All five PAUSD School Board members along with Superintendent Max McGee gathered in San Diego Dec. 3rd-5th, 2015, along with thousands of school board members from around the state, to discuss educational policies, practices, finances, and innovations throughout California. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts in education, hear about statewide advocacy efforts, and connect with colleagues. I don't tweet very much, but if you check out my Twitter feed (@HeidiEmberling), you can find out more details about the workshops I attended. One of my favorite quotes from the conference is: "Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort." -JFK Some of the workshops I attended focused on: Joint City/School Land Use agreements (City of Dublin has done some creative partnerships), Early Learning-3rd grade alignment (Oakland Unified has a Deputy Chief of Early Learning!), parent involvement (Fresno Unified created a "Parent University" program), a dynamic and inclusive LCAP process from Berkeley Unified that engages all stakeholders in the continuous cycle of progress towards its goals, the first research study about the positive effects of Transitional Kindergarten, and a discussion about fostering more Latino Leadership in district administration and school board representation. Did you know that 54% of California's students are Latino? But fewer than 15% of school board members are Latino, and only 18% of California's teachers are Latino. Keynote speakers included Author and Harvard Professor Sarah Lewis, speaking about creativity and the gift of failure, and Dr. Pedro Noguera, speaking about equity in education ("Poverty is not a learning disability. Equity is about giving students what they need to succeed.") It was an inspiring conference. I look forward to sharing and implementing some of these innovative ideas with our district over the next year.