, art, mathematics, English, humanities, social science, the visual and performing arts, foreign language, project-based collaborative learning, etc. Students must also be given opportunities to practice and hone their skills as ethical and responsible digital citizens.
- Supporting Educator Effectiveness – Cultivating a learning community where there are diverse and ongoing high-quality professional development (PD) opportunities on how to use and integrate technology into the curriculum is integral in transforming teaching and learning practices.
- Developing and Scaling Innovative Learning Models – Developing and scaling innovative learning models helps address education priorities by employing new and novel approaches to meet student learning needs.
- Building a 21st Century Infrastructure – Building the 21st-century education environment for equity, innovation, and improvement requires a technology infrastructure that includes access to devices and sufficient broadband; data systems and interoperability standards; as well as content standards and high-quality assessments.
In conclusion, it is not about the device, the software, the bandwidth, or the infrastructure. It is about teaching and learning and how, when, and where we use technology to improve the environment of every classroom in Orinda. We need to adapt and integrate our models with technology so we prepare our children to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally connected society.