West High School: 9th Grade Orientation

Had a great time this morning at West High’s 9th grade orientation. We all met in the auditorium and then broke up into five groups and we rotated into various workshops. I was particularity impressed with the fact  that the staff and administration was aware of the dropout rate of their freshmen and were not afraid to to embrace that ‘truth’. Unlike the mindset and masking I see happening in the Echo Chamber (school board … Continue reading


SCHOOL-JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP: KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL AND OUT OF COURT The New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children was established in 1988 to improve the lives and life chances of children involved with New York courts. The Commission is chaired by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, and its members include judges, lawyers, advocates, physicians, legislators, and state and local officials. At its inception, the Commission predominantly targeted its efforts toward the youngest … Continue reading

Truancy In Salt Lake City is alive and well

Had a great conversation this afternoon with Salt Lake City Police at the Smith’s grocery store in Rose Park. I believe that the Salt Lake City School District should establish a collaborative relationship with the Salt Lake City Police Department in an effort to improve school attendance by decreasing truancy and reconnecting students with their neighborhood schools. If we start the discussion now, we can be ready for the start of school this fall. Currently, … Continue reading