On Netflix and PBS: The Address

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.

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6 tips to help parents stay involved

An incredible poster was recently shared with me that is definitely worth passing on. It contains six simple-yet-powerful tips for staying involved in our children’s lives. I’m sure we all agree that Romoland School District’s kids are worth our renewed focus in these areas. The poster was created by Gwinnett County Public Schools and you can check it out... read more

Transparent California

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…

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Happy first day of school!

I wanted to wish everyone a happy first day of school. The 2015-2016 school year is full of promise, and I know great things are in store for the entire district. As you prepare and transport your previous cargo to school today, please be extra cautious to ensure the safety of all of our students. Here’s to a great year!... read more

Ed-Data

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:

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What are kids capable of?

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:

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On Netflix: The Mighty

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…

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Lessons from Temecula

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…

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Masters in Governance: course one

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…

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On Netflix: The Gruffalo

First published in 1999, The Gruffalo has become an instant picture book classic. The Academy Award-nominated adaptation of the book currently being featured on Netflix makes a great family night flick! Rated: G Time: 28 minutes Trailer: Don’t have a Netflix account? Watch The Gruffalo on Amazon Instant... read more

CSBA conference, day three

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…

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CSBA conference, day two

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…

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CSBA conference, day one

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…

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