It was “Back to School Night” last week for the La Cañada Unified School District, and parents like Vanessa Rosas hunkered down Thursday evening to take in what was going to be a virtual presentation of the annual event, this year’s program emphasizing the distance learning platform that has gripped the community in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.
She felt wary, as most parents do by now, of the way remote learning is affecting the morale and academic effectiveness of her youngsters, but when La Cañada High School 7/8 representatives dug in with a high-energy virtual presentation to help animate students and parents, she perked up.
Then her spirits crashed. Continue reading “Diversity Plan’s Future Worries Some LCUSD Stakeholders”
When it comes to racial diversity, equity and inclusion, the La Cañada Unified School District has been given a road map to improve its grade. LCUSD Governing Board members showed enthusiasm Tuesday for embracing the beginnings of a plan to improve inclusion, empathy, tolerance and much more throughout the district, after listening to findings gathered over the course of a year by Pasadena-based Christina Hale-Elliott. Hired in September 2019 as the district’s first diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, she is the founder of Elliott Educational Services. For more than two hours, board members leaned in as Hale-Elliott summarized her findings, based on data collected via numerous surveys, interviews and focus groups involving teachers, staff, students and parents throughout the district at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The report also drew on quantitative data provided by the LCUSD and the California Department of Education website.
The La Cañada Unified School District’s plan to reopen schools is becoming clearer despite the uncertainty that lies ahead because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette previewed plans from the reopening committee — consisting of district board members, staff members, educators and parents — and addressed concerns from stakeholders during a virtual LCUSD Governing Board meeting on Tuesday.
More details of the committee’s plans will be presented at a meeting on July 14 so that the board can approve them. Sinnette preferred to show a plan early to allow parents and personnel to better prepare for the 2020-21 school year scheduled to begin on Aug. 17. Continue reading “School Officials Introduce Initial Reopening Plans”
Talking to young children about race is a discussion to be held as soon as possible.
That’s the message La Cañada Unified School District’s diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Christina Hale-Elliott recently gave at a talk to a group of about 20 people. In the discussion, “How to Talk With Young Adults About Race,” Hale-Elliott addressed topics, including a brief history of racism, white privilege and the model minority myth. Children as young as 3 months start to display reactions to race, Hale-Elliott said. Continue reading “District Diversity Consultant Shares Ideas About Race at Workshop”
At the first workshop to cultivate feedback on diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the La Cañada Unified School District, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette laid out some pertinent themes for discussion, including student safety and how to better create an atmosphere of acceptance and empathy. Continue reading “LCUSD Workshop Tackles Diversity, Inclusion”