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Community Notebook: School district to host experts on sexual-violence prevention

Anea Bogue, Jackson Katz to work with students, staff

As part of ongoing efforts to address concerns about student sexual violence, the Palo Alto school district is bringing two speakers to discuss with students, staff and community members issues from consent to gender inequality.

A new superintendent's task force focused on sexual violence, called Responsive and Impactful Safe Environment (RISE), is sponsoring the speakers.

Anea Bogue, a sexual-health educator and coach who runs empowerment programs for girls and boys, will be in Palo Alto this and next week to work with high school staff and students. She will also give two public talks on Friday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 25.

Bogue "brings her expertise for creating a culture of consent by empowering teens to know their boundaries, express them and respect those of others," an event description reads. "She will also provide practical tips for how to effectively communicate with teens about affirmative consent and healthy relationships."

Bogue's "REALgirl" and "REALboy" programs are meant to help young girls and boys develop life and leadership skills and form healthy relationships. Bogue is also the author of "9 Ways We're Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop: A Guide to Helping Girls Reach Their Highest Potential."

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Bogue led workshops on sexual violence at Los Altos High School last year.

Bogue will speak on Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, and on Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m., also at Cubberley. Child care will be provided and both Mandarin and Spanish interpretation will be available.

The superintendent's task force is also planning to bring Jackson Katz, the co-founder of national prevention and education program Mentors in Violence Prevention, to work with high school students and give community talks in April. He will be working with juniors and seniors on April 11 and 12 and returning to work with freshmen and sophomores on April 30 and May 1, according to interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks. His work covers not only sexual violence but also topics including bullying and school shootings.

Katz will also speak at a parent event on April 11 at 7 p.m.

"We are committed to ensuring every student leaves PAUSD schools with a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual misconduct, consent and boundaries, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and harm reduction strategies when it comes to the use of drugs and alcohol," Hendricks wrote in a weekly message describing RISE's efforts.

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The task force is aiming to make recommendations to Hendricks on further prevention education for the high schools by March, then for the middle and elementary schools. The task force has split into four sub-groups: one focused on compliance with a federal resolution agreement that outlines steps the district must take to address violations of anti-discrimination law Title IX; another on communication and outreach; a third on partnerships; and a fourth on curriculum and instruction.

For more information on RISE, go to pausd.org.

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Community Notebook: School district to host experts on sexual-violence prevention

Anea Bogue, Jackson Katz to work with students, staff

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 2:40 pm

As part of ongoing efforts to address concerns about student sexual violence, the Palo Alto school district is bringing two speakers to discuss with students, staff and community members issues from consent to gender inequality.

A new superintendent's task force focused on sexual violence, called Responsive and Impactful Safe Environment (RISE), is sponsoring the speakers.

Anea Bogue, a sexual-health educator and coach who runs empowerment programs for girls and boys, will be in Palo Alto this and next week to work with high school staff and students. She will also give two public talks on Friday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 25.

Bogue "brings her expertise for creating a culture of consent by empowering teens to know their boundaries, express them and respect those of others," an event description reads. "She will also provide practical tips for how to effectively communicate with teens about affirmative consent and healthy relationships."

Bogue's "REALgirl" and "REALboy" programs are meant to help young girls and boys develop life and leadership skills and form healthy relationships. Bogue is also the author of "9 Ways We're Screwing Up Our Girls and How We Can Stop: A Guide to Helping Girls Reach Their Highest Potential."

Bogue led workshops on sexual violence at Los Altos High School last year.

Bogue will speak on Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, and on Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m., also at Cubberley. Child care will be provided and both Mandarin and Spanish interpretation will be available.

The superintendent's task force is also planning to bring Jackson Katz, the co-founder of national prevention and education program Mentors in Violence Prevention, to work with high school students and give community talks in April. He will be working with juniors and seniors on April 11 and 12 and returning to work with freshmen and sophomores on April 30 and May 1, according to interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks. His work covers not only sexual violence but also topics including bullying and school shootings.

Katz will also speak at a parent event on April 11 at 7 p.m.

"We are committed to ensuring every student leaves PAUSD schools with a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual misconduct, consent and boundaries, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and harm reduction strategies when it comes to the use of drugs and alcohol," Hendricks wrote in a weekly message describing RISE's efforts.

The task force is aiming to make recommendations to Hendricks on further prevention education for the high schools by March, then for the middle and elementary schools. The task force has split into four sub-groups: one focused on compliance with a federal resolution agreement that outlines steps the district must take to address violations of anti-discrimination law Title IX; another on communication and outreach; a third on partnerships; and a fourth on curriculum and instruction.

For more information on RISE, go to pausd.org.

Comments

Anonymous
Barron Park
on Feb 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm
Anonymous, Barron Park
on Feb 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm
9 people like this

This is a parent's job.But go ahead, let them plug their books while they're at it.


Samuel L.
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Feb 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm
17 people like this

More PR work from PAUSD. Still no accountability.

How can RISE be taken seriously when Diorio and Laurence are part of the group? Again, it's all about outside appearances.

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Community
Greater Miranda
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Community, Greater Miranda
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
6 people like this

The teacher's union luuuvv Laurence. She boat she will not rock.


Joan Ferguson
Evergreen Park
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:34 pm
Joan Ferguson, Evergreen Park
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:34 pm
5 people like this

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Josh Hadar
College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:58 pm
Josh Hadar, College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2018 at 7:58 pm
7 people like this

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Josh Hadar
College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm
Josh Hadar, College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm
3 people like this

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GraceBrown
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm
GraceBrown, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm
2 people like this

@Community

Ms. Laurence is a teacher's teacher, and if you interpret that to mean that she won't speak up on behalf of our kids, our teachers, or our families, then you don't know Ms. Laurence. Maybe that's your point - you don't really buy into the whole teacher-as-helper-motivator-facilitator-coach mindset. Hmmmm. Why?

I notice that conflating union politics with good teaching is something that some people commenting on these articles seem to do regularly.


Samuel L.
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm
Samuel L., Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm
11 people like this

Not speaking for anyone else, but I find an issue with the fact that Laurence knew one of the Paly assault victims was being bullied and did nothing other than give the bullies a "stern warning" yet the girl ended up leaving school.

How does that give her standing to serve on a task force aimed at changing the conversation regarding sexual assault???


Resident
College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm
Resident, College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm
1 person likes this

@Samuel,well, she knows what NOT to do ;-)


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
1 person likes this

@ Community

"The teacher's union luuuvv Laurence. She boat she will not rock."

Of course, she will stand behind teacher's union. Otherwise, she will be out of game long time ago. Look at Dr. Herrmann's example.


Community
Greater Miranda
on Feb 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm
Community, Greater Miranda
on Feb 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm
4 people like this

@Grace Brown
CYA culture in the interests of themselves only and not to the benefit of the whole is alove and well at the Laurence abode. It's a thing.


chuldren
Barron Park
on Feb 22, 2018 at 8:25 am
chuldren, Barron Park
on Feb 22, 2018 at 8:25 am
4 people like this

I am not sure if "rise" is the best term. This reminds of the other program they have to help kids organize themselves and get work turned in, called FOS. Probably these people have learned the correct way to respond now and it should be made clear what their model and thinking is now after a very difficult few years. You have to hand it to them for having the nerve to do this. I would hope they could publish student rights, parent and teacher rights so everyone knows up front what to do and how to document conversations.


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