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From the desk of Niki Reina-Guerra


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From the Desk of Dr. Clark Bryant:


This short Digital Hybrid Socratic Seminar clip provides an opportunity for teachers to consider ways to use a Socratic Seminar and integrate technology into that practice.  As indicated on this CDE website, this 13 minute video shows Matthew Cowan─an instructional coach at Redlands Unified School District─demonstrating the formative assessment process as his grade 9 ELA students debate the effects of texting and video games on student learning.  



From the Desk of Ricardo Perez, Manager of English Learner Services


Are you wondering how you can bridge and bring to life the ELA/ELD standards in the classroom? Then watch this video, featured in the Common Core Channel. This comprehensive video provides an overview of the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework for California Public Schools. This resource is designed to help educators and other stakeholders learn more about the implementation of the CA Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, and the CA ELD Standards.



Contribution of: Patrick McGrew, DJUSD Director of Special Education


This is one general education teacher’s take on how to work with students who receive special education services in her class.  Specifically, she is discussing her ideas about where the students who receive special education services are seated in her class.  I encourage you to watch the video and see if it has any ideas that are useful for you.  I enjoyed the teacher’s high expectations for all her students.




Contribution of: Kate Snow, DJUSD Climate Coordinator


Looking for resources to support your teaching in November?  Here is a link to Teaching for a Diverse America, with election-related activities like a StoryCorps clip about trying to register to vote in the segregated South, a Veteran’s Day-appropriate poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, stories for the primary grades and more. 




GAFE (Google Apps for Education) is now called G-Suite!


G Suite is the new name for Google Apps, the company's collective name for its enterprise versions of Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts and other applications. The company announced the name change in September and said it was doing so to better reflect the broader manner in which enterprises are using the applications these days.


From the desk of Bill Storm:


Last week I happened to catch this episode of TED Radio Hour on the topic of The Meaning of Work. While the TED Talk itself is really good (second link, 15”), the radio program version (first link, 12”) is actually more revelatory to our work here in DJUSD with Margaret Heffernan’s discussion of child development, mental health and community culture.


TED Radio Hour episode: http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/443411154/the-meaning-of-work


TED Talk: http://www.npr.org/2015/10/02/443412777/is-the-professional-pecking-order-doing-more-harm-than-good



Contributor: Troy Allen, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Learning


In thinking about instructional practice and what truly impacts student learning, John Hattie has done high quality research we can all benefit from knowing.  His book, Visible Learning,  is a synthesis of more than 800 meta-studies covering more than 80 million students.  According to John Hattie Visible Learning is the result of 15 years of research about what works best for learning in schools. TES once called him “possibly the world’s most influential education academic."





For a quick overview of what has positive and negative impact, tour through this site!


I feel honored to greet you as the new superintendent of the Davis Joint Unified School District to say welcome back to the new school year! I look forward to meeting you and hope you will introduce yourself if you see me out and about at school sites or in town.  I am getting to know Davis, which is a wonderful community.

The Davis Joint Unified School District is a leading center of educational innovation.  Our mission is to ignite a love of learning and equip each student with the knowledge, skills, character, and well-being to thrive and contribute to an evolving and increasingly-connected world.

Every day I spend meeting the families, community members and business owners in our district reconfirms for me that DJUSD is home to a vibrant family of excellent schools and programs for our students. Thank you for your many contributions that make this possible.

The successful opening of school depends on a tremendous amount of hard work that goes on over the summer. Principals, teachers and our classified staff are hard at work preparing for the start of school and we look forward to welcoming your children into our classrooms.

School climate is a critical component in the formation of schools and classrooms where students thrive. DJUSD has made great strides in identifying, sharing and implementing best practices that promote equity and restorative practices across the District. I want to thank our teachers, principals and other staff for their efforts in building positive school culture and climate for our students, and I look forward to our continued work in this area. Students do best when they feel they are in a physically and emotionally safe and secure learning environment, and our collective commitment to this idea positively impacts students each day.

I am keenly interested in your views about our district and hope you will email me at superintendent@djusd.net with your answers to the following questions:

  1. What is something great going on in DJUSD?
  2. What is something in DJUSD that could use a second look?
  3. What is something new you would like to see the district try?
  4. Imagine it is five years in the future — describe your dream newspaper headline for DJUSD.

Thank you for entrusting your children to our schools and for your continued involvement in their education. We look forward to a terrific 2016-17 school year!