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Board Briefs - April 9, 2019

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, April 9 (the full agenda packet can be found here).

Students from Superintendent's Student Advisory Council share update with board

The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council was created in the fall of 2017, with the goal of developing peer-identified initiatives that amplify student voice and create positive change on school campuses. The current council is comprised of students from seven high schools, including Bella Vista, Casa Roble, Del Campo, Mesa Verde, Mira Loma, Rio Americano and San Juan. The council meets with the superintendent monthly. 

Students Zoey Robie and Donesh Davami provided the board with an update on the council's initiatives. Initially, the council had three primary focus areas: mental health, getting more students involved with advanced classes and engaging students to be involved with more school and community events. 

The council created and distributed a survey to students to find out priorities, and this year focused on finding out feedback related to developing a student app.

Board presented with updates on new textbook adoptions

As San Juan Unified continues to move forward with the implementation of the state standards and new graduation requirements, it is essential that teachers and students have access to current and aligned instructional materials. To address this need, the Professional Learning and Curriculum Innovation department formed adoption committees composed of teachers, administrators, parents, community members and support staff to explore, pilot and recommend new standards-aligned textbooks and materials for adoption. A wide variety of schools, with all grade and course levels represented, reviewed and piloted the textbooks and materials. 

An updated was provided to the board on new textbook adoptions for:

  • World language (Chinese and Spanish for Native Speakers)
  • Advanced Placement human geography
  • Mathematics (Math Foundations and Transition to Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Next Generation Science Standards grades 6-8
  • History-social science (grades TK-5)
  • History-social science (grades 6-8)
  • World History
  • United States History (high school)

 The full presentation is available. Board action is anticipated at the April 23 board meeting. 

In other news…

  • The board adopted a resolution proclaiming April 23 as School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day.

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.