New superintendent dreams big for Ravenswood
Original post made on Jan 17, 2014
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on Jan 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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I've volunteered and worked in Ravenswood since 1996, and the improvements in the district over the last 5+ years are phenomenal. But there is still a long ways to go, and I'm excited for the things Dr. Hernandez is working on. It also helps a lot that the budget will be growing rather than shrinking. It has always been interesting to me that the test scores in PAUSD for low income students are almost the same as those for Ravenswood. Palo Alto has a waiting list for English speakers into the Spanish dual-immersion program, and Ravenswood has a need for more English speakers in its program. Here's a good opportunity for cross-registration in both directions. RCSD has a new Tech Coordinator last year and a new Science coordinator this year who are doing amazing work with teachers to better prepare RCSD students for high school in these areas. These positions, and money for training and supplies to go with them, are funded by Ravenswood Education Foundation. It's so wonderful that people outside Ravenswood District realize the importance of a good education for ALL children, not just their own.
on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:39 am
I wish Ms. Hernandez much luck! She has some great ideas. In her comments about the existing programs, she said she was surprised that science was mostly run by outsiders - that is also true in PAUSD. Up until 7th grade, there are no dedicated science teachers (except maybe at Escondido). The classroom teachers do some and most of the schools seem to pay the Junior Museum to run programs at their schools using PiE money. Having one or two middle schools is also a great idea, the ability to hire single subject teachers and start a band program is terrific. She is also right about the Tinsley program, not only does it pull students (and $$) out of Ravenswood, it also pulls committed parents out of community building, neighborhood schools. Good luck to her!
on Jan 20, 2014 at 10:39 am
Some research suggest that K-8 have advantages over middle school configurations, the following link is an informative look at this issue:
From the link:
"But a study published in Ed Next found that student achievement declines when students enter middle school, and that students who attend K-8 schools perform better."