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Dublin School Board Trustee Megan Rouse Responds to WikiLeaks Allegations

October 26, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–The 2016 election cycle will be memorable for many years. WikiLeaks’ publishing of hacked email accounts even reached the Tri-Valley when the East Bay Times published a story over this past weekend that included current Dublin Unified School District Trustee Megan Rouse.

Rouse has served the school district since 2013 when she was appointed to a vacancy on the board. She is currently serving as the Vice President and is seated through 2018. The published story was notable as it cited two primary factors. For one, it cited business relationships fostered by her father, John Podesta. Mr. Podesta is currently serving as the campaign chair for presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Secondly, a hacked email made mention of the potential solicitation of a campaign contribution on behalf of his daughter for election to the DUSD board.

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The validity of these email communications cannot be 100% verified. With the story now a part of the public domain, we offered Trustee Rouse an opportunity to respond to the East Bay Times story. These are her words: Read more…

Shelley Fischer on 30+ Years Serving the Dublin Unified School District and Retirement

October 24, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–We recently sat down with Shelley Fischer, who has been with the Dublin Unified School District for more than 30 years and has served in a number of capacities with the district. Shelley was initially an Instructional Aide in Special Education at Dublin High School before moving on to a string of office positions including Attendance Secretary, Counseling Secretary/Registrar, Principal’s Secretary, and Human Resources Specialist before landing at her final destination, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.

Shelley’s contributions to the district have resulted in countless recognitions and awards over the years, including the District Recognition Award both as Classified and Leadership, the Community Super Star Award from Rotary, and ACSA Administrator of the Year. Shelley even found time to be the CSEA President for Chapter 439.

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OneDublin.org: Talk about your very first day on the job at the Dublin Unified School District?

Shelly Fischer: “I started as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department at Dublin High School. On my very first day I started working one-on-one with a student and thought ‘here I go, I can do this.'”

OneDublin.org: And tell me about your first day as an Assistant to the Superintendent. Read more…

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.

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OneDublin.org: 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–OneDublin.org 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 OneDublin.org Founder James Morehead.

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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. OneDublin.org 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.

Below is full video from the event, divided into separate segments by question (but otherwise un-edited): Read more…

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.

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“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.

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OneDublin.org 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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