Friday, June 24, 2016

Monterey area students take part in Californial leadership conference

Montana Sprague, a homeschooled junior, and Michelle Vu, a sophomore at York School, attended the Edge Youth Leadership Conference at UC Berkeley earlier this month.

About 160 high school sophomores from all over California attended the three-day conference, designed to cultivate students’ communication skills, foster their capacity for teamwork, and help them build resilience in the face of obstacles.

Prague is a member of the board of directors for Star Riders, Aria Monterey Women’s Choir, and the Sea Sweepers underwater robotics team. She also works part-time at the Riding Academy and as a math tutor at Monterey Peninsula College.

Vu was chosen to represent York School by teachers and administrators as EDGE allows only one student per high school to attend its conference.

Over the past 14 years, EDGE has trained and encouraged thousands of young leaders in the region.
Each year, EDGE students participate in a variety of leadership exercises, including hands-on activities and opportunities to engage with well-renowned speakers.

Michelle Vu

Montana Sprague

Monday, June 20, 2016

Former Alisal administrator heads national education conference

If you've ever wondered what Carmella Franco is up to these days, wonder no further. She's helping put together a conference on women en education.

Franco, 65, is a search associate with Hazard, Young & Attea, where she assists with superintendent searches. She served as state-appointed administrator of the Alisal Union School District from May 2010 to May 2012 after the then board hastily removed its previous superintendent and appointed a new one without doing a search.

Franco teamed up with Darline Robles, and Maria Ott two write a book, A Culturally Proficient Society Begins in School: Leadership for Equity. This conference is the outgrowth of the book, which itself came out of years of having served as advisors and mentors to women working in a wide variety of school settings.

The conference will take place on July 31 and August 1 in Boston, and it's designed for K-12 education professionals to share strategies, learn from experts, and connect with colleagues. For more information, click here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monterey officials ready to rule on Greenfield Unification

The Monterey County Committee for School District Organization is preparing to issue a decision regarding the Greenfield petition for unification, which would enable the Greenfield Union School District to take over jurisdiction of the local high school.

Greenfield High is now administered by the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District. If the unification is approved, it would create the Greenfield Unified School District.

The county committee will meet on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Monterey County Office of Education to discuss the process.

Its members will issue a decision on the unification petition on Monday, June 27, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Monterey County Office of Education.