Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Tech High School
School Mission and Vision
School Mission: The vision of Cindy and Bill Simon Tech Academy High School is to create 21st century learners through individualized student-centered instruction that makes academics both personal and relevant for every student. To do this, we will use the Alliance hybrid learning model that incorporates a blended curriculum, multimedia instruction, and digital content. Moreover, our students will have solid character and strong critical thinking/collaborative skills. These skills will create socially responsible and globally minded citizens that are an integral part of the Watts community and beyond.
School Vision: Simon Tech’s Vision is to heal and prevent generational trauma through strong instructional practices and social emotional learning so scholars can be successful in college, careers, and beyond. This success will lead scholars to hold the power to dismantle systemic oppression, reform the educational systems, and create equitable economic opportunities for themselves and others.
Pro-Black Vision: At Simon Tech we will intentionally hold high expectations for our Black scholars. We will build authentic relationships and partnerships with communities and families, while cultivating safe spaces where they feel a part of the school community. We will examine our systems and structures to dismantle those that are oppressive in nature. As a result we will see more Black scholars inside of the classrooms learning, and involved in school activities. Our efforts will lead to stronger instructional practices, and an increase in student engagement as a whole.
Simon Tech Core Values
School Instructional and Culture Visions and Theories of Action
Instructional Vision: Teachers will provide rigorous and engaging curriculum using research based instructional practices. They will be guided by a teaching framework that will lead to greater teacher growth and the development of more teacher leaders across content areas. Ultimately, scholars will become independent thinkers, own their learning and achieve greater academic success in preparation for college and beyond.
Instructional Theory of Action: Scholars
If we provide Simon Tech scholars with rigorous and engaging curriculum in all content areas using research based instructional strategies and “just in time” supports, then we will see more scholar ownership over their learning, thus becoming independent thinkers, which will lead to at least 25% scholar growth in students who are three or more grade levels behind in ELA and math as measured by iReady assessments by the end of the 21-22 school year.
Instructional Theory of Action: Staff
If (we) Simon Tech teachers use the Charlotte Danielson Framework as a tool to increase effective use of research-based instructional practices and just in time supports in the classroom, then teachers will have increased clarity around sound instructional practices that promote rigor and scholar ownership, which will lead to increased teacher efficacy and scholar agency and ultimately greater academic achievement as evidenced by iReady assessments.
Culture Vision: Simon Tech will provide a supportive environment that prioritizes the social emotional health and well being of scholars and adults, and is built on trust, collaboration, and pride for our school community. To do this, we will move as one team, for one sound.
Culture Theory of Action: Scholars
If we provide Simon Tech staff with a supportive environment that promotes their growth, development, and cares for their social and emotional well being, then, staff will take greater pride in their school community and increase trust amongst each other, which will lead to staff that feel happy and supported by their colleagues and administration and ultimately lead to increased staff retention.
Culture Theory of Action: Staff
If we provide Simon Tech scholars with a supportive environment that celebrates their whole being and cares for their social and emotional health, then, scholars will take pride in their school community, will want to come to school every day and actively participate in the instructional program, which will lead to scholars feeling supported by staff and increased SEL ratings in every major category at the EOY Panorama.