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Framework For the Future

Framework for the Future

In the fall of 2021,the Vista Unified School District Board of Education and the Superintendent, Dr. Matt Doyle, launched a collaborative process with the Vista community to develop a long-term Framework for the Future. This framework includes a revised vision for public education in Vista. This vision seeks to promote equity, collaboration, trust, kindness, and respect, giving students real-world experiences as well as strong academic preparation.  In this vision of the future, we want to create the conditions where every child and adult is supported, challenged, and inspired by engaging learning experiences. The framework also includes three portraits that will define the characteristics of what learners need to know and be able to do, what adults need to know and be able to to do to support learners, and how the system is redesigned to promote a learner-centered educational environment. The final component of the framework is the commitment to a set of values that outline how we behave and treat each other as we all strive to realize our vision for the future.

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Our Vision 

Every student graduates from Vista Unified as a resilient, agile learner and creative problem solver who navigates the world with confidence and kindness and eagerly embraces local and global challenges.

Portraits Quick Reference

As we begin to operationalize and socialize this new framework, it is important that we have quick references, similar to our House of Learning, which provide an overview of our Blueprint.  Quick references encapsulate the core ideas of each of the portraits and are complements to the more detailed system descriptions. 

Learner Portrait 

Kind and Confident
Students are positive, patient, appreciative, reliable, and responsible.  Students are resilient, self-directed learners who are self-aware and focused on a hopeful future.  
Curious and Connected
Students are inquisitive, innovative, and able to adapt to new ideas, and situations.Students are committed to positively impacting their family, their community, and the world.
Capable and KnowledgeableStudents develop and apply deep core academic knowledge and skills and can make connections across subjects.Students know how to purposefully adapt communication to deliver information.

Adult Portrait

Compassionate Champion                                                                                                                                                                    Adults are motivating, inspiring, kind, compassionate, and empathetic champions for all students. Adults see and support all students, family members, and co-workers from a strength-based perspective, including inherent cultural wealth and identity. Adults hold high expectations for all students (just hard enough) while feeding aspirations and possibility-thinking (future self).  
Flexible and Innovative Facilitator
Adults work well together, are trustworthy, honest, and committed to collaborate and to build connections with students, families, and other staff.   Adults support learning that is student-centered, innovative, and tailored to meet the individual strengths, interests, aspirations, and needs of students.  
Open-Minded and Equity-Centered Learner
Adults are learners open to new ideas, strategies, and practices that lead to continuous improvement in order to serve each and every student well.  Adults engage in practices that are free from bias, are anti racist, and build on the unique strengths each learner brings to the classroom or each colleague brings to their role.

System Portrait 

Inclusive Culture Focused on Growth                                                                                                                                                      Our system builds a culture that fosters equity, empathy, and inclusion. Our system reinforces a values and strengths-based culture of growth.
Joyful, Innovative, Rigorous, and Equitable Learning Environments 
 Our system supports a culture of joyful learning, educational rigor, and innovation. Our system promotes care, belonging, and connection. Our system fosters creativity, curiosity, and engagement.  
Future-Oriented, Forward Thinking                                                                                                                                                           Our system is designed to be future-oriented and aligned to a dynamic, fast-paced global ecosystem. 
Our system creates sustainably designed, future-focused learning environments.
Family and Community Partnerships                                                                                                                                                       Our system is built on a foundation of active community and business partnerships.  
Our system intentionally supports collaboration with schools and the community to provide service and real world experiences.


Our Mission
The purpose of Vista Unified School District is to inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems.


RESPECT: Knowing, valuing, and treating all with dignity

TRUST: Focusing every decision on the best interests of our learners through transparency, honest communication, and integrity
COLLABORATION: Creating a culture of continuous improvement, working in partnership with students, families, staff, and the community
EQUITY: Valuing diversity and providing equitable access and resources across the district for all students and adults to reach their full potential
KINDNESS: Developing a compassionate, nurturing, and kind learning and working environment


We believe that...

All students have a unique capacity to learn.
Risk taking, effort, and perseverance lead to excellence and innovation.
Individuals learn and work best in a safe, nurturing environment.

Strategic Parameters

We will always...

Promote servant leadership qualities in our students, staff, and administration.

Provide all stakeholders access to transparent information to promote two-way dialogue.

Include family and community members as partners in education.

We will never...

Give up on a student.Stop learning and improving.Tolerate disrespectful attitudes or treatment towards others.