The 2020 Vision is Berkeley’s community-wide effort to end the disparities in academic achievement that exist along racial lines among children and youth in Berkeley. The 2020 Vision represents a commitment by the Berkeley Unified School District, the City of Berkeley, the University of California at Berkeley, and several community partners to achieve the following:
“That all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, and income, who enter Berkeley Schools beginning in 2007 (and remain in the district) will achieve equitable outcomes with no proficiency differences by the time they graduate in June, 2020; and that all children born in Berkeley in 2007 and beyond, receive a healthy start and are equally ready to learn and succeed in Berkeley Public Schools.”
Educators in Berkeley believe that improving educational outcomes for under-performing students improves outcomes for all students. Equity and academic excellence work in tandem and both are a priority in our schools.
The 2020 Vision Collaborative is currently working to make Berkeley a community in which:
All Children Enter Kindergarten Ready to Learn
All Children Read Proficiently by the End of the Third Grade
All Children Attend School
All Children Graduate from High School – Ready for College and Career
Highlights of the 2020 Vision partnership accomplishments in 2011 include:
- The Berkeley Alliance began hosting a Kindergarten-Early Childhood Education Collaborative, a forum for connecting Pre-K providers and Kindergarten teachers to share information and support children and families entering Kindergarten.
- The City of Berkeley Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department helped prepare 71 students for Kindergarten through the City of Berkeley’s Power Play pre-K program.
- BUSD piloted a Universal Kindergarten Assessment that will, in future years, provide valuable information about how we can better prepare our students for Kindergarten, and help K- understand the strengths and needs of their new students.
- Berkeley Alliance, BUSD, City of Berkeley and UC Berkeley all partnered to expand UC’s Cal Corps BUILD: Equity through Literacy tutoring program to all 11 BUSD elementary schools, 2 city recreation programs and 2 community programs to help over 240 struggling readers reach reading proficiency.
- City of Berkeley staff donated nearly 1,000 books for distribution at afterschool programs as a part of our early literacy campaign.
- BUSD and the Berkeley Police Department jointly launched the Truancy Absenteeism Reduction Prevention Program-a partnership to ensure that students out of class during the school day return to school to attend classes.
- The Berkeley Alive and Free Coalition was formed – a new learning community of youth providers and community members trained to implement the Alive & Free violence prevention and youth engagement model developed by Dr. Joseph Marshall of the Omega Boys Club.