educationelementcoltonColton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington community members this week discussed potential action plans for improving the academic and career success of every child in the Colton Joint Unified School District.

The dialogue at the monthly meeting of the District’s Community Cabinet focused on how parents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government could best support students in four key areas – Early Preparation, Literacy, Academic and Career Readiness, and Mental and Physical Health Awareness.

Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships to support the education system. The Community Cabinets are a model for how each of the 33 school districts in the county might help to achieve the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

Considering input the Colton Joint Unified School District Community Cabinet received from teachers and principals in October and students in November, the community members brainstormed possible action items, including providing resource libraries, job shadowing opportunities, community service opportunities, and life skills classes to students.

In January, the Colton Community Cabinet will work to expand their ideas into strategic action plans with a goal to start implementing approved plans by April.