While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.
It is too early to know for sure whether the Public School Choice initiative is producing markedly better schools, but the initial examination of student test scores from the first cohort of schools was encouraging.
In my role at Educators 4 Excellence, I've had the opportunity to work with two Teacher Policy Teams, interested in creating recommendations to improve the district's often ineffective hiring and retention policies.
How do we, as a school district, make volunteering easy and affordable enough to allow everybody to participate, while ensuring that we protect our children? Whether due to budget cuts or increased security concerns it has become more expensive and more difficult to volunteer on our campuses.
Amid this healthy debate, we want to remind stakeholders to stay true to LAUSD's movement to localize school control and Governor Brown's mandate to invest dollars directly in students, particularly those with the greatest needs.
LAUSD leadership needs to hear candid and constructive feedback from the community. Then, and only then, will we foster the level of trust and collaboration required to truly lift morale and performance in our public schools.