School District works to build purposeful community

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Members of the “Literacy” table exchange ideas during the second Colton Joint Unified School District Community Cabinet.

 

Colton Joint Unified School District completed its first two Community Cabinet meetings of 2014. The Cabinet is designed to form an alliance between members of the community in order to better equip students with the skills and education necessary to become successful in the workforce. During a series of monthly meetings, parents, community leaders, educators, employers and other members of the community generate projects and initiatives in four key areas- Mental & Physical Awareness, Academic/Career Readiness, Early Preparation and Literacy.
The purpose of the program is to gather data and “identify key milestones students must reach along their educational paths known as the Cradle to Career Continuum.”
Parent, Rosa Martin del Campo, has been actively attending district events like the Community Cabinet for roughly 10 years. “I think it’s important to come to these cabinets because they’re a tool we can use to help our children, so we can better understand what’s going on with our kids.” she said. “I feel that in order for a child to progress in school, parents must offer support and encouragement from an early age.”
“I would encourage all parents to attend these meetings. Set aside your daily duties and come encourage our children and keep them off the streets. A lot of children turn to the streets because they don’t have the support at home. I feel that by supporting and encouraging our children, we help better the community,” she continued.
Each table had district and community facilitators to lead their group and each table focused on core issues. The Early Preparation table worked together to identify ways to connect with families, initiate more parental involvement and communicate available programs and resources to members of the community. The Literacy table worked to develop strategies that help students gain confidence and self-esteem by learning to enjoy reading and discussed ways to offer early literacy intervention to get students reading by grade three. The Mental & Physical Health Awareness table identified ways to assure that all infants and toddler receive adequate, continual healthcare. Table members brainstormed on how to better educate parents on child development and proper health education, as well as how to provide a safe, nurturing environment. The Academic/Career Readiness table explored ways to provide students opportunities that offer hands-on, real world experience in the workforce through collaborations with local businesses providing internships and other technical education experiences.
Cabinets are open to all members of the community. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month through June. The next meeting is set to take place on March 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the CJUSD Board Room located at: 18829 Orange Street, in Bloomington. For more information or to RSVP, contact Francis Frost at: frances_frost@cjusd.net

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