October 2, 2018
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  • Superintendent's Speaker Series
  • African American Studies Department: 50 Strong
  • Student Services and Title IX Leaders
  • Hands-on Education Hub Opens at BHS
  • Typing Club Teachers Keyboarding
  • School & District Committee Orientation & Other Upcoming Events/Meetings
Onward and Upward : Superintendent's Speaker Series on
Equity and Excellence in Education
Superintendent Donald Evans invites you to attend Onward and Upward , his speaker series on equity and excellence in education for the Berkeley community.

As we mark this 50th anniversary year of the passage of our K-12 school integration plan and the founding of the African American Studies Department at Berkeley High School, key thought leaders and researchers from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education will offer opportunities for our community to find out what we now know about educational equity in policy and practice, and what more we can do to reaffirm our commitment to uplift every child in our public schools.

Dr. Frank Worrell: Talent Development for All Students: Rising to the Challenge
Thursday, November 1 , 7:00pm at Longfellow Middle School

Dr. Prudence L. Carter: Why Diversity is Not Integration
Tuesday, December 11 , 7:00pm, Location: TBA

Dr. Jabari Mahiri: Multicultural Education Beyond the Color-Bind
Thursday, January 31 , 7:00pm at Longfellow Middle School

Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America , will speak Tuesday, March 5 at 4:30pm , Location and more details to follow.

Please mark your calendars!
Berkeley High School African American Studies Department Celebrates 50 Years
The 50th Year African American Studies Department (AASD) Celebration Committee has launched a website with information about 50 Years Strong , a series of celebratory and community engagement events in honor of the Berkeley High School African American Studies Department.

The committee is working hard and looking for volunteers to organize and promote the events, starting with the celebratory kick-off on October 20, 2018.
Student Services and Title IX Leadership
James C. Wogan , LCSW, head of the Student Services Department , joined BUSD this summer and oversees a wide range of valuable supports and services for students and families, including family engagement, positive behavior and intervention supports, attendance, school discipline, supports for foster youth and homeless students, and the facilitation of complaints. Mr. Wogan serves as an important link and support provider for students, families, educators, and staff.

Chelsea Yogerst joined our team last week as the District Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer. Ms.Yogerst has significant experience handling confidential subject matters and emotionally charged allegations. Her most recent position was as Confidential Investigator for the NYC Department of Education Office of Special Investigations, where she worked with staff and children in difficult situations. She will coordinate our efforts to prevent harassment and discrimination , as well as lead our responses to incidents that do occur.

Both James Wogan and Chelsea Yogerst have an office on the first floor of the school district building at 2020 Bonar St. and are frequently seen out and about on school campuses.
James Wogan, Manager of Student Services
Chelsea Yogerst, Title IX Coordinator
Grand Opening of Hands-on Education Hub at Berkeley High
Thursday, Sept. 27, was the grand opening of the new Carpentry Shop & Maker Space for Design Innovation , a cause for celebration and recognition of the expanding Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at Berkeley High.

The CTE space, located on the first floor of the south side of the G Building, contains six main areas, including three workshops equipped with an impressive array of new high-tech machines and more traditional tools.

The State’s Career Technical Education (CTE) standards and framework, along with a host of new revenue incentives for college and career readiness, have prompted Berkeley Unified School District to invest in and develop new and improved curricular options that incorporate cutting-edge knowledge about career options, technology, and the skill-sets required for success in postsecondary education and training as well as in the pursuit of living-wage jobs and careers.
Guests tour Berkeley High’s new Carpentry Shop & Maker Space at the Grand Opening on Sept. 27. Photo Courtesy of Berkeley Public Schools Fund

In addition to development of school facilities for CTE programming, our engagement includes significant partnerships with employers, workforce consortiums, and industry practitioners. BUSD is focused on the development of programs that move student learning beyond the traditional constraints of the classroom.

This slide presentation from a recent school board meeting provides an informative overview of our CTE programs and plans.
Typing Club: a Hit with Educators and Students Alike
Learning to type – or to “keyboard,” as many people now say – is more important for students today than ever before.
Berkeley educators are making sure that our students acquire and practice this necessary skill, with lessons beginning in the 3rd grade.
Our primary tool is TypingClub , which includes both lessons and games.
Find out more about how we’re helping our students become proficient on computer keyboards in the recent post on our DigiTechTeach blog .
Upcoming Events & Meetings
School & District Committee Orientation: October 18
The annual orientation for members of school and district committees will take place on: 
Thursday, October 18th at Longfellow Middle School   from 6:00-8:00pm ( optional dinner at 5:30).

Topics for the evening will include:
  • Committee orientation and essentials,
  • Implications of new bylaws,
  • Addressing the achievement gap,
  • Parent engagement policies, and
  • Time for committees to meet.

This evening is designed for members of School Site Councils, BHS BSEP Site Committee, and all other members of district and school committees and PTAs, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about how these committees function.

Save the Date: November 15, 2018 : Superintendent's State of the District,
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Update, and Leadership Workshops
School Board Meetings
October 10, 7:30pm
October 24, 7:30pm

All regular Board Meetings are held in the Board Room, 1231 Addison St. and are streamed live and archived on the BUSD YouTube Channel . Check our homepage for the link to our live stream when board meetings are in progress.

School board meeting agendas/materials are posted at least 72 hours before meetings on the School Board Meeting Information page of our website.
In Case you Missed It
What's the Buzz about Berkeley High School's Universal 9th Grade Program?
This year's ninth grade students at Berkeley High School are in the first class of the new "Universal 9th Grade." Rather than beginning freshman year entering one of the high school's small learning communities, 9th grade students are now grouped into seven houses, which are being called HIVES. On average, there are 120 students in each hive who share four core teachers for math, English, social studies, and physics.

With the goal of promoting relationship building and instilling core values in the 9th grade community of students and faculty, each of the seven hives has been named after one of the seven core values that the U9 is rooted in. In the first weeks of school, students have been engaging in lessons related to the core values; all of the values are being integrated into the daily classroom practices of each hive.

Berkeley High School Universal 9th Grade Core Values 2018-2019

Hive 1: Growth
Commit to personal and academic growth through authentic learning.

Hive 2: Integrity
Tell the truth and keep your word; Demonstrate the courage to be your most ethical and most authentic self.

Hive 3: Voice
Present convictions with consideration of your impact; Listen with an open mind and resolve conflict peacefully.
Hive 4: Justice
Commit to becoming the agents of social change who disrupt and dismantle systems and structures that prevent all of us from reaching our full potential.

Hive 5: Empathy
Value others, celebrate diversity, understand differing beliefs and behaviors; Reject actions that hurt or offend others, and practice forgiveness.

Hive 6: Respect
Treat each other with dignity. Exercise self discipline. Honor personal and physical boundaries.

Hive 7: Leadership
Take responsibility for ourselves and ownership for the success of all members of our community; Lead the way in embodying all of our core values.
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