Goal: Engage in dialogue and partnership with community organizations to augment resources and leverage our rich ecosystem of current Silicon Valley neighbors to advance digital learning beyond the boundaries of our schools. Evidence of success can be defined by the following elements, with examples listed in the accordion below.

Local community engagement and outreach

The school serves as a hub of the local community. As such, it actively involves the community in achieving its learning goals, reaching out to the community to (1) extend learning into community centers, libraries, businesses, higher education institutions, museums, and other public spaces; (2) bring relevance to curricula through partnerships that take the shape of apprenticeships, community service, and the use of community-based experts and resources; (3) implement community-based exhibitions, reviews, critiques, and celebrations of student work; and (4) coordinate after school programs, including collaboration with the school and students’ teachers. Community Engagement and Outreach.

Global and cultural awareness

The community partnerships extend and deepen students’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of cultures and communities other than their own. Digital networks enable students and education professionals to connect, interact, and collaborate with other students, experts, and organizations from outside of their locale. The school builds the capacity of students to recognize and value diversity, enabling them to participate successfully in community partnerships online and face-to-face.

Digital learning environments as connectors to local/global communities

The school district has established a digital learning environment that offers students access, e-communication, resource libraries, file exchanges, and Web tools, which facilitate interactions among peers and between teachers, parents, and students in school and beyond. District leaders build digital citizenship in students and structure online communities that to ensure online safety and security.

Parental communication and engagement

School leaders engage parents and students in home-to-school communications through a variety of venues. While this may include internet-based solutions, it also includes options that do not depend on connectivity in the home.

District Brand

Branding is defined as the marketing practice of creating a name, symbol, or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products. It’s critical that our schools develop a brand as well, and that the brand represents visionary thinking and 21st Century learning. The brand should be transparent to all members within the organization—they must all be telling the same story, one that they believe in and stand behind.

 

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Local Community Engagement and Outreach

Pathway programs at Paly incorporate collaboration within the programs and with outside partnerships. For example, here is a list of guest presenters for the Sports Career Pathway:

  • Al Guido: president of the 49'ers
  • Lisa Green: certified athletic trainer, physical therapist
  • Chris Gaines: owner of Performance Gaines
  • Kate Scott:  KNBR Sports Anchor

 

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Technology Learning Events for PAUSD Parents and Guardians

To further develop communication and engagement between the school district and PAUSD parents/guardians, PAUSD’s department of technology services will be offering a series of technology themed educational events during the 2017-18 school year. These events will cover topics such as: PAUSD’s blended learning courses at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools, technology services for parents in PAUSD including Schoology and Infinite Campus, and other topics related to parenting in the digital age. Some sessions are intended for all PAUSD parents/guardians while other sessions will have content focused for parents/guardians with children in a specific age group. Event topics, dates, times, and locations will be updated below. For questions or comments please contact Emily Garrison, Coordinator of Educational Technology & Libraries, egarrison@pausd.org

Introduction to Blended Learning for Parents and Students

  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center
  • This event is for all students enrolled in a 2017-18 blended learning course at Gunn or Paly and their parents/guardians. Attendees will learn about the definition of blended learning in PAUSD, what to expect in a blended learning course, and tips for student success in a blended course. This event will be repeated on 08/10/17 in the Gunn Library.

 

Introduction to Blended Learning for Parents and Students

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Gunn Library
  • This event is for all students enrolled in a 2017-18 blended learning course at Gunn or Paly and their parents/guardians. Attendees will learn about the definition of blended learning in PAUSD, what to expect in a blended learning course, and tips for student success in a blended course. This event will be repeated on 08/08/17 in the Paly Media Arts Center.

 

Technology in PAUSD: High School

  • Monday, August 21, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Gunn Library
  • Parents and guardians are invited to learn about PAUSD technology resources available to families including Infinite Campus, Schoology, student data & safety, and the future ready Chromebook initiative at each high school, among other topics. This event will be repeated on 08/29/17 in the Paly Media Arts Center.

 

Technology in PAUSD: High School

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center
  • Parents and guardians are invited to learn about PAUSD technology resources available to families including Infinite Campus, Schoology, student data & safety, and the future ready Chromebook initiative at each high school, among other topics. This event will be repeated on 08/21/17 in the Gunn library.

 

Technology in PAUSD: Middle School

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • JLS Middle School Multipurpose Room
  • Middle school parents and guardians are invited to learn about PAUSD technology resources available to families including Infinite Campus, Schoology, student data & safety, as well as other topics.

 

Technology in PAUSD: Elementary

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Duveneck Elementary Library
  • Elementary parents and guardians are invited to learn about PAUSD technology resources available to families including Infinite Campus, Schoology, student data & safety, as well as other topics. This event will be repeated on 09/06/17 and 09/11/17.

 

Technology in PAUSD: Elementary

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Location Barron Park Multipurpose Rooom
  • Elementary parents and guardians are invited to learn about PAUSD technology resources available to families including Infinite Campus, Schoology, student data & safety, as well as other topics. This event will be repeated on 09/05/17 and 09/11/17.

 

Technology in PAUSD: Elementary

  • Monday, September 11, 2017
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Fairmeadow Elementary Multipurpose Room
  • Elementary parents and guardians are invited to learn about PAUSD technology resources available to families including Infinite Campus, Schoology, student data & safety, as well as other topics. This event will be repeated on 09/05/17 and 09/06/17.