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Biden Picks San Diego Unified’s Cindy Marten for Federal Education Post (timesofsandiego.com)

President-Elect Joe Biden announced Monday he has nominated San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten to the post of deputy secretary in the federal Department of Education . Marten has been SDUSD superintendent since 2013. She got her start as a teacher and school-wide literacy specialist in the Poway Unified School District and has worked as an educator for 32 years, including 17 years as a teacher and stretches as principal and vice principal. She worked for 10 years...

San Diego Unified School District Changes Grading System to ‘Combat Racism' (nbcsandiego.com)

Students will no longer be graded based on a yearly average, or on how late they turn in assignments. Those are just some of the major grading changes approved this week by California's second-largest school district. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is overhauling the way it grades students. Board members say the changes are part of a larger effort to combat racism. “This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” says SDUSD Vice President Richard Barrera. “If we’re...

5pm TODAY: San Diego Unified votes on School Climate Bills of Rights!

Amelia -- Just a friendly reminder that today is the big day! San Diego Unified School District will be voting on the School Climate Bill of Rights. We will meet at 4:30pm at 4100 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103. The board meeting will start at 5pm and the School Climate Bill of Rights is the first agenda item (E.1.). If you have not done so, please rsvp at the following link: http://www.midcitycan.org/sdusd_school_board_votes_on_school_climate_bill_of_rights Come out and show support!

‘Push Back’: Unified Schools Crowd Faces Down Divisive Fears (timesofsandiego.com)

Kevin Beiser acknowledged what brought hundreds of parents, teachers and students Wednesday evening to a dusty ball field in Old Town — the fear of “what it would be like in Nazi Germany.” But school board member Beiser promised the San Diego Unified School District would “push back” against enablers of hate. Trustee Richard Barrera noted a 950-word school board resolution approved last week “reaffirming values of peace, tolerance and respect for multiple perspectives.” (see attached)...

What If Schools Hired Dogs As Therapists? (brightreads.com)

A school in San Diego uses a “facility dog” to offer children a kind of healing that humans sometimes cannot provide. It used to take Mary Skrabucha five minutes to walk across the campus of The O’Farrell Charter School in San Diego. Now it takes her twenty, because with Sejera — a golden retriever  — by her side, kids and teachers are constantly stopping to say hello. Sejera isn’t your average friendly retriever. She’s a trained “facility dog” who works with Skrabucha in Family Support...

NEWS RELEASE -- Civic leaders stand with Supt. Cindy Marten to announce significant, systemic emphasis on ‘Restorative Justice’ next year in San Diego schools (sandiegounified.org)

Civic leaders stand with Supt. Cindy Marten to announce significant, systemic emphasis on 'Restorative Justice' next year in San Diego schools . Advocates for restorative justice say the program can help keep young people in school or on the job – and out of the prison system. Superintendent Cindy Marten agrees the program has the potential to help those students most at risk of serious discipline issues; however, she says restorative justice has the potential to help every student in the...

Yoga conflict stretches parents’ patience [SanDiegoUnionTribune.com]

Yoga classes will continue in the Encinitas school district for at least the next year, but the conflict over the program is likely to stretch on as the district searches for a permanent way to fund it. At a packed meeting Tuesday, the Encinitas Union School District board approved $416,000 for a health and wellness program centered on yoga practice, as part of its 2016-17 budget. That amount was scaled back from the $800,000 that Superintendent Tim Baird initially wanted to spend on...

Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets (4 minute video)

This video is about 2 years old, but I just came across it last week and wanted to share with you all. It is a powerful statement by the students at Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA. They speak about the ongoing adversity and toxic stress in their daily lives and in their community, all through the power of music. The youth voice is so important as we work to bring trauma-informed and resilience building practices to communities. Link to video: Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets

Oakland Unified to fund Restorative Justice with "at least" $2.3 million!

I'm not sure if this has already made the rounds, but I didn't see it on after scrolling 10 pages, and it's such good news, it's definitely worth a repost! "Oakland Unified school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to eliminate willful defiance as a reason to suspend any student and to invest at least $2.3 million to expand restorative justice practices in its schools". What a beautiful commitment to the child, to meeting their actual needs rather than just sending them away with their...

'Paper Tigers' screening explores psychology, social work [TheDailyAztec.com]

In solidarity with Child Abuse Awareness Month, OUTreach and the Latino Student Social Work Association are hosting a Resource Fair and screening of the documentary “Paper Tigers” on Friday, April 15. “Paper Tigers” follows a year in the lives of several students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school where many students have a history of truancy, behavioral problems and substance abuse. After researching the effects of adverse childhood experiences, the principal decides to change...

PAPER TIGERS Educational Version Now Available on DVD or Digital Streaming!

From Tugg.com, March 17, 2016 Tugg Edu is proud to present the highly anticipated ACEs documentary PAPER TIGERS to the educational marketplace. Directed by James Redford ( THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA, RESILIENCE ), PAPER TIGERS follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. With over 450...

Oregon State educators visit Cherokee Point Elementary in San Diego

Cherokee Point Elementary in City Heights (San Diego Unified School District) hosted 12 educators from Oregon on Friday, March 11th. The superintendents, principals and teachers spent the day with Principal Godwin Higa and Resource Specialist Patty Wallach to talk about the school becoming trauma informed, and how it functions. They visited classrooms and had lunch with the students, then met with Dr. Audrey Hokoda, Child, Development Department, San Diego State University and Dana Brown to...

Cherokee Point Youth Leaders learn about Child Abuse Prevention month

Some days at work are better than others. Yesterday was one of the best days I've had in awhile! I had the chance to speak to a small group of youth leaders from Cherokee Point Elementary School on Wednesday. As a representative of the Chadwick Center for Children & Families, I came to talk with them about Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) month, which is coming up in April. We are collaborating with Cherokee Point in an effort to bring awareness to the community about CAP month, resilience,...

Wisconsin 5th graders make music video to a mindfulness hip hop song by SF Bay Area artist, Just Me

Wisconsin elementary-school teachers are incorporating simple mental exercises in the classroom to promote well-being, thanks to a partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school's 5th graders recently made a music video for the song, "Don't flip yo' lid," by SF Bay Area hip hop artist, Just Me. The song's hook is, "mindfulness will change your life."

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