AMPLIFY YOUTH VOICE! Michael meets with students at Will C. Wood Middle School

JULY 16, 2016

A top priority of this campaign is to amplify youth voice. This week, Michael met with four groups of students in the summer program at Will C. Wood Middle School. They talked about how decisions are typically made at the district, and how those decisions affect their experiences at school.

During these discussions, students shared what they loved most about their schools, what they would like to see more of, and the struggles they have had on campus and in their neighborhood. After the meetings, students have continued to contact Michael with their thoughts and ideas on how to improve their schools. These students have great insight and their ideas will be discussed throughout this campaign and beyond.


Kit Carson becomes an authorized International Baccalaureate World School

Five years ago Kit Carson Middle School was at risk for shutting down due to low enrollment. As part of a team of parents, students and staff, Michael advocated bringing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to this school to meet the needs of students and families. Just this month it became an authorized IB World School and Michael led the effort to create its first Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA). Kit Carson has transformed into a thriving new opportunity for students in our community.

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Kit Carson wins International Baccalaureate authorization

The International Baccalaureate organization this week officially authorized Kit Carson as an IB World School. Kit Carson is now the first SCUSD school authorized to offer IB’s highly respected Middle Years Programme.

Michael works with SCUSD students to create real-world learning experiences

Real world experiences such as internships allow students to have opportunities to explore possible career paths. Here’s a great example of a program Michael has been developing and implementing for the students at Accelerated Academy in SCUSD.


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