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


Traumatic Stories Play Themselves Out Across America’s Schools

Quote from Article:

To be sure, chronically underperforming schools like the one I was visiting that day also need smart academic strategies. Those include recruiting, developing, and retaining strong principals and teachers, especially those who are excited about transforming chronically underperforming schools. I have made that argument myself. But I have yet to walk onto such a campus in which high levels of student trauma are not present. Dealing with that reality is often the first barrier to greater academic success.

For example, traumatized children have difficulty building the types of meaningful relationships with teachers and other adults that help maximize learning. Traumatized children have extreme difficulty regulating their emotions. Traumatized children grapple with negative thinking, are often hyper-vigilant, and many face executive function challenges.

In simple terms, many of these children don’t trust the adults in the school, their emotional responses don’t match the stimuli, they see the worst in situations and people, and they often struggle to control their behavior.

District Deeds Synopsis:

A good article that offers some great insights into how many students are coping with trauma on a daily basis and offers some strategies on how a school site can successfully prepare to help them.

The article provided five key strategies that make a huge difference in creating a “trauma informed” school community:

Building a shared understanding on the team

Creating a safe environment for children

Affirming the assets of and the leadership within the community

Embracing a shared accountability amongst the team for each child’s success

Becoming flexible enough to meet the children’s changing needs

We have witnessed many individual schools in the San Diego Unified School District attempting to implement one or more of the strategies listed above.  District Deeds commends those Principals and schools for trying.

Unfortunately, given the totally incompetent leadership of SDUSD Elementary School Superintendent Cindy Marten and her  equally incompetent Board of Education it is extremely unlikely that even one of the five strategies listed could be deployed district wide.

It is up to the SDUSD Principals…good luck!


Quote from Article:

Did you know that we are closer than ever to closing the gender gap when it comes to technology? This is largely in part due to Girls Who Code – a foundation that is only six years old that has already reached over 90,000 girls!

What Girls Who Code is doing is important. As technology continues to infiltrate our everyday lives, this generation will need STEM skills for their future careers. Even more, STEM jobs are on the rise. However, Girls Who Code explains, “Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future, but fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women.” But, the good news is Girls Who Code is well on its way to closing this gender gap by 2027!

As the popularity of coding clubs grows, we need to find ways to keep our females engaged in computer sciences instead of losing interest in the high school years. To combat this issue, more educators are looking at starting a Girls Who Code Club in their schools. Thankfully, the foundation is making it easy for anyone to start a club – even those without coding experience!

District Deeds Synopsis:

The article introduced us to the Girls Who Code website that provides, for FREE, all the tools required to start and manage a school site based Girls Who Code Club for girls between the 3rd – 12th grade.

Based on a search on the SDUSD website, it appears that there are no clubs of this kind for Female Students in the 150 schools in the district…here is our search:

No surprise given the horrible “1 IT Tech for 2,300 classrooms” tech support imposed on school sites due to Supt. Cindy Marten $124 million budget mismanagement we described during the past school year.

Schools are lucky to have any functional computers…let alone spare computers for a “Girls Who Code” Club.

And this is the vaunted SDUSD “Vision 20/20” that “Develops schools as neighborhood learning centers.”?!?

Unfortunately just another 20/20 con job and lie by Marten, Barrera, Beiser, Evans, McQuary and Payne.

And EXTRA unfortunate for ALL our female SDUSD Students.

Millennial Teachers of Color Will Change Public Schools—If Given The Chance

Quote from Article:

Just turn on the TV or flip through a magazine and you will recognize a keen interest in millennials that shines a light on their distinct lifestyles, preferences, and career aspirations. Much of the information about this roughly age 22-37 cohort is generated by the business sector as it designs and markets new products to capture their interest and create work spaces to keep them happy and productive. On the other hand, the education sector has been slow to follow this lead in its effort to recruit, groom, and retain a subset of this cohort: highly sought PK-12 millennial teachers of color.

This May, Harvard Education Press published “Millennial Teachers of Color,” a book that addresses a missing link in the recurrent conversation about teacher diversity. Though the new teachers we are trying to recruit are racially and ethnically diverse, we often overlook that they are also part of the millennial generation—the most diverse, educated, socially connected, and now largest generation in the workforce. They come to the classroom with perspectives and attitudes about education that have been shaped not simply by race or ethnicity, but by all of these characteristics. Yet, too often, these diverse perspectives go unnoticed and even dismissed, and schools miss an opportunity to improve their culture in ways that could benefit teachers and students.

District Deeds Synopsis:

A facsinating article that describes the many advantages to tap into the “diverse, educated, socially connected, and now largest generation in the workforce” millennial generation for Teacher staffing.

Just reading the article got us excited about how dynamic and productive our SDUSD schools could be if we made the effort to recruit “Millennial Teachers of Color”.

Then we remembered that we have Superintendent Cindy Marten in charge…the Cindy Marten we described in our “San Diego Unified Supt. Cindy Marten “White Woman Mafia” Adds SIX New Caucasian Directors as Members!!!” post back in 2016.

As we see it, there are 3 huge reasons why hiring “Millennial Teachers of Color” during the Marten regime will NEVER occur:

  1.  Layoffs due to financial mismanagement – The first Teachers to get fired are those with the lowest seniority…the Millennials.  How many years is a Millennial going to be willing to have the threat of a layoff hanging over their heads year after year because of financial blunders by Marten?
  2. Toxic Work Environment – As the article says, Millennials are “socially connected”.  They hear the many stories how the district mistreats employees, students and parents and  they choose to work elsewhere.
  3. Cindy Marten “Shut Up or Else” Edict – The article mentions how Millennials “tend to have strong opinions” and how they are”agents of change.  Those traits are the ANTITHESIS of how Marten runs the District.  We have had Teachers tell us that they keep their “Head down, mouth shut” for fear of losing their jobs.  We have been told that when they post a negative comment on social media regarding SDUSD issues they get a call from a Marten minion telling them to stop.  In fact a Principal told us they mentioned that they were “tired”after a long day at school and were instructed by the Marten regime to stop posting that way.

Based on the continuing actions of the Marten regime, it looks like our Teacher population will continue to stay whiter and older.

So much for SDUSD diversity and equity.

Now for our Quote of the Week:

“Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one. – Thomas Perez

Have a great week!!!



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