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California PACEs Action

March 2022

How to diversify California’s educator workforce [edsource.org]

By Travis J. Bristol, Photo: Allison Shelly/American Education, EdSource, March 30, 2022 T here is a demographic mismatch between teachers and students across California’s public schools. The most recent data from the California Department of Education indicated that while 77% of students are Asian American, Black, Latino, and/or Native American, only 39% of their teachers are. Why should we care about teachers of color in our California classrooms? A compelling body of research continues to...

How one California elementary school sees success after overhauling its reading program [edsource.org]

By Ali Tadayon, Photo: Nystrom Elementary, EdSource, March 8, 2022 H alfway through the first school year using an overhauled literacy program , Richmond’s Nystrom Elementary is beginning to see some early signs of success. The 500-student Bay Area school obtained a waiver from West Contra Costa Unified that allowed it to discard the district’s previous reading curriculum, which has been criticized for not focusing enough on phonics. It replaced the program with one that has a greater...

More Black and Latino Californians face out-of-reach home prices [calmatters.org]

By Alejandro Lazo, Photo: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./CalMatters, CalMatters, March 24, 2022 Homeownership has long been considered a path to the middle class. But just 17% of Black and Latino households could afford a median-priced home in California last year, down from the prior two years, according to a new report. All Californians faced a high-barrier market in 2021. Only 26% of California households earned the minimum annual income of $144,400 needed to afford the monthly payments of a home...

NEW Parenting with PACEs resources!

We know how hard Parenting with PACEs can be. We at PACEs Connection want to support you in your parenting journey, and we’re excited to share that we have lots of resources to help you. Check out our NEW Parenting with PACEs resource list , which includes: Books for Parents Handouts for Parents Resources for Children Videos, Documentaries, and Podcasts for Parents Websites, Toolkits, Classes, and Articles for Parents You can also find these Parenting with PACEs resources in our new PACEs...

Virtual Healing Circle

Welcome to Virtual Healing Circles! This session serves as an opportunity for people to connect and offer supportive group spaces in processing the ongoing violence across our globe. We invite you to join us in sharing a space for people to offer compassion and experience unity. Join us Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please register here: bit.ly/healingcircle3-30

Students had nowhere to sleep, so a San Francisco school opened the gym: ‘How could we not?’ [theguardian.com]

By Gail Cornwall, Photo: Marissa Leshnov/the Hechinger Report, The Guardian, March 17, 2022 On a Friday evening in the fall of 2019, Maria Flores stood waiting with her “crazy heavy” duffel bag and her teenage son outside the office of a man whose home she cleaned. After being evicted, “every single day I was looking for a place to live”, Flores said. The man had offered two air mattresses, keys to his office, and permission to sleep there on weekends. But on this Friday, someone was working...

Mathew Portell: From vagabond student to PACEs-informed educator to PACEs Connection director of communities

It took eight years for Mathew Portell to get an undergraduate degree. Not sure what to major in, the self-described, “free-spirited vagabond” matriculated at more than a handful of colleges and universities throughout the Midwest while working low-paying jobs to support himself. Yet this month, Portell was hired as director of communities for PACEsConnection, where he will help our Growing Resilient Communities and Cooperative of Communities programs find the resources our network provides...

Research shows only a tiny percentage of physicians integrating PACEs science

Three relatively recent studies from different parts of the U.S. show that only a tiny percentage of physicians, medical school faculty and other healthcare providers are integrating practices and policies based on the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs). Why it matters: For people in the PACEs community, the following is news that’s 20 years old: Adverse childhood experiences are common, preventable and linked to six out of the top ten leading causes of death in...

Historical Trauma in the American Southwest Event Recap

On March 17, 2022, PACEs Connection hosted our fifth event in our Historical Trauma in America series . The event was facilitated by PACEs Connection staff members Dana Brown (organizational liaison), Donielle Prince (director of state initiatives), John Dovales Flores (community arts consultant), and Natalie Audage (family and community resources lead). The event featured guest speaker Gabriel Nuñez-Soria, an educator, PhD Student, and Director of the Trauma-Resilient Educational...

2022 HOPE Summit Highlights and Recordings [positiveexperience.org/category/blog]

By Laura Gallant, 3/24/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ On March 8, we held our second annual HOPE Summit – Growing HOPE with nearly 300 people participating. Even with the virtual platform we had high engagement among those who attended. We had about 125 posts on the events social wall, and 85 people joined us for the networking hour after the Summit. If you were unable to attend the conference, we are now offering free access to the conference site. You will be able to...

What makes some California school districts so much better at preventing bullying? [sbsun.com]

By Beau Yarbrough, Photo: Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG, San Bernardino Sun, March 23, 2022 It’s not just “kids being kids.” Bullying can cause a victim’s grades, emotional well-being and physical health to spiral, as in the 2017 case of a Danville girl filmed with her pants down in a bathroom , the video later posted to Instagram. It can end in suicide, as in the 2017 death of a Yucaipa middle school girl whose family reported she had been repeatedly harassed and threatened...

‘We have failed’: how California’s homelessness catastrophe is worsening [theguardian.com]

By Sam Levin, Photo: Jane Hahn/The Guardian, The Guardian, March 22, 2022 W hen California shut down in March 2020, advocates for unhoused people thought the state might finally be forced to solve its homelessness crisis. To slow the spread of Covid, they hoped, officials would have to provide people living outside with stable and private shelter and housing. But in the two years since, California’s humanitarian catastrophe has worsened: deaths of people on the streets are rising; college...

National Citizens Review Panel 2022 Conference: May 23-25, 2022

California's Citizen Review Panels are excited to host an in-person National CRP Conference in beautiful Monterey, California! The conference presents a unique opportunity for Citizen Review Panel Coordinators, members, and colleagues to get together and learn from one-another at the beautiful Asilomar Retreat Center in Pacific Grove, CA. For more information and to register click here: https://www.thinkreg.com/reg/site/8a94a8b47d07d508017d725b61fe0ead/

Assembly Bill- 506

AB 506 is a new law that was signed in September 2021. This bill requires an administrator, employee, or regular volunteer, as defined, of a youth service organization, to complete child abuse and neglect reporting training and undergo a background check. The bill also requires all youth service organizations to develop and implement child abuse prevention policies and procedures that, among other things, ensure the reporting of suspected incidents of child abuse to persons or entities...

National Citizens Review Panel 2022 Conference: May 23-25, 2022

California's Citizen Review Panels are excited to host an in-person National CRP Conference in beautiful Monterey, California! The conference presents a unique opportunity for Citizen Review Panel Coordinators, members, and colleagues to get together and learn from one-another at the beautiful Asilomar Retreat Center in Pacific Grove, CA. For more information and to register click here: https://www.thinkreg.com/reg/site/8a94a8b47d07d508017d725b61fe0ead/

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