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North Bay School Trustee Fall Symposium
Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 8:00am-11:30am | SCOE

The “Portrait of Sonoma County” was the backdrop to a presentation by Glenn Singleton, author of Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools. Here are some video excerpts from the presentations.

Brian Vaughn

Portrait of Sonoma County (16:50) | Nov 2014
Brian Vaughn, a representative of the Sonoma County Health Services department, gave an overview of the “Portrait of Sonoma County,” a human development status report that was commissioned in 2014. —Presentation Slides (pdf)


Glenn Singleton

Courageous Conversations About Race (13:07) | Nov 2014
Glenn Singleton’s premise is that race, more than income, determines student achievement. He believes that educators must learn to talk about race in order to close the gaps that were evident in the county’s Portrait.


Local Control Funding: Implications for School Boards
Saturday, October 26, 2013 | Presentation Slides (pdf)

Jannelle Kubinec, the Director of National, State, and Special Projects at WestEd, is an expert on California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Accountability Plan (LCAP). This series of videos is from her presentation.

Jannelle Kubinec

Local Control Funding and Accountability | Oct 2013
Jannelle Kubinec discusses the background, goals, regulations, and implications of the new funding model and associated accountability plan.

Video Clip 1 (19:52)
Video Clip 2 (17:13)
Video Clip 3 (19:33)
Video Clip 4 (15:23)

North Bay School Trustee Fall Symposium
Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 8:00am-1:00pm
Program and Breakout Sessions (pdf)

An important component of 21st century schools is creating strong bonds with the community. The third annual North Bay School Trustees Fall Symposium explored the 21st century framework for learning, new ways of thinking about education, and the strong community support that is emerging.

State Sperintendent Tom Torlakson

Opening Remarks by Tom Torlakson (21:26) | Oct 2012
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was the keynote speaker for the Fall 2012 School Trustee Symposium.


Following his remarks, Superintendent Torlakson answered questions:
Will Prop 38 provide support to higher education? | Video
Would Prop 32 have an effect on education? | Video
Does either Prop 30 or 38 solve education funding issues? | Video
What is the “weighted formula” and do you favor it? | Video
Will the funds owed to districts be paid back if Prop 30 or 38 passes? | Video
What is “Plan B” if Prop 30 doesn’t pass? | Video
Has thought been given to the economic impact of the trigger cuts? | Video
What can be done about the funding inequities between districts? | Video
If both propositions pass, will the provisions of one override the other? | Video
How do we combat the lack of trust in public education? | Video

North Bay School Trustee Spring Symposium
Saturday, April 12, 2012 | 8:30am-1:00pm
Program with Session Descriptions (pdf)

Keynote Speaker
Dan Walters, syndicated columnist and author

Dan Walters

Facing Budget Realities (26:00) | Apr 2012
Dan Walters shares his perspective on the status of the state budget and its impact on school finance.


Supporting School Boards for the 21st Century
North Bay School Trustee Fall Symposium
Saturday, November 5, 2011 | 8:30am-1:00pm
Brochure, including session descriptions and speakers (pdf)

Panel Discussion: What’s Under the Capitol Dome?
Videos from this panel presentation are provided below. In addition to the two speakers featured in the clips, Assemblymember Jared Huffman offered his perspective as a state legislator.

John Mockler

John Mockler (12:34) | Nov 2011
School policy consultant John Mockler explains how the state fiscal crisis came about and offers insight on what schools should expect for 2012.


Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon (15:29) | Nov 2011
School Innovations & Advocacy president Kevin Gordon provides background on the education budget, then looks ahead to the possibility of trigger cuts.


Governing Our Way Past Chaos
Saturday Spring Symposium for School Board Members
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Presenter: Christopher Maricle
Director, Governance Research and Development
California School Boards Association
Presentation Slides (ppt)

Christopher Maricle

Clip 1, Introduction to the Symposium (4:59) | May 2011
Christopher Maricle presents an overview of the emerging challenges for school board member leadership.


Clip 2, Effects of Second-Level Change (12:07)
Education researcher Robert Marzano identified second-level change as deep change that moves systems in new directions. In this clip, Mr. Maricle examines the effect that involvement in such change has on district leadership. | Video

Clip 3, Policy and Administrative Leadership,
Goal Setting, and Decision Making
This video highlights board policy issues and decision making, explores the relationship between policy leadership and administrative leadership, and examines the role of “lay” governments. | Video

Clip 4, The District Planning Process (9:25)
How much detail is needed when the board plans outcomes for positively impacting student achievement? What are the priorities and what comes first? The clip examines the implications of these questions. | Video

Clip 5, Partnering With Other Entities (3:50)
Schools and districts can partner with other entities to help meet goals for student success. In this video, the range of possible partner entities is discussed. | Video