My name is Derek Rouch (pronounced Rou) and I am proud to serve Romoland School District as a Governing Board Member. I was elected to represent Trustee Area 5 on the board in 2014, and my current term will expire in 2018. As you check out my site, I’d like to remind you that the posts you read do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Romoland School District, its administration, or the positions of any of the other individual board members besides myself.
This documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns follows students from The Greenwood School, a small boarding school in Vermont that focuses on educating young men with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning differences, as they attempt to learn and recite one of our nation’s most powerful speeches, the Gettysburg Address.read more
A new year is underway, and that means it was back-to-school for “Mr. Rouch” in my day job as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at David A. Brown Middle School in Lake Elsinore Unified School District.
You may or may not be aware that teachers often receive a couple work days before the…read more
I heard the following program while driving to school this morning. You may wonder what a “guess-the-cow’s-weight” story could possibly have to do with the stock market—much less school board governance, but I actually see a pretty strong connection. Take a listen:read more
For those who might not know, transparentcalifornia.com is a site that allows you to look up the salary and/or pension of any California public employee, which includes those of us involved in K-12 education.
From their About page:
“Transparent California is provided by the California Policy Center and the Nevada Policy Research Institute as a public service…read more
The president of School Services of California recently referred me to ed-data.k12.ca.us, an excellent resource that contains a wealth of publicly-accessible information about “student demographics and performance, staffing and teacher salaries, as well as information about financial reports for all districts, county offices of education, and state.”
From their About page:read more
Kids can be so adorable, silly, stubborn, and—well—just plain immature sometimes that it’s easy to sell their abilities short. However, it’s also important to remember what else they are capable of. Here’s a short list of some of the amazing things that kids have done, or are currently doing around the world:read more
The Mighty is the 1998 film adaptation to Rodman Philbrick’s book Freak the Mighty, which tells the adventures of Max and Kevin, a pair of middle school outsiders who combine their strengths in order to overcome their weaknesses…read more
In case you missed it, Temecula Valley Unified School District’s board recently called for a review in the district’s hiring practices after it was discovered that the Superintendent’s daughter was hired to a position—previously nonexistent—which would pay up to $4,165 a month and required only a high school diploma…read more
Yesterday was Course Three of CSBA’s Masters in Governance (MIG) training. It covered only one topic, but it was a hefty one: School Finance.read more
If you’d like to see a great film about the power of chess in our schools, check out this award-winning documentary currently showing on Netflix.read more
As part of their Governance U, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) has created a five-course professional development program aimed at “equip[ping] board members and superintendents with the knowledge and skills to build and support an effective governance structure.”
Yesterday was Course One for me, and…read more
According to a November 2014 study published by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicagoCCSR):
“Grades and attendance—not test scores—are the middle grade factors most strongly connected with both high school and college success…read more
Day Three provided more great opportunities for personal growth as a new board member. Once again, I had a smorgasbord of breakout sessions to choose from in the morning, and CSBA had another incredible speaker in store for us at our afternoon general session…read more
Day Two proved to be another excellent primer in board governance. I had the ability to choose from a handful of excellent breakout sessions in the morning, and settled on the two that I felt would be the most beneficial in my own education as a new trustee…read more
First stop on my San Francisco tour was the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Orientation for New Trustees. Today’s orientation was titled Preparation for the First 100 Days, and covered a variety of key topics essential for new board members like myself…read more
The final results are in, and I am thrilled to announce that, beginning this December, I will be serving Trustee Area 5 as a Romoland School District Governing Board Member!read more