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Hi there!

Happy Monday and welcome to the inaugural issue of the Hope Herald, a regular newsletter that aims to inform students, families, educators, and community members about what is happening in Stockton Unified Schools - particularly in Area 4.

If you've received this in your inbox, it's because 1) you are an educator in Stockton Unified, 2) you are a community member that cares about our schools, or 3) the invisible Gmail pipes have been crossed (in which case -- oops, the unsubscribe link is below). In this e-mail, I plan to highlight the amazing work going on in our district, share opportunities for our schools and community members, distribute news that matters to our kiddos, and to report on the work we're doing to improve outcomes in Stockton Unified.

Please share your thoughts, your ideas, and anything else you'd like to see covered. Until then - thank you for all that you to do help our kids achieve success in college and in their careers.
 
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In community,
Lange

From The Dais: Board Notes

The next school board meeting is on Tuesday, October 24th at 7pm at 701 N. Madison Street. The full agendas and minutes are on the Stockton USD website - search for '2017'.

Highlights from the Last Meeting
In September the Board voted to:
  • Build our first K-8 school *ever* in the Quail Lakes district (aiming to open in 2018-19), which will alleviate overcrowding at Tyler Skills Elementary, Primary Years Academy, and El Dorado schools.
  • Expand STEM professional development consulting (through A2Z Consultants) to 6 additional schools.
  • Support the 5-year re-establishment of the (reformed) Miracle Mile Improvement District PBID, ensuring that the Adult School will receive all new sidewalks in the future.
Next Meeting We Will Consider
The Board will vote on proposals to:
  • Send a delegation to visit the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a highly-successful 'school turnaround' org that works with traditional district schools to improve outcomes - through more support to principals and educators, and leveraging community resources.
  • Establish a position of the Ombudsman (I had to look up the definition too) to help community solve problems & navigate our system.
  • Authorize the construction of a new district admin building on the SECA campus.
FAQ: What is a school board and what are their responsibilities?

A school board is a local group of elected individuals that works with its community to improve its public schools. Our school board’s primary responsibilities are to ensure students get the best education possible; hire and evaluate the superintendent; and develop and adopt policy, curriculum, and the budget.

How do I speak at a school board meeting?

Stockton Unified's school board meets on the dates specified in the district’s meeting schedule at the district administration building - 701 N. Madison Street. Past and upcoming meeting agendas are posted online the Friday before each regular meeting. Time is set aside for public comment during each school board meeting. Prior to the time for public comment, fill out a speaker card — the "Public Comment Card" — which you’ll find on the table next to the board room entryway. You’ll have exactly 2 minutes to share your story with the board.

Click here for more tips on attending a board meeting.

Upcoming events

Educator Opportunities

A national non-profit organization named Eye to Eye is seeking K-8 schools in Stockton to work with to expand peer mentorship for students with learning disabilities. 

Eye to Eye's mission is to improve the life of every person with a learning disability. We fulfill our mission by supporting and growing a network of youth mentoring programs run by and for those with learning differences, and by organizing advocates to support the full inclusion of people with learning disabilities and ADHD in all aspects of society.

For more information, please contact 
Tori Kissner / Mentoring Growth Manager
415-741-8261 (direct) / tkissner@eyetoeyenational.org

Final Words:

This month I'm re-reading Jeff Duncan-Andrade's "Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete" for inspiration. In it, he argues that for us to create lasting change in our schools, we need to fight against 'false hope' and invest in the 'critical hope' needed to sustain our kiddos.

"In the past three decades, however, there has been an assault on hope, particularly in our nation’s urban centers. This attack has taken place on numerous fronts, including
disinvestment in schools and overinvestment in a prison industrial complex. Such policies have eroded true hope and given rise to false hope, a reactionary distortion of the radical premise of hope.... The second half of this essay attends to the work of educators in rebuilding the critical hope that has been worn down in our communities. Such educators deliver us from false hope by teaching in ways that connect the moral outrage of young people to actions that relieve the undeserved suffering in their communities" (182).
Read more
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