The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices.
In this episode, we speak to Kathy Gomez, the Superintendent of Evergreen School District in San Jose, California. She discusses her district’s push to use technology to increase rigor and optimize student learning experiences. Using a framework called “Defining Student Outcomes,” ESD is actively redefining the expectations for student learning to align with current shifts in the area of college and career readiness. She is also approaching her work through the lens of her migrant students as demonstrated by the district’s pilot program to provide them with laptops they can use at home.
About Kathy Gomez
Kathy Gomez has served as Superintendent of Evergreen School District since July 1, 2011. She began her career with the District in 1987 as a teacher at Holly Oak and then Cedar Grove. She moved into administration in 1997 as Assistant Principal at Cedar Grove. She was appointed principal of Holly Oak July 1, 2000. In 2004 she was appointed Director of Educational Services and in 2009 was promoted to Assistant Superintendent.
Kathy was born in Long Beach, California and has lived in San Jose since 1972. She is a graduate of Leland High School and San Jose State University, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She returned to SJSU to pursue a teaching credential and a Masters degree in Education Administration.
Passionate about education innovation and positive school culture, Kathy has pursued a district partnership with New Tech Network to launch Bulldog Tech, the first New Tech School in Silicon Valley. Bulldog Tech was featured on the Today Show and among its many accolades, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and a New Tech Network Exemplary School. Under Kathy’s leadership Katherine Smith Elementary School has undergone a reinvention and is one of the first elementary schools in the nationwide New Tech Network. Katherine Smith School is recognized as a P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Learning) Exemplar School and a No Excuses University school. Both Bulldog Tech and Katherine Smith have received national and international recognition for their work. Most recently a third New Tech School, Lobo School of Innovation, was launched on the campus of Quimby Oak Middle School in 2016.
Kathy is Co-Chair of the East Side Alliance. She serves on the Ed Leader 21 Advisory Board, the iHub Innovation Advisory Board (Silicon Valley Education Foundation), as well as the YouthTruth Advisory Board.
Kathy resides in Almaden Valley with her husband, Larry. Kathy and Larry have two grown sons, Adam and Ryan.
About Evergreen School District
Evergreen School District provides its students a high quality education in a safe and nurturing environment where each student demonstrates a spirit of respect, responsibility and a commitment to academic and civic excellence. ESD’s vision is that, through community partnership, it will be recognized at the local, state and national level as a model for excellence in academics, arts and the sciences.
Evergreen Promises to
Be responsive, future thinking and reflective of the innovative community in which it lives
Aspire to provide an unparalleled education for its students, one that will prepare them for the world that awaits them
Embody the warmth of a family, one that looks out for one another at all times
Be a community of education professionals that respects the talents, skills and imagination of its teachers, staff and administrators
Work to strengthen community bonds with families, neighbors and partners
Build on a rich history while embracing the future
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