Here are some interesting articles we received and discovered this past week…



Sexual Harassment Happens in Our Schools and It Happened to #MeToo

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Matt Lauer. Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. Charlie Rose. Garrison Keillor. The list just keeps growing. But for every celebrity who has been fired or sued for sexually harassing or abusing women at work, there are a dozen cases where women working everyday jobs are sexually intimidated at work—even in a local elementary school.

I should know…it happened to #MeToo.

I once had a male assistant principal who would stop in my room when I was working late. I’d be at my desk grading papers or making wall charts at 7 p.m., and he’d come in and say to me, “Marilyn, go home! This is why new teachers end up having marital problems; when you get home and your husband wants to have sex with you, you’ll be too tired.”

It gets worse.

But if study after study finds that 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, then the sad reality is that a third of female teachers have probably been sexually harassed by men who work alongside them in schools.

District Deeds Synopsis:

This article could be written about the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).  District Deeds has been told about numerous sexual harassment incidents in the district reaching EVERY level of school site and central office hierarchy.  Many of those victims have been hesitant to report the incidents.

Many of the victims of this sexual harassment in the SDUSD have the same response as the writer of this article and are afraid of even more retribution if they report the incidents.

We hope this article shows those victims in the SDUSD that they are not alone and that we are all in support of them if they decide to report harassment offenses.

We all MJST support #MeToo!!!

The Scary Truth About What’s Hurting Our Kids

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Why is this happening?  Why are kids more depressed because of electronics?
Think about when we were in school – we didn’t know every time that there was a get-together that we weren’t invited to and we didn’t see pictures of each outing, game, or party.

We didn’t care what we looked like when we were hanging out with friends, because we were  the only ones that were there- I can remember sitting around with my best friends in our sweatpants, just laughing – I didn’t wear makeup or care if I had my hair fixed just right, because the worry of a phone or camera wasn’t there.

Think about bullies.  When we left the school, we left them.   If teasing happened, it didn’t happen at home.  It didn’t happen so publicly.   Everyone couldn’t see it or know what they were teasing other kids about since they weren’t there.  Now, it’s all public knowledge, and anyone can join in or watch.   It’s horrifying.

District Deeds Synopsis:

This article pulls from many sources and makes a good attempt to both identify the root causes why and how our kids are suffering and also what we can do as parents to help them.

The best part of this article is the many resources and materials it provides for readers.  Well worth reviewing!!!

Millennials in Ed Reform

The preferences, opinions, and predilections of millennials have already reshaped American office culture, news consumption, and taxi-hailing. But what (if anything) do their opinions portend for education and ed reform?

According to recent research by Echelon Insights and the Walton Family Foundation, most millennials understand that education is important and teachers are key but have not made up their minds when it comes to school choice and charter schools.

This raises a key question: As more millennials become parents, find schools for their kids, and move into positions of leadership, what’s apt to change on the education reform front? Will today’s issues and initiatives get reshaped? Will different ones emerge at the top of the reform agenda?   

Here is the link to the discussion: Millennials in Ed Reform

And here is the video:

District Deeds Synopsis:

This 1 hour 24 minute discussion is a great primer in how quickly the landscape of k-12 education is changing.  The panelists cover a wide range of topics starting with survey data from millennial parents and teachers to social justice and education.

The discussion is presented in a town hall format so there are also questions from the audience that open up interesting perspectives.

The video covers a lot of key topics in a relatively brief period of time and is well worth watching.

With a Sunday Reads technological theme…Here is the Quote of the Week:

“Yes, kids love technology, but they also love legos, scented markers, handstands, books and mud puddles. It’s all about balance.”  – K.G. First Grade Teacher 


Have a Great Week!



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