Did you receive your ballot yet? I just did, and I plan to vote this week.
We have excellent candidates for Mt Diablo School Board this year, and tonight is a candidate forum during the CAC Oct 6th meeting at 7pm. Check out candidate profiles and more at https://votersedge.org/ca
Also our Mt Diablo School Board unanimously endorsed Prop 15: Schools and Communities First, which would bring desperately needed funding back to our schools, cities and county.
My latest news is that I just graduated from Masters in Governance - a series of courses from California State School Board Association that equips board members and superintendents with the knowledge and skills to build and support an effective governance structure.
And as a parent I was happy to attend virtual back to school nights for both my kids, witnessing first hand the incredible caring & creativity each teacher puts into building relationships with students in this challenging time, as well as taking the time to connect with parents. I am so thankful.
Read on for specifics on:
- Board Study Session Oct 7th on Reopening School
- School Board meeting Oct 12
- LivingWorks Youth Summit & free suicide prevention course
- Speaking up against Racism Around the new Coronavirus
- Trauma is Written into our Bodies, but Educators can Help - “Educators can deliver the daily doses of healing interactions that truly are the antidote to toxic stress.” by Dr Nadine Burke Harris, CA surgeon general
Board Study Session Oct 7th on Reopening School
We’ve received many questions about when/where/how we could reopen schools in person to students in our district. That is why Superintendent Clark wrote in his Friday letter about scheduling a special study session on this topic, starting at 3pm on Wednesday Oct 7th.
The agenda is posted here: https://mdusd.org/boardagendas and is focused on a conversation among board members and staff about reopening plans. If you have questions or ideas to share on that topic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be an option to join the meeting live to speak via zoom - how-to information will be posted here on that day.
There is one other topic on the agenda and that is the updating of board policies that relate to Charter schools. These are a simple update from the recent law changes in 2019.
Next School Board Meeting Monday Oct 12th
Find the agenda here, along with information about the live broadcast and the opportunities for public comments.
Oct 12th is also Indiginous People’s Day. One current effort to improve the accuracy and inclusion of our teaching is the CA state Ethnic Studies draft model curriculum. This is geared towards teachers of Ethnic Studies classes (MDUSD currently has one at YVHS and one at CHS), but excerpts from it may be used by any teacher.
LivingWorks Youth Summit
On September 15, TikTok star and comedian Caitlin Reilly emceed this online streaming event. Actress Lexi Underwood, International Slam Dunk Champion Kenny Dobbs, YouTube Vlogger Lavendaire, AGT winner Shin Lim and more spoke to California middle and high school students at the LivingWorks Youth Summit with one main message: together, we can save lives from suicide. They shared their own struggles of mental health, resilience and hope, intertwined with music, performances and interviews. Watch Here
The Summit was the official launch of the CDE’s online suicide prevention training for staff and students. LivingWorks Start is a 90-minute online suicide prevention skills training program available at no cost to CDE staff, teachers and students through the 58 county offices of education.
To sign up for your LivingWorks Start suicide prevention training: visit www.lwyouthsummit.com/access or text start to 888-707-0780.
You'll learn skills to help a friend or classmate, and you'll get 90 minutes of community service learning credit! Once you sign up you have 60 days to complete the training.