Students from the Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program and selected members of the Beverly Hills Youth Leadership Team attended the CAAASA Youth Summit on Tuesday March 13, 2018. They were among 450 youth from around the state who listened to motivational speakers.

Speakers included Robert Jackson and the Bay Area’s own Dr. Joseph Marshall Director of the San Francisco Chapter of the Omega Boys and Girls Club and host of the award winning radio show on KMEL radio “Street Soldiers”.

“It was amazing to see the cascading mentorship happening with this group of young people. Thank You VCUSD for making this happened,” said Tiffanee D. Jones.

Then, between March 14-16, a Professional Development Summit was held where many industry professionals spoke along with state officials and a former NFL player which included:

  • Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • Roland Williams – NFL
  • Full list of speakers – click here.

According to an invitation that went out by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson back in October of 2017, the summit focused on evidence-based policies and practices that accelerate educational growth for African American and other underrepresented students.

One of the Summits principal objectives was to example California’s new way of accessing and supporting local school and district progress: the California School Dashboard. The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas of need of improvement.

The Summit will also include trauma-informed teaching practices, mental and physical health resources, crisis counseling services and more. The Summit also addressed specific needs and provide strategies designed to support superintendents, school board members, site administrators, district personnel, higher education representatives, community leaders, teachers, parents and students.

Photo provided by Tiffanee D. Jones.

For more on CAAASA, click here.


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