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Dublin High School Math Teachers on Flipped Classrooms: Benefits and Challenges

October 17, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–A flipped classroom comprehensively changes the class dynamic, eliminating traditional lectures in favor of short video lessons viewed by students at home, with class time spent reviewing concepts through assignments with constant teacher support. The flipped method was implemented  in Trig/Precalculus classrooms at Dublin High School in 2011, after Precalculus teachers Barbara Hall and Lenni Velez (now an assistant principal at DHS) saw this concept work in an Honors Chemistry class taught by former Dublin High School teacher Kim Baumann.

“The challenge in the first year was to keep ahead of the students,” Mrs. Hall recalls. “Running the video program was hard. The first group of students didn’t like it because that wasn’t how they had been taught. By the next year, they were starting to think this wasn’t a bad idea, when they saw that at least they could get their homework done in class.”

I recently had the chance to sit down with the current team of Trig/Precalc teachers, consisting of Mrs. Hall, Ms. Kathryn Maurer, and Ms. Allison Mongold to learn more about the benefits and challenges of a flipped classroom.


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MIT Astronautics Expert Emily Calandrelli Explores Space to Inspire STEM Literacy

October 10, 2016

Our popular Women in STEM Series of interviews continues with Emily Calandrelli, producer and the host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space, TEDx speaker and space industry contributor to TechCrunch. Emily is an MIT alum where she completed dual degrees – a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Masters in Technology in Policy. During her academic career, she was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and MIT’s Rene H. Miller Prize.

emily-calandrelli-1 What do you see when you look up into a clear night sky, into space?

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Dublin School Board Candidates Square Off to Debate Public Education Priorities (Video)

October 6, 2016

DUBLIN, CA– hosted the candidates for Dublin School Board last night before a full room in the Dublin Unified School District Board Room to debate public education priorities (video from the event is included below). With the November 8th election day rapidly approaching, a platform was provided for all seven candidates that are vying for four open seats. The event was moderated by Founder James Morehead.


There are two opportunities for candidates:

Seven questions (see below), based in part on suggestions provided by the community, were posed to all of the candidates with the order drawn at random. Additionally, the order for both opening and closing statements were drawn blindly just prior to the debate. hosted the forum to provide the community an opportunity to acquaint themselves with all seven candidates. We will provide a more detailed analysis that includes candidate statements in a subsequent post.

With four of five seats in play, and seven candidates, this election could result in a significant change to the composition of the DUSD Board of Trustees.

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Dublin’s Latest Elementary School Breaks Ground as Rapid Growth Continues

October 3, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–Flanked by bulldozers and backhoes, members of the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees and the Dublin City Council marked the groundbreaking of the E-5 K-8 School and Park site on Monday.

The 10-acre site, located in the Jordan Ranch Development, will be home to a K-8 school site as well as city park facilities. The as-yet-unnamed school is scheduled to open to students in the fall of 2018.


“This is a great day for the City of Dublin,” said Dublin Unified Board President Dan Cunningham. “This is an important example of the partnership we have between the City Council and the Board of Trustees. We are breaking ground today on a brand-new facility that will provide the community a beautiful new school and a great park.”

Dublin Unified Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer also hailed the partnership between the City and the District.

“We are very grateful for the City’s collaboration on this project, which came to fruition thanks to hard work and shared commitment to the community’s best interests,” Dr. Boozer said. “This school/park site is important to our growing district as we move forward and continue to offer the students of Dublin an outstanding education in state-of-the-art facilities. We are excited for construction to begin.”

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The Evolving Role of Libraries in Dublin’s 21 Century Schools

September 28, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–When one considers the role of a “Librarian”, the most common frame of reference is to reflect upon the time spent in elementary school. One might conclude that the job was centered upon the checking in/out of books, maintain the Dewey Decimal System and suggesting reading selections. All of those qualities remain necessary. However, in 2016, the role of has evolved into a much more complex and rigorous role. Examples of these changes can be found in our very own schools within the Dublin Unified School District.

dsc_1777 wanted to explore this evolution and we were able to do so by reaching out to a long tenured Dublin Unified School District employee as well as one that has recently joined this district after a decorated career. However, it may be useful to employ some perspective. In the primary level of education (K-5), students at all seven elementary schools rotate through their respective libraries on a weekly basis to check out new materials. The goal is to establish/confirm a love of reading while broadening young minds outside of the online world. Numerous studies have confirmed that continuous reading by young people accelerates learning, increases vocabulary and provides a healthy alternative to watching television.

It is equally important to consider the role of a librarian. In this district, these professionals are commonly referred to as Media Technicians. As the title would infer, the scope of work has moved well beyond the management of books.

We recently visited with Sandy Chang-Yee at Wells Middle School. After a lengthy and successful stint at Frederiksen Elementary School, she accepted the challenge of a different environment at Wells Middle School.

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Dublin High School’s Bethany Zummo Brings Home Gold from the 2016 Paralympic Games

September 26, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–We recently caught up with Dublin High School Class of 2011 and University of Central Oklahoma student Bethany Zummo who returned as a gold medal athlete from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Bethany was born with Fibular Hemimelia and Rroximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, two congenital disorders, resulting in her right foot being amputated at 2 years old. Bethany’s enthusiasm goes well beyond the thrill of being a gold medal winner; her love for live shined through during our conversation.

img_5544 When did you first get the itch for volleyball and did you start with sitting volleyball?

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Dublin High School Teacher Michael Ruegg on the Relevance of History and Navigating the Pressures of High School

September 25, 2016

ruegg2DUBLIN, CA–With more than a decade of teaching experience in the Dublin Unified School District at both the middle school and high school levels, this is Mr. Michael Ruegg’s first year teaching AP European History at Dublin High School. In addition to teaching AP Euro, Mr. Ruegg also teaches World History and Freshman Seminar.

He has a degree in Communication and Politics from Saint Mary’s College of California, where he graduated cum laude, as well as a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University. Mr. Ruegg started his career as a banker at Wells Fargo, but after working there for a year, did a “bit of soul-searching” and fully realized his passion for education. He cites his own mother, an educator, as well as his wife, Ms. Sara Hollison (who teaches Sophomore Advanced English at Dublin High) as people who influenced his decision to become a teacher.

Mr. Ruegg began his teaching career as a history teacher at a high school in Livermore, and moved on to teach Accelerated Core at Fallon Middle School, where he eventually became the English Department Chair.

This past week, I had the honor and privilege to sit down with Mr. Ruegg, who shared more about his love for education, his teaching philosophy, as well as his sincere advice for students on how to navigate through the pressures of high school.

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