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Friday, May 31, 2024

#OutsiderVibes (Special Month-End Edition): Admiral Bill McRaven On Capturing Sadam Hussein And Honorable Leadership

Monday, May 27, 2024

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On #MemorialDay2024 In the United States


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Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers. Read More

Monday, May 13, 2024

On Our "Virtual Route 66" This Week: Some Mid-Week #RandomThoughts

For this Mid-Week Edition of our "Weekly Virtual Route 66", please note the following #RandomThoughts For the Week:

By Jennifer Molina, EdSource

For the four men whose stories are told in this documentary, just the chance to earn the degree made it possible for them to see themselves living a different life outside of prison.

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Army, Hip Hop & Entrepreneurship

with Ruben Ayala, CEO, Triple Nickel

In 2020, Army Special Forces veteran and entrepreneur Ruben Ayala realized that a lot of top military-themed retail brands had become politically polarizing. So, he—along with three fellow vets—decided to create Triple Nikel Clothing, a military and hip-hop-inspired line that embraces community and diversity. Four years later, the company is thriving. Ruben joins hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey to discuss how his mother was his original entrepreneurial inspiration, how the all-black WWII Airborne 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion became the company’s shining light, and how four vets who knew absolutely nothing about creating clothing have thrived.

The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Week Of May 6th

I am so excited to bring you the Top 10 Leadership Posts I read last week.  It contains some of the best leadership articles I have read in some time.  

The writers include Craig Groeschel, Michael Lombardi, Les McKeown, Sahil Bloom, Polina Pompliano and many, many more!  Their thoughts will challenge you, equip you, and make you a much better leader!  You will want to bookmark them and revisit them often throughout 2024.

Click HERE to check out The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Week Of May 6th.

Also, if you missed any of this past week's leadership articles, this is your chance to catch up!  Read the following:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

On Our "Virtual Route 66" This Week: On Education Watch

Our team was on the prowl this week as Campus Protests Surged throughout the United States in support of Palestinians.  As we went to press today, UC Irvine had an encampment to force divestment.  Our team will continue to assess as teachers throughout California continue to be in a state of flux with this snapshot courtesy of the team at EdSource: 

By Betty Márquez Rosales & Mallika Seshadri, EdSource

Student journalists are central to the reporting of historic national student protests, at times providing round-the-clock coverage and, increasingly, doing so under threats of arrest and violence.

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Almost 2,000 teachers across California received notices they might be laid off this year, a huge increase compared to last year. School districts are facing budget cuts, with federal Covid relief funding expiring, enrollment declining and state funding leveling off.

With California experiencing an ongoing teacher shortage, what is the impact of this flood of pink slips on schools and teachers?


California education news: What's the latest?

Upcoming Roundtable

Getting California kids to read: What will it take?

May 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Fewer than half of California students are reading by third grade. Even fewer Black and Latino students meet that standard.

While the state has taken some steps to get all kids to grade level, there is no comprehensive plan.

Districts decide how reading is taught and many use instruction deemed ineffective.

What’s standing in the way of ensuring all kids, including English learners, read by third grade?


This week’s stories from EdSource

Our picks from other sources

Police report no serious injuries. But scenes from inside UCLA camp, protesters tell a different story

By Connor Sheets, Richard Winton, Jason Armond, Safi Nazzal, and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, May 3

What’s next for Cal Poly Humboldt students, faculty and administration after campus protest?

By Jenavieve Hatch, Sacramento BeeMay 3

College students are protesting schools’ ties to Israel. Here’s why.

By Kim Bellware, Washington Post, May 3

College student explores rare mental health condition in award-winning podcast

By Elissa Nadworny and Janet W. Lee, NPR, May 2

California Republicans want to take financial aid from protesters if they were violent

By Alexei Koseff, CalmattersMay 2

Who were the masked men behind the UCLA camp attack? Online sleuths vow to find out

By Brittny Mejia, Jessica Garrison, and Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, May 2

Also of interest

PK-12 Educational Hybrid Employment Fair: The Los Angeles County Office of Education, Tulare Office of Education and California Center on Teaching Careers are holding the PK-12 Educational Employment Fair on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event will feature both in-person and virtual attendance options, with registration required. Be prepared for potential online interviews or onsite interviews at LACOE’s Education Center West Building, located at 12800 Ardis Avenue, Downey, CA 90242. More than 30 education agencies are looking for candidates to fill job openings including Glendale Unified, Los Angeles Unified School District, Orange County Department of Education, Long Beach Unified, San Gabriel Unified and many more. Whether you're seeking a teaching or non-teaching role, inquire about open educational employment positions in Southern California. Find more information and register here.

Labor-management conference: June 24-26. The California Labor-Management Initiative invites school districts to send teams to the annual conference in San Diego to hear from experts and exemplar districts, and discuss opportunities to build labor and management teams in difficult times. Teams should include the superintendent, HR director, certificated and classified union leaders and a school board member. School teams also can attend. Go here to register and learn more.

UCD Davis C-STEM (Computing-STEM) Professional Development/Computer Science Supplementary Teaching Credential Program: Summer 2024. With over a decade of experience in providing professional development for K-12 teachers, UC Davis C-STEM has been training teachers without any prior coding experience on computer science and integrating the discipline into STEAM education. C-STEM offers fun, hands-on, and project-based PD. In Summer 2024, UCD C-STEM is offering professional development at UC Davis and UCR. More info here.