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


What Are The 21st-Century Skills Every Student Needs?

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The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.

Today’s job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy.

WEF Report: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology

District Deeds Synopsis:

Good article and study that gives an in-depth review of how implementing Social and Emotional Learning strategies (SEL) can best prepare students for 21st century workplace challenges.

Especially interesting is “Appendix 1 – Definitions of SEL Strategies” that give a good primer for what is currently being used world wide.

Improving Education Policy By Looking Beyond The “Experts”

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In December, Education Next published an article by Rick Hess called “Three Cheers for Imposter Syndrome” that, in part, argues that experts in education would be wise to be more humble. “And, since authentic humility seems to be in pretty short supply these days,” he writes, “I’ll happily accept impostor syndrome as a useful facsimile.”

Impostor syndrome is “the fear that you’ll be found out at any moment as an impostor who doesn’t belong in your job or can’t do an important task.” Conventional wisdom would tell us that the “impostor” is someone whose pedigree, depth of knowledge, and/or confidence doesn’t mesh with those of his or her peers. That certainly seemed to be what Hess was feeling when he himself felt like one as he waited to take his Graduate Record Examination.

District Deeds Synopsis:

This main topic of this article, “Imposter Syndrome”, is a virtual profile of the current San Diego Unified senior leadership.

Since Supt. Cindy Marten was improperly nominated by her crony, Trustee “Tricky Dick” Barrera, she must look in the mirror every morning with the realization that she is the “Imposter Syndrome Cover Girl”.

“No Mercy” Marten has consistently ignored the opinions of SDUSD Stakeholders (see Calendar Committee) and has proven to lack the the core characteristic of leadership: Authentic Humility.

As the article says “The more we hear and learn from those who possess relevant, firsthand knowledge that most of us lack, the better our schools will be for all students and families.”

We are afraid that this concept is beyond the understanding of Marten and the current Board of Education.

When Disadvantaged Students Overlook Elite Colleges

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Every year, scores of gifted students have their college prospects hampered by life circumstances. Imagine a teenager attending a high school where few of his peers make it to graduation, much less college. This student, however, is a high achiever. His grade-point average and test scores show it. In fact, they’re good enough to get into some of the best institutions in the country. But he doesn’t go to any of those institutions—let alone apply for them. Actual high-schoolers like this hypothetical student and the issues they face are very real.

The phenomenon—in which students do not attend the most selective colleges their qualifications suggest they could—is called “undermatching.” Few theories have garnered as much attention from the higher-education crowd as quickly as undermatching has. As Matthew Chingos, a policy expert at the Urban Institute, puts it, perhaps the chief problem with undermatching is that it disproportionately happens to low-income and minority students. A range of benefits comes with attending an elite institution: name recognition, more financial resources, and oftentimes an alumni network connected to powerful places. And by undermatching, capable students with unique perspectives on the world might miss out on those advantages—exacerbating a trend in which affluent students dominate the pipeline of those positioned for leadership roles.

District Deeds Synopsis:

We wish that every SDUSD Stakeholder – Parents, Teachers, Principals, Staff, Superintendents and Board of Education Trustees would read this article.  Obviously “undermatching” AND “unmatching” (a high achieving student who does not even attend college) for low income and minority SDUSD students is a reality but a search for “undermatching” or “unmatching” on the SDUSD website produces ZERO results:


Apparently “undermatching” and “unmatching” is NOT in the SDUSD vocabulary.

So we need to educuate them.

Please forward this article to every SDUSD contact you have…if we can make the difference by giving hope to even one SDUSD low income and minority SDUSD student, it will be well worth the effort!

Now for our Quote of the Week:

“To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect” – Jane Austen

Have a great week!!!



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