February 2021


    Marin County Board of Education Pension Reform Resolution

    On January 12, 2021, Deputy Superintendent Terena Mares presented the Pension Reform Resolution to the Marin County Board of Education Board. The presentation outlined the issue with the growing pension obligation, the need for solutions, the history of the creation of the Resolution, and the Resolution's call to action. The passage of the Resolution was denied by the Marin County Board of Education and will be directed back to the Pension Reform Ad Hoc Committee for further evaluation. 

    State Budget Proposal and School Funding - Recorded Workshop

    On January 21, Mike Fine, CEO of Fiscal & Crisis Management Team (FCMAT) and Brooks Allen, Executive Director of the CA State Board of Education, presented their insights on the Governor's budget proposal and school funding.  A link to the recorded workshop is provided below.

    Click here to view the Marin County School Funding Forum – January 21, 2021

    California School Reopening Dashboard 

    All districts have successfully entered their data into the California School Reopening Dashboard.  As a reminder this upload will be required every other week with the next submission due on February 8, 2021.  As a reminder this requirement is in response to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) order from January 14, 2021 requiring all LEAs (as well as charter and private schools) to submit data on how student instruction is being provided.

    Black History Month 

    Black History Month begins February 1! And while we know anti-racist educators teach Black history year-round, we know you will be interested in how you consider the way you are framing the month this particular year. Learn more about the need for—and history behind—Black History Month and get support for teaching Black history in a way that moves beyond trauma and embraces liberation and resistance. 

    We have sent out some amazing resources that we have received from Felecia Gaston of Performing Stars to all educators and have them up on out website as well.  Please click here for more informaiton.  We are also scheduling a session for students with Richard Rothstein - Author of the Color of Law for March 18.  Information on this will be provided.

    Golden Bell 

    It is once again time for Golden Bell Recognitions! Below are the nomination forms and the links to the online nomination and selection. Please note, site administrators should receive this information from their district Superintendent or designee.

    A list of past award recipients can be accessed on the Golden Bell website. Please note that all Golden Bell forms must be submitted electronically by Monday, March 15, 2021.

    Talk Saves Lives - February 5, 2021

    Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe in an ever-evolving COVID-19 environment.  An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for Educators and Community Members is held on February 5, 2021 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Talk Saves Lives Registration.

    Dedication to Special Education Raffle - February 6, 2021  

    Dedication to Special Education (DSE) is selling raffle tickets to win a 2021 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid courtesy of Toyota Marin! Please consider supporting this wonderful organization who does so much for all our Special Education students countywide! The drawing will be held virtually at 3pm on February 6, 2021.


    Please see the video below from Executive Committee member, Alicia Ncho-Oguie for more information.

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    Available until Feb 11, 2021

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    Mental Health Resources - Redwood Credit Union

    Our partners at Redwood Credit Union joined with Jennifer Miller, author of Confident Parent and Confident Kids, and Julia Barragan, Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) to develop level specific, diverse, informative, and well-executed videos to utilize with students and parents. The focus is wellness and positive coping skills as families address with isolation, and remote learning during these unprecedented times.


    Please share far and wide with your staff and families. The videos are short, interactive, and have a specific message appropriate to each grade level-- K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. It portrays “students speaking to students” and encourages parents to watch with their children.  It is an excellent homework assignment as well.


    Thank you to Redwood Credit Union for producing the video. We are fortunate to be the recipients of these useful tools in addressing wellness and mental health.


    Dr. Madeline Levine - February 23, 2021 at 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

    A virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author.


    Dr. Levine will be discussing her book and New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, which explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Dr. Levine will include strategies and practices on how we can support our students during these unprecedented times.


    Registration Link: https://mlevine.eventbrite.com.


    High School Student Virtual Wellness Speaker Series

    Through a collaboration with a Marin County high school student leadership group and various local community based organizations, I am pleased to share the Marin County High School Student Virtual Wellness Speaker Series! This series, designed for high school students, offers engaging talks on a variety of subjects related to teen mental health & wellness.

    Watch this short video from the student leadership group that captures snippits of what to expect for each speaker’s session! 

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    More information, registration and flyer information follows here:  


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