Articles from 2019

Bringing the entire community together for student success

Posted by amandam@sia-us.com on February 15, 2019

When Dr. Blanca Cavazos, superintendent of Taft Union High School District is asked about her leadership style, she cannot answer in the singular. To her, the concept can only be thought of as a communal activity. “It is truly a team effort here,” she says. “We have leaders everywhere. It is not about one person.”

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Cultivating parent engagement and school climate through collaboration

Posted by Rebecca Labau on February 14, 2019

After a nearly 40-year career in education working in positions ranging from an instructional aide to a district superintendent, Dr. Eric Andrew continues to take one of the most important lessons he’d learned to heart. No leader should rely solely on themselves.

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Improving student outcomes requires leadership and data

Posted by Rebecca Labau on February 06, 2019

Each year, hundreds–sometimes thousands–of books are published touting how one can become a better, more effective leader. But Dr. Gerald Hudson, Superintendent of Jasper Independent School District, poses just one question: What if it really isn’t that hard?

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Chronic absenteeism in California schools up slightly, new data show

Posted by Rebecca Labau on January 31, 2019

It is the most obvious and important contributor to student success and yet something many California school districts are not doing well: getting students to show up for school.

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Nation’s Pediatricians Prescribe Plan to Boost School Attendance

Posted by Rebecca Labau on January 28, 2019

New report from the American Academy of Pediatrics calls on health care providers to help curb chronic school absences in effort to improve students’ long-term health.

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