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Mt. Diablo special education Community Advisory Committee to discuss bullying, harassment

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 3:36 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s special education Community Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss bullying, harassment, and other issues.

Here is the agenda:

“COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGENDA
DATE: April 3, 2012
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room

1. Call to Order 7:00

2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)

Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting. Please let us know if this is your first time attending a CAC meeting.

3. Adoption of Minutes – March 6, 2012 (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Presentations – Intervention Strategies to Support Students (Bullying, Harassment) – James Wogan, Felicia Stuckey-Smith (7:10 – 7:35)

5. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:35 – 7:45)

5.1 Nominating Committee for 2012-13 Officers

6. You Make A Difference Awards – Lorrie Davis (7:45 – 7:50)

7. Old Business (7:50 – 8:15)

7.1 Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Mildred D. Browne

7.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler/Gary Eberhart

7.3 Board of Education Comments – Tricia Tamura-Li/Autumn Green

7.4 Parent Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.5 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.6 Equity Advisory Team Report – Dorothy Weisenberger

7.7 EL Master Plan Task Force – Morena Grimaldi

NETWORKING BREAK

8. New Business (8:25 – 8:45)

8.1 QIAT Committee – Christian Patz

8.2 Nurses’ Report – Nancy Dobra

8.3 Extended School Year – Carolyn Patton

8.4 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

8.5 Sub-Committee Updates
Parent & Community Education Committee – Julie Nibblett
Membership & Publicity Committee – Vi Ibarra
Legislative Committee – Denise Lambert
Blog Committee – Autumn Green

9. Public Comment (8:45 – 8:55)

Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers.

Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff might not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

10. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (8:55 – 9:00)

DON’T FORGET – - BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING!”

As you may know, a new documentary called “Bully” will open in San Francisco on April 13. Here is a story we recently published, which looks at what to do if your child is the bully, not the victim: http://www.contracostatimes.com/bay-area-news/ci_20274542/bullying-what-do-when-your-child-is-perpetrator. It also includes links to additional resources at the end.

In addition, Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover hosted a Youth Summit on Saturday focused on bullying: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2012/03/30/6th-through-12th-graders-invited-to-free-youth-summit-about-bullying-on-march-31-in-pittsburg/. In a press release he wrote himself, Glover referred to Lady Gaga’s experience as the victim of bullying.

Last year, Northgate High’s crisis counselors sent a message to parents to help them deal with the issue of bullying: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2011/10/29/is-bullying-a-problem-in-the-mt-diablo-school-district/.

In January, the Pleasant Hill Education Commission also discussed the possibility of helping to sponsor a cyber-bullying forum at Sequoia Middle School by an organization called “Adina’s Deck” http://adinasdeck.com/home.

According to a recent survey, 63 percent of young people with autism in the in the U.S. have been bullied: http://www.dosomething.org/news/help-celebrate-world-autism-awareness-day.

Today is Global Autism Awareness Day and the local CAC has advice for nine things to do for your child everyday to build self-esteem and take care of yourself as well: http://bit.ly/Hbdy5T.

I have also heard that Monte Gardens Elementary is offering a “Kid Power Anti-Bullying” workshop. Here are eight tips from that organization: http://www.kidpower.org/resources/articles/prevent-bullying.html.

Finally, here is a list of resources from the CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/bullyingprev.asp

Do you think the Mt. Diablo district is doing enough to combat bullying?

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  • Doctor J

    And not one word on the Agenda about the embarrassing Ed Trust West Report Card showing MDUSD dropping to third from the bottom ! I guess if you just ignore negativity, some think it will get better. Mildred tried that once again last year, and look what happened — dropped even lower on the scale ! Maybe she will take her entourage on another Sacramento excursion at the Marriott and once again report how well prepared they were to make great strides !

  • Doctor J

    Is it legal for the Supt to use district resources and encourage district management to lobby in favor of a legislative bill that only benefits part of the taxpayers, parents and students in MDUSD ?

  • Anon

    Wonder if when they reported on the You Make a Difference awards they told Lawrence what a bafoon he was for not knowing what event he was at.

    You ask if Mt. Diablo is doing enough. Kind of a loaded question. On one side they are and did all those speaker series that is good but on the other hand some schools still do nothing about it. Also the adults that are teaching the kids are in a HUGE place of power and can be bullys too. Not sure what they do about that. I have seen very mean and hurtful things said to kids but on the other side I have seen very kind and loving teachers.

    What I really want to know is when is Lawerence and crew (yes that means Mildred too) going to leave this District? They are in way to deep and have made this even worse than it was.