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



How To Practice Ethical School Leadership

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As a principal, you must choose to be fair in all your dealings and practice ethical leadership. While pretty much everyone agrees that it’s important to live according to what’s right and to avoid acting in a way that’s wrong, not everyone always agrees on the what’s right or what’s wrong in any given situation. That’s why you should develop a code of ethics to guide you along the way. A code of ethics is personal and different for everyone. It determines an individual’s response to a particular situation and also accounts for the varied responses exhibited by different individuals in the same situation.


An individual code of ethics comes into play in everyday situations that principals experience, such as when an influential parent asks for special favors for his child, while dealing with an impudent student or an impertinent remark, while dealing with teachers or administrative colleagues, or at any point while performing the daily duties of the job. All actions and responses are a function of a personal code of ethics, which is the foundation for differences in principals’ style of dealing with teachers, students, and school-related situations. A clear code of ethics will help you negotiate difficult times during the life of your career. It allows you to decipher the right thing to do based on your current perspective and to take responsibility for and stand by your decisions.

District Deeds Synopsis:

Reading this article brought back lots of memories of SDUSD Principals that took an ethical stand to protect students and were persecuted by the unethical ESS Cindy Marten regime.

How do dedicated,ethical Principals survive in the toxic, unethical work environment created by the vindictive Marten?

A quote from a departed Principal says it all about how to survive under Marten:

I keep my head down and my mouth shut.

Apparently intimidation is the way that Marten has chosen as her “strategic process for the implementation of the goals” in the Vision 2020 promise to all Stakeholders.


Pre-K Report Calls for Improved Family Engagement

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Improving access to high-quality preschool programs throughout California can benefit not just students, but their families’ overall economic circumstances as well, according to a new report.

A blue ribbon commission report released Monday by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon provides recommendations to help policymakers expand access to care and education programs for families in poverty, while encouraging stronger partnerships between school districts, early learning providers and families.

In California, 18 percent of families with children and 20 percent of families with children under the age of 6 have incomes below the poverty line. Commission members said having access to stable child care where children are building an educational foundation enables parents to work or obtain additional training and education needed to move into higher-wage careers.


At Monday’s press conference, Rendon said the commission on early childhood education was formed to create a blueprint that lawmakers could use to improve a fragmented early learning and care system that can be difficult for parents with young children to navigate.

In addition to calling for more access to pre-K for needy families, the latest report from the state Assembly’s Commission on Early Childhood Education also called for policymakers to empower parent voices.

To do so, the report found that encouraging parent involvement should be prioritized at the state, local and program level with investments and policies to ensure parent voices are heard.

And from the Study:

This means a reorientation from acompliance based system to a system that welcomes children and families.

“I would love to see a culture of positivity happen within childcare or just be ‘hey,
congratulations that you’re even thinking about childcare. We know it’s going to be a
bumpy ride and we’re here to help you blast off.’ Do a little life coaching with us?”
-Parent Focus Groups

“And my other child, the boy, he was in child care from a very young age. So, in
kindergarten, in first grade, he already knew how to read. And I think that helped him, the things they taught him at the provider helped him. Because they follow a routine.”
-Parent Focus Groups

Equity and equality are not the same. Rather than striving for a nebulous equality for all families, we recognize that different groups are situated differently relative to the institutions and resources of society.

Link to Blue Ribbon Study: BRC Final Report

Link to the Commission web page (videos): Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education

District Deeds Synopsis:

After reading this article and the report it was clear how important early education is for children.  What it also pointed out is that it is not just enough to market the programs…that the best programs include a large dose of Parent engagement that includes Parent voice being heard and validated by the school districts and other responsible organizations.

The study is 108 pages and drills down into many areas including Engagement, Access, Workforce, Infrastructure and  Financing.

In the SDUSD it is not as thorough,

Under Elementary School Superintendent (ESS) Cindy Marten the Early Childhood Education effort starts and stops with marketing propaganda.  It is all a show.

Just last June ESS Marten closed four child development centers without any parent notification.  The incompetent Marten consistently ignores any outreach results that includes IMPLEMENTING ideas from Parent voices.

Fake photo ops: Yes

REAL Parent engagement: Never

Marten’s gotta go.

‘Yeet???’ High School Teacher Creates ‘Gen Z Dictionary’ of All the Terms Students Use

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Understanding what teens are talking about has been plaguing parents and teachers for ages.

One savvy high school teacher in Massachusetts found a solution that has people on Twitter saying they’re “willing to pay money for it.”

James Callahan of Lowell High School created a spreadsheet of all the colloquial terms his students have used since September along with his attempt to define them, and people on social media are having a field day. 

“I often overhear students in the hallways or my classrooms using words (or) slang terms in their personal conversations,” Callahan told USA TODAY. “In order to understand them better, (and) make a connection with them on a personal level, I started asking them what certain words meant.”


“The typical teacher-student dynamic involves a rigid power structure, but in my experience, I’ve found that students are more engaged and perform better if I am able to reach them where they are,” Callahan said.

Twitter user @MewtailV2, who wished to keep her real name anonymous because she’s in high school, said that she gained over 500 followers since tweeting the photo of the Generation Z dictionary document.

“I’m just the catalyst. He’s the cool one. He should be on Ellen,” @MawtailV2 said.  “Period, sis, take the L, this aint it, slay the game, were definitions given by my class.”

Here is a page from the Gen Z Dictionary:

Here is the full Gen Z Dictionary: Generation Z Dictionary

District Deeds Synopsis:

Having heard some of these sayings around San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) sites, and not having a clue what they meant, we thought this would be helpful for all non-Gen Z District Deeds readers.

The teacher in this story who decided to compile the dictionary showed one of the key characteristics of a great teacher…the ability to connect with Students on a personal level.

District Deeds believes its high key that every Teacher hardo to pull up all their Students for valid slaps. Yeet!

Now for our Quote of the Week:

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung

Have a great week!!!



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