We Can Do Better – Palo Alto <ul><li>“ We Can Do Better – Palo Alto” is a recently formed group of Palo Alto parents and c...
Tonight’s Agenda <ul><li>Kathy Sharp (Gunn, JLS, Palo Verde)/ Patrick Grogan (Walter Hayes, Jordan)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
We Can Do Better – Palo Alto <ul><li>“ We Can Do Better – Palo Alto” is a  recently formed group of Palo Alto parents and ...
Project Safety Net P-8 Supportive School Environment
Project Safety Net <ul><li>In response to the five teen suicides the community has experienced between May 2009 and Januar...
Project Safety Net -  Section   Prevention 8   Supportive School Environment <ul><li>P-8 efforts support the belief that  ...
Recommended Next Steps <ul><li>Study, discuss and implement additional environmental strategies that create a more support...
Minimal Real Action To Date on P-8 <ul><li>GUNN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gunn High School re-engaged with Challenge Success i...
PAUSD Memorandum of Understanding with PSN –Jan 11, 2011 <ul><li>Align PAUSD focus goals to Project Safety Net  </li></ul>...
The Counseling Gap We Can Do Better Palo Alto May 17, 2011
% of parents dissatisfied with... Source: PAUSD 2008 and 2010 strategic plan surveys Paly Gunn Counseling services (2008) ...
% of students dissatisfied with... Source: PAUSD 2008 and 2010 strategic plan surveys Paly Gunn Support from college/guida...
2008-2009 Comparison of WASC data from Gunn and Paly Source: 2008-2009 WASC self-study reports, Palo Alto High School and ...
2008-2009 WASC survey at Gunn Source: 2008-2009 WASC self-study report, Gunn High School Students who would support additi...
Counseling at Paly and Gunn <ul><li>Paly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>45 Teacher Advisors (TAs) are front-line counselors </li></...
Scholarly Research Supports Advisory <ul><li>Wasley and Lear (2001) argue that a faculty advisory system </li></ul><ul><li...
Homework (Stress, Workload & Solutions) We Can Do Better Palo Alto May 17, 2011
Stress – Middle School Survey <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mid...
Stress – High School Survey <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HS St...
Stress – City Survey <ul><ul><li>Palo Alto Youth Council 2010 Survey </li></ul></ul>
Homework Loading Middle School <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mi...
Homework Loading High School <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HS S...
Data Summary <ul><li>Homework is a cause of stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(2005 – 2010 surveys) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home...
Data Summary <ul><li>Modifications to Homework is the #1 Student request for change </li></ul>
Solutions <ul><li>Comprehensive Analysis of Homework: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Rethinking Homework” by Cathy Vatterott </li...
Solutions <ul><li>Quality vs Quantity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>less time, more learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Differentiatio...
Take-Home: <ul><li>Need to engage District, Sites & Teachers to identify solutions (P-8) </li></ul><ul><li>Read this book,...
Thank You Please visit our website: WeCanDoBetterPaloAlto.org
Meeting Close <ul><li>Key take-aways: </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for coming out and participating tonight!! </li></ul><ul...
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We Can Do Better Palo Alto - presentation at May 17, 2011 meeting. We are a group of Palo Alto parents, students, former students and community members advocating changes to PAUSD policies to reduce academic stress and improve the emotional and mental health of our students.

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  • Median is around 8 hrs/week 20% of kids are spending 11hrs/week 30 hrs class + 11 hrs homework = 41 hrs/week
  • Median is 13 hours 20% of kids around 19 hrs
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  • We Can Do Better Palo Alto - Meeting Presentation May 17, 2011

    1. 1. We Can Do Better – Palo Alto <ul><li>“ We Can Do Better – Palo Alto” is a recently formed group of Palo Alto parents and community members advocating for improving our children's social and emotional well being by proposing positive changes to the school district policies aimed at reducing student academic stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Our proposed changes mirror those in section P8 (“Supportive School Environments”) of the Project Safety Net Plan, published in July 2010 by PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto. The proposed changes represent the best thinking from academics and educators about how to help children thrive emotionally and academically in our schools. </li></ul><ul><li>We know that by working together with the school district we can greatly reduce unnecessary stress and develop healthier, more successful children with similar or improved academic outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: [email_address] http://wecandobetterpaloalto.org/ </li></ul>
    2. 2. Tonight’s Agenda <ul><li>Kathy Sharp (Gunn, JLS, Palo Verde)/ Patrick Grogan (Walter Hayes, Jordan) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of We Can Do Better Palo Alto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of Project Safety Net Section P-8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P-8 progress to date/Next steps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ken Dauber, (Gunn, Terman, JLS, Barron Park, Nixon), Wynn Hausser (Barron Park, Terman, Gunn) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation on Counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Darren Neuman (Walter Hayes, Jordan) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation on Homework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patrick Grogan - Closing Remarks/Introduce discussion groups </li></ul>
    3. 3. We Can Do Better – Palo Alto <ul><li>“ We Can Do Better – Palo Alto” is a recently formed group of Palo Alto parents and community members advocating for improving our children's social and emotional well being by proposing positive changes to the school district policies aimed at reducing student academic stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Our proposed changes mirror those in section P8 (“Supportive School Environments”) of the Project Safety Net Plan , published in July 2010 by PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto. The proposed changes represent the best thinking from academics and educators about how to help children thrive emotionally and academically in our schools. </li></ul><ul><li>We know that by working together with the school district we can greatly reduce unnecessary stress and develop healthier, more successful children with similar or improved academic outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: [email_address] http://wecandobetterpaloalto.org/ </li></ul>
    4. 4. Project Safety Net P-8 Supportive School Environment
    5. 5. Project Safety Net <ul><li>In response to the five teen suicides the community has experienced between May 2009 and January 2010, the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), along with many community partners came together to develop short and long term plans to address this crisis. </li></ul><ul><li>Project Safety Net’s mission is to develop and implement an effective, comprehensive, community-based mental health plan for overall youth well-being in Palo Alto. </li></ul><ul><li>The plan includes Education (E), Prevention (P) and Intervention (I) strategies that together provide a Safety Net for youth and teens in Palo Alto, and defines our community’s teen suicide prevention efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.psnpaloalto.com/ </li></ul>
    6. 6. Project Safety Net - Section Prevention 8 Supportive School Environment <ul><li>P-8 efforts support the belief that all elements of the educational system, including core principles, curriculum, policies, training, strategic plans, hiring and other practices must align in the development of a supportive school environment. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Recommended Next Steps <ul><li>Study, discuss and implement additional environmental strategies that create a more supportive school and learning environment, such as finals prior to winter break, revised test and project calendars, revised homework policies addressing purpose and volume, academic integrity concerns, tutorials and advisories, and social and emotional skill development. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide students with a greater “voice” in campus decision-making, more community building activities on their campuses and opportunities to connect with campus adults as well as with other students. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply positive strategies across all schools in the district. This would allow for a common language, economies of scale, cross training and sharing of what works. </li></ul><ul><li>Give careful consideration to the implementation of suggestions from the Youth Forum. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Minimal Real Action To Date on P-8 <ul><li>GUNN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gunn High School re-engaged with Challenge Success in the 2009-2010 school year and conducted the Challenge Success survey this year (albeit with only a few hundred of its students). A Gunn High School team of students, staff and parents attended the Challenge Success conference in the Fall of 2009. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative teaching methods, more in-class writing and more time for connections between teacher and students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gunn High School has held meetings with various groups to help students develop resilience (Project Cornerstone, Project Happiness). Project Happiness’s curriculum is being used in Focus on Success classes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Fred Luskin (a Gunn parent and Stanford Professor) addressed all seniors on October 14th on the topic of happiness and what makes students happy and resilient in the face of pressure. Students were involved in student-led small group discussions following his presentation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have organized peer support groups and taken action to build community spirit [ROCK (Reach Out Connect Know), “Talk to Me” T-shirts, Anti-suicide Facebook groups]. ROCK has presented its ideas to staff and students to publicize its existence and purpose. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Fred Ginsberg conducted an assembly in March, 2010 for students on building and maintaining resilience. In assemblies and one-on-one encounters students have been supporting each other and have been encouraged to seek help from school staff or another adult if they are concerned about a friend. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PALY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Palo Alto High School (PAHS) recently approved a consistent later start time for students as well as a modified Block schedule for 2010-11. As a result PAHS students will enjoy a few more minutes of sleep each day and the new block scheduling will reduce the number of classes, tests and assignments due to no more than three or four on any given day. Longer classes also allow for more creative teaching methods, more in-class writing and more time for connections between teacher and students . </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. PAUSD Memorandum of Understanding with PSN –Jan 11, 2011 <ul><li>Align PAUSD focus goals to Project Safety Net </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a senior level position in PAUSD to support the implementation of PSN strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Allocate funds up to $5000 from SERV grant for the construction of a website </li></ul><ul><li>Implement the 41 Developmental Assets and philosophy in the school district </li></ul><ul><li>Plan, coordinate, and communicate the administration of Project Cornerstone student survey </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate PAUSD and county results to the greater community </li></ul><ul><li>Begin training up to 90% of all secondary school district staff to be Gatekeepers using Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain and communicate the comprehensive crisis protocol </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to fund up to $10,000 and enhance counseling opportunities through existing 3-6 Session Providers </li></ul>We must ensure that this MOU is addressed as part of the upcoming PAUSD school year 2011/12 strategic planning off-site in June
    10. 10. The Counseling Gap We Can Do Better Palo Alto May 17, 2011
    11. 11. % of parents dissatisfied with... Source: PAUSD 2008 and 2010 strategic plan surveys Paly Gunn Counseling services (2008) 21% 39% Counseling services (2010) 17% 33% Availability of counselors (2008) 14% 32% Quality of counselors (2008) 20% 39% Did not receive effective college counseling (2008) 25% 48% Did not receive effective college counseling (2010) 19% 40% Availability of academic counseling (2010) 14% 32% Quality of academic counseling (2010) 19% 34% Availability of psychological counseling (2010) 9% 14% Quality of psychological counseling (2010) 10% 16%
    12. 12. % of students dissatisfied with... Source: PAUSD 2008 and 2010 strategic plan surveys Paly Gunn Support from college/guidance counselors (2008) 28% 41% Quality of counseling services (2008) 22% 38% Availability of counselors (2008) 16% 39% Did not receive effective college counseling (2008) 22% 33%
    13. 13. 2008-2009 Comparison of WASC data from Gunn and Paly Source: 2008-2009 WASC self-study reports, Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School Paly Gunn Percentage of students who disagree that “a counselor/advisor is available to help me select courses and plan for the future.” 7.5% 14% Percentage of parents who disagree that &quot;a counselor is available to help my child select classes and provide guidance in planning for the future.” 13% 32% Percentage of parents who disagree that &quot;there are effective procedures in place to support communication with teachers.&quot;  13% 21%
    14. 14. 2008-2009 WASC survey at Gunn Source: 2008-2009 WASC self-study report, Gunn High School Students who would support addition of a teacher-advisor and an advisory period 78% Students who don't look forward to school each day 31% Students who don't &quot;know who to talk to to get information about college applications and scholarships. &quot; 33% Students who don't &quot;know who to talk to to access support services such as personal counseling.&quot; 45%
    15. 15. Counseling at Paly and Gunn <ul><li>Paly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>45 Teacher Advisors (TAs) are front-line counselors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TAs meet students in small groups (25) 1-3 times per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory is mandatory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have same TA for 3 years (10-12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freshmen meet with TA every week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 guidance counselors focus on psychological counseling and referral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 college/1 career staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gunn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 guidance counselors provide all counseling services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>includes psychological, college, course scheduling, special education, 504 plans etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1/300 counselor/student ratio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counselors meet students 1-3 times per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 college/career staff </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Scholarly Research Supports Advisory <ul><li>Wasley and Lear (2001) argue that a faculty advisory system </li></ul><ul><li>is “the single most important design element&quot; for personalization and student connectedness. </li></ul><ul><li>A Columbia Teacher's College study (Tocci, Hochman & Allen 2005) concludes that advisory is a core element of most  &quot;well-regarded school reform models&quot; and that &quot;advisory is a key mechanism for ensuring that each student will be known </li></ul><ul><li>well” (Sizer, 1984) by at least one adult in the school. </li></ul><ul><li>According to Burkhardt (1999) an &quot;advisory system is a simple method that ensures that no secondary school student (middle school, junior high school, or high school) becomes anonymous” (Goldberg, 1997) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Homework (Stress, Workload & Solutions) We Can Do Better Palo Alto May 17, 2011
    18. 18. Stress – Middle School Survey <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Parent Response </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Stress – High School Survey <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HS Student Response </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Stress – City Survey <ul><ul><li>Palo Alto Youth Council 2010 Survey </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Homework Loading Middle School <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Parent Response </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Homework Loading High School <ul><ul><ul><li>PAUSD Strategic Plan Survey 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HS Student Response </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Data Summary <ul><li>Homework is a cause of stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(2005 – 2010 surveys) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homework workload is very heavy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School: 8 – 11 hrs/week or more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ 40+ hr workweek for many kids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School: 13 – 19 hrs/week or more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ 50 hr workweek for many kids </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Data Summary <ul><li>Modifications to Homework is the #1 Student request for change </li></ul>
    25. 25. Solutions <ul><li>Comprehensive Analysis of Homework: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Rethinking Homework” by Cathy Vatterott </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to engage District, Sites & Teachers to identify solutions (P-8) </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Academics for Many Students </li></ul>
    26. 26. Solutions <ul><li>Quality vs Quantity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>less time, more learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Differentiation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>focus on learning for all </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decriminalization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>improve environment & relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lots of good strategies available </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. Take-Home: <ul><li>Need to engage District, Sites & Teachers to identify solutions (P-8) </li></ul><ul><li>Read this book, recommend to friends: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Rethinking Homework” by Cathy Vatterott </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Thank You Please visit our website: WeCanDoBetterPaloAlto.org
    29. 29. Meeting Close <ul><li>Key take-aways: </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for coming out and participating tonight!! </li></ul><ul><li>What does initial success looks like?: P-8 task force appointed by the District to begin implementation of recommendations by the end of the 2010/2011 school year </li></ul><ul><li>Reminders: </li></ul><ul><li>Complete your sign-up/interest cards. You will receive a follow -up email with actions you can take immediately and next steps for We Can Do Better Palo Alto </li></ul><ul><li>Next meeting: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting Close-Out: </li></ul><ul><li>Break into small groups for further discussion with Ambassadors and have refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>Ambassadors will wear name tags </li></ul>

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