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MDUSD Board tonight to discuss Common Core implementation, UC Berkeley History-Social Science project

The Mt. Diablo school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord. Of particular interest is a planned presentation about the district’s implementation of Common Core standards. The board also plans to extend its contract for UC Berkeley’s History-Social Science project and discuss a new job description for an administrator of assessment, research and evaluation to replace the position of Manager, Research and Evaluation.

Here is the agenda:

1.0 Call to Order
1.1 Board President Will Call The Meeting To Order Info
2.0 Public Comment
2.1 Public Comment Info
3.0 Announcements

3.1 In Closed Session, the Board will consider the items listed on the Closed Session Agenda Info
4.0 Closed Session Agenda
4.1 Item #1) Readmission of Student #03-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Info/Action
4.2 (Item #2) Request for second extension of the District Administrative Panel Hearing for Student E-A15. Action
4.3 (Item #3) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
4.4 (Item #4) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Larsen v. MDUSD Info/Action
4.5 (Item #5) Public Employment (Gov. Code Sec. 54957.6) Info

5.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
5.1 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m. Action

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene to Open Session at 7:00 p.m. Info
7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info

8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 (Item #1) Readmission of Student #03-14 into the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Info/Action
8.2 (Item #2) Request for second extension of the District Administrative Panel Hearing for Student E-A15. Action
8.3 (Item #3) Anticipated Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Sec. 54956.9(b), Significant Exposure to Litigation: 2 cases Info/Action
8.4 (Item #4) Existing Litigation – Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Gov’t. Code Section 54956.9 (d)(1) regarding the matter of Larsen v. MDUSD Info/Action
8.5 (Item #5) Public Employment (Gov. Code Sec. 54957.6) Info

9.0 Public Employee Appointment
9.1 Appointment of Program Specialist, Special Education Action

10.0 Recognitions and Resolutions
10.1 Resolution #14/15-39 Women’s History Month Info/Action
10.2 Resolution #14/15-40 Arts Education Month Info/Action

11.0 Student Representatives
11.1 Student Representative Reports Info

12.0 Board Member Reports
12.1 Board Member Reports Info

13.0 Superintendent’s Report
13.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

14.0 Reports/Information
14.1 Common Core Presentation Info

15.0 Consent Agenda Action
15.1 (Item #1) Items listed under Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be approved/adopted by a single motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items; however, any item may be removed from the consent agenda upon the request of any member of the Board and acted upon separately. Action
15.2 (Item #2) Approve the contract between Silverspur Christian Camp and Wren Ave Elementary Action
15.3 (Item #3) Diablo View Middle School Symphonic Band and Jazz Band Field Trip to Anaheim, California Action
15.4 (Item #4) Concord High School’s Band Trip to Anaheim CA, March 25-29, 2015 Action
15.5 (Item #5) Mt. Diablo High School’s Sustainable Hospitality trip to Washington DC, April 5 – 10, 2015 Action
15.6 (Item #6) Northgate High School’s Choir trip to Anaheim CA, April 22 – 26, 2015 Action
15.7 (Item #7) Student Teaching Agreement between San Francisco State University and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
15.8 (Item #8) Contract with Rainbow Community Center to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) youth under MDUSD Workforce Investment Act Youth Employment Services Program (Mt. Diablo YES) Action
15.9 (Item #9) Fiscal Transactions for the month of January 2015 Action
15.10 (Item #10) Submission of the Kaiser Grant Action
15.11 (Item #11) 2015 Career Integrated Academics Committee Membership, in compliance with Carl Perkins Applied Technology funding. Action
15.12 (Item #12) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
15.13 (Item #13) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
15.14 (Item #14) Request to Increase and Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014-2015 School Year Action
15.15 (Item #15) Classified Personnel: Request to Increase/Decrease Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2014/15 School Year. Action
15.16 (Item #16) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on January 26, 2015 Action
15.17 (Item #17) Minutes for the Board of Education Meeting held on February 2, 2015 Action

16.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

17.0 Communications
17.1 District Organizations – At regular Board meetings, a single spokesperson of each recognized district organization may make a brief presentation following the Consent Agenda. Items are limited to those which are informational. Info

18.0 Public Comment
18.1 Public Comment Info

19.0 Business/Action Item

19.1 Amend Independent Contract with The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project Action

19.2 Create Job Description for Administrator-Assessment, Research and Evaluation. Info

19.3 Contract Extension of CALNET II State Contract to June 30, 2016 Action

19.4 Meeting Extension Action

19.5 Execution of Documents Action

20.0 Future Agenda Items
20.1 Future Agenda Items Info

21.0 Closed Session
21.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this Closed Session. Action

22.0 Reconvene Open Session
22.1 Reconvene Open Session and Report Out Info

23.0 Adjournment
23.1 Adjourn Meeting Action”

How have the Common Core standards changed your child’s instruction?

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Under: Mt. Diablo school district, UC Berkeley | 27 Comments »

Cal chancellor discusses minority enrollment

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

Higher education reporter Matt Krupnick attended his seventh briefing by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau today.

Here are Krupnick’s comments about the gathering, which focused on Cal’s entering class:

“A variety of media types gathered at UC Berkeley today – the first day of classes – to get Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s annual take on the university’s state of affairs. It was his seventh such briefing, if my math is correct, and mine as well.

While Birgeneau previously used this event to announce news, they have become more wide-ranging in recent years. He provides a look at the entering class and updates on other items of interest.

The 2010 version featured a lot of discussion about minority and low-income students. Berkeley, always known for its allegiance to the poor, enrolled a record number of low-income freshmen this year, Birgeneau said. More than one-third of the entering class of 5,000 freshmen – 37 percent – is eligible for the federal Pell Grant, a need-based scholarship.

But Birgeneau also mentioned his concern about the low number of minority students. Just 3.2 percent of the class of 2014 is black, while 12.2 percent are Latino, 31 percent are white and 45.6 percent are Asian-American.

Additional income from the growing number of out-of-state and international students, who pay higher fees, will help UC Berkeley recruit more California minorities, he said.

The chancellor also talked about his concern for undocumented-immigrant students, who are unable to get state or federal aid for college. Birgeneau was scheduled to meet with a group of those students this afternoon, and he said he is working ‘as a private citizen’ with an advocacy group on that issue.”

You can reach Krupnick at 925-943-8246 or mkrupnick@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mattkrupnick.

Do you think undocumented citizens should be eligible for state or federal college aid?

Posted on Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Under: Education, Matt Krupnick, UC Berkeley | 5 Comments »