On August 20, Edwin Javius, founder, president, and CEO of EdEquity Inc., an educational consultant firm specializing in assisting educators in closing the achievement gap in their students, gave an entertaining and inspiring keynote address to a standing-room only crowd of teachers and staff at Bishop Elementary School’s auditorium. Dr. Javius spoke about knocking down barriers to learning and reminded his audience about the importance of taking the time to get to know every student in their classroom, working with each student with understanding and care, and bringing their enthusiasm about educating children into their classrooms every single day.
Dr. Javius has written several articles on the topics of closing the achievement gap and culturally conscious leadership. He has authored Courageous Equity Leadership Toolkit™ which supports educators nationally and internationally. Dr. Javius has garnered several awards such as California’s first statewide School Administrator Valuing Diversity Award in 2001 and NAACP’s Silicon Valley’s Educator of the Year Award in 2010.
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It is a district tradition to recognize its employees who reached milestone years of service at the annual Opening Day Assembly. Thirty-four employees were recognized for ten years of service, 20 were recognized for 15 years of service, three employees were recognized for 20 years of service, seven were credited for 25 years of service (including the district superintendent, Benjamin Picard), and one employee was honored for 35 years in the district.
Employees of the Year received recognition as well. Catherine Kaufman-Gomez and Magda Ramos were Certified Employees of the Year, Meredith Rietdorf (kindergarten teacher at Cumberland) was Teacher of the Year, and Brenda Guy (principal at San Miguel) was Management Team Member of the Year. After new employees were introduced and welcomed into the district, Dr. Picard delivered his closing remarks and teachers and staff headed back to their schools to prepare for the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Article by Nina Wong-Dobkin