Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hugh Jebson will be new head of school at All Saints' Day School

Hugh Jebson, now assistant head of school at the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida, will become the next head of school at All Saints' Day School in Carmel.

Jebson's career in education spans 25 years, including 15 years of operational experience as a senior administrator and school leader. Throughout his career, Jebson has retained direct contact with students as a teacher of history, advisor, and coach. An immigrant to the United States, he began his teaching career in England and has served a number of elite day and boarding schools. He is a teaching fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, has been published widely, and has presented to numerous regional and national independent school conferences on a range of topics, including student safety, academic leadership and faculty evaluation.

His contract begins July 1. School officials would not disclose his salary. 

CSUMB selected to 're-imagine' freshman year

Suddenly, re-imagining seems like the concept du jour.

Cal State Monterey Bay has been selected as one of 44 colleges nationwide for a pilot program coordinated by the Association of American State Colleges and Universities to revamp education for college freshmen.

The three-year program, Re-imagining the First Year of College, aims to transform the freshman year in order to improve students’ chances of success in school and in the workplace. It is funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USA Funds.

“We are honored to be involved in such a prestigious and worthwhile project,” said CSUMB Provost Bonnie Irwin in a statement. “The Re-imagining the First Year of College project will allow CSUMB to continue to work on student success on campus and it will align nicely with Monterey County's cradle-to-career partnership, Bright Futures.”

The first year of college is a critical barrier to student success, the point at which schools experience the greatest loss of students. The goal of the initiative is to help the 44 participating colleges implement changes that increase retention and improve graduation rates, particularly among  underserved populations – low income, first generation and students of color.

By the end of three years, the goal is for each campus to have a better strategy for student success with measurable results on things such as retention and credits earned, plus a broader support network.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monterey County teachers and administrators: this is for you

In its ongoing effort to set up a single accountability system that's coherent at the local, state and federal level, the State Board of Education is currently seeking applications to fill up to 15 positions on a newly constituted advisory committee.

The group will be called the California Practitioners Advisory Group and will provide input to the State Board of Education on ongoing efforts to establish said accountability system. The advisory committee will also serve as the state’s committee of practitioners under federal Title I requirements.

For more information about the application, please click here or , or contact the State Board by email at or by telephone at 916-319-0393. Complete applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016.