AUSD launches 2020-21 Community Conversations Series

School Board members Jane Anderson, vice president; Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh, president; Wing Ho, member; Robert Gin, member; and Joanne Russell-Chavez, clerk.

Alhambra Unified Superintendent Denise R. Jaramillo and the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education announced the launch of their Community Conversations Series to provide an intimate digital forum to connect with students, parents, staff, and community members during a school year like no other anyone has ever experienced.

Each conversation is scheduled for a Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be limited to 25 participants to keep the group small enough to listen to, learn from, and engage with.

The first series dates will be Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22. The Community Conversations will continue throughout the 2020-21 school year with more dates upcoming. RSVP is through a link on the homepages of every school site and the District AUSD website, www.ausd.us.

“With the continuing upheaval during a pandemic year, we want to create a welcoming place to listen — to have conversations about what matters most to our AUSD community,” Superintendent Jaramillo said. “We want to harness our connective strength to better navigate the changes we all face to stay safe while we develop the best possible education infrastructure for our students.”

Board of Education President Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh added, “We want our Community Conversations to become a way to problem-solve together and a place to share the unexpected silver linings that have emerged out of the COVID-19-induced hardships.”

Both the superintendent and the Board of Education agree that this historic time can be a catalyst for positive changes the district will carry into the future. As Superintendent Jaramillo pointed out, “One silver lining we are thrilled to see is the level of parent involvement, which has increased by 500%.”

Some possible topics of conversation for the series include delivering the parent support they want, building and modeling a culture of respect and inclusion, ensuring students have the support to flourish, supporting special education parents, and developing programs to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of the community. Participants are invited to suggest topics when they RSVP.


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Jan 2022


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