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The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.  — Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Company

There is no question that school business is complex.  From the days of the one room schoolhouse, the utilization of public moneys for the educating our children brings layers of complexity and accountability that are particularly endemic to school business.  The... read more

Building an Inclusive Culture

What comes to mind when you think about culture? This expression is used often, but conceptualized in different ways. To a jazz musician, a mention of culture may conjure images of a jazz combo on a New Orleans street corner. To a biologist, thoughts of cultivating... read more

Create a Culture of Caring

Students experiencing homelessness often face overwhelming challenges. By definition, homeless students lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Whether students are staying temporarily with family or friends – or staying in a shelter, motel, or... read more

Equity, Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

During the summer of 1981 as I was selecting a college to attend, the National Commission on Excellence in Education was moving forward with what could be considered an equity charter under the authority of (20 U.S.C. 1233a) to, “review and synthesize the data and... read more

Grad Rates in SLO County Continue to Shine

Graduation Rates for the 16-17 4 Year Cohort group were recently released.  The methodology for computing graduation rates has changed from previous years due to a federal audit.  As part of this process, three significant changes were implemented for calculating 2017... read more

Updates from CDE

The start of the school year is always full of anticipation and preparation as we ready ourselves to make a difference for our SLO county students. For some of you, classrooms are in full swing as this is published. We are excited to deliver the ESS Missive each week... read more


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