Dr. Fred Brill, Superintendent
Summer School Schedule 2013-2014
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All students will become engaged community members contributing to, and becoming good stewards of,our changing world.
Newsletter from Superintendent Brill
Spring has definitely arrived. Trees and wild flowers are in full bloom, there is pollen in the air, and students are being drawn toward summer vacation. Of course, there is still a lot of powerful teaching and learning that will be taking place between now and June 12! I want to take this opportunity to thank teachers and support staff who work so hard, using heart and soul, hands and minds, to ensure all of our students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and career!
In honor of Staff Appreciation, the Board passed resolutions acknowledging Week of the Teacher, and Week of the Classified Employee. Please be sure to thank our unsung heroes in these final weeks of school. We are so fortunate to have such educators who work tirelessly on behalf of our students.
For the past five months, we have been deeply engaged in a strategic planning/local control accountability planning process. We have appreciated your input and involvement in this very important work. The Mission, Vision, Strategic Priorities and District Goals have been revised, and will be used to align our resources and practices to ensure we achieve more equitable and improved learning outcomes for all of our students.
On May 6, the San Lorenzo Governing Board approved our first wave of strategic investments that are targeted to increase or improve the services for subgroups who have traditionally been underserved (English language learners, low income, foster youth, Latino/Hispanic and African American students, students receiving special education, and homeless youth). While several of the initiatives must be negotiated with bargaining groups, all said, there are 27 initiatives that will have a positive impact on student learning and the working conditions taking place throughout our District. These include lowering class size, adding instructional coaches, a social worker, a librarian, paraeducators, summer school, and additional preparation time for elementary school teachers.
The following are some of the highlights/successes that reflect the good work taking place across the District.
There is so much to be proud of here in San Lorenzo! Of course, there are so many others worthy of special recognition. I am honored and humbled to work along-side such a committed group of educators and employees. I wish you all a positive and productive end-of-the school year.
Fred Brill, Ed.D.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
On January 9th, over 100 SLZUSD directors, administrators, teachers, and community partners started the new year by learning more about Restorative Practices (RP). The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by building relationships and repairing harm. To learn more, click here. Led by Amos Clifford of The Center of Restorative Process, this day was a unique and powerful experience. Sitting together in a large circle, participants actively participated in a variety of restorative exercises including an appreciative inquiry where volunteers used a structured process to publicly thank and appreciate someone else in the group. The tone of the day was overwhelmingly positive and created a feeling of care and closeness that will in turn radiate out and impact our larger school community. Here is what people are saying about the day:
“I thought the last training we had was the best ever. We used to use classroom circles years ago and this will help us to start them again.”
“This is exactly where we should be spending more professional development time with teachers and staff.”
“The day helped me form a closer tie with my administrator and colleagues.”
“I now have a powerful tool to use in the classroom to resolve conflicts at the classroom level, build community, and share positive feelings about one another.”
Visit http://www.centerforrestorativeprocess.com/ to download a free Restorative Circles curriculum guide.
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