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Superintendent's Update - May 13, 2022

BOARD OF EDUCATION CALENDAR

The agenda calendar for our final three meetings of the year can be found HERE.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR NEW TEACHERS AND IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING

PAUSD provides a New Teacher Induction Program, a two-year comprehensive professional support system, designed to enhance teacher competence. Upon completion, participating teachers receive a California Professional Clear Credential. Under the leadership of Dr. Kelly Bikle, the PAUSD induction program is available, at no cost, to teachers with preliminary credentials in the Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Los Gatos-Saratoga School Districts.

In March, the program completed renewal of the full accreditation process from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The extensive three-year process included the submission of written documents along with a site visit focusing on interviews with 111 current and past participating teachers and site and district administrators. At the Accreditation Committee meeting on March 17, the team lead shared that "consistently, across all three levels (elementary, middle, and high school), interviews with all stakeholders showed that the PAUSD Induction Consortium is making a difference in the strength of their new teachers, it ultimately is improving student learning, as well as retention of teachers in this profession." As a result of the accreditation process, consortium staff has been invited to present at two state conferences to share best practices in Induction programs.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CAREER FAIR

PAUSD is hosting a virtual Health & Wellness job recruitment fair on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.

There are multiple job opportunities currently available including:

  • District Nurse
  • Health Technician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Instructional Assistant - Behavioral Support
  • Mental Health & Wellness Associate
  • School Based Mental Health Therapist
  • Manager of School Based Mental Health Therapists

For additional information and to register for this event, please visit:

https://www.pausd.org/careers/employment-opportunities

WALK AND ROLL UPDATES

PAUSD supports active and shared transportation to promote student health, well-being, and safer passage to and from school. Thanks to the hundreds of parent volunteers, PAUSD teachers, and the City of Palo Alto for accommodating critical pedestrian/bike safety life-skills education. As of mid-May, all students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6th grade will have received in-class bike and/or pedestrian safety education, including the much beloved, rite-of-passage Third Grade Bike Rodeos. All secondary students will have had access to free on-campus bike repair, and lunchtime/after school/weekend "Getting to High School" events to prepare 8th graders for their anticipated high school walk/bike/transit commutes.

This summer, on-bike safety practice is available through the Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Camp. An adaptive cycling event for exceptional needs secondary students is also planned. More walk/bike safety info, including Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps are available at on the City's Safe Routes to School page. Here's to a 'saludable (healthy)' spring/summer commute around town!