A Message From Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Lynch
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This message is to inform you the RUSD Board of Trustees took action at the September 15, 2015 Regular Board meeting to discontinue the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program beginning in the 2016-17 school year. The three year phase in period to transition the kindergarten entry age to 5 years old by September 1 was achieved in the 2014-15 school year. Funds that have been allocated for the TK program will now be used to benefit all RUSD students.
As we further implement the new California Standards, teachers and parents are exploring ways to more deeply engage students in math to ensure they understand concepts fully beyond memorizing procedures for solving problems. Dr. Jo Boaler, professor at Stanford University, is an expert in the ways students naturally learn math. The link below will provide you information about an on-line course taught by Dr. Boaler. Some of the ideas may be new to you and some of the research shared may make a lot of sense. (A few of the notes on the link refer to the course in the past, however the link to access the course is current). This course is self paced and a bargain at $125. Click here for details.
Dr. Boaler will be working with teachers in the Ross School District in February, and will provide a parent education session. This parent session will be open for our parents to attend. I will share the details of this opportunity once they are finalized.
How to Learn Math: For Teachers and Parents
Explore the new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. Whether you are a teacher preparing to implement the new Common Core State Standards, a parent wanting to give your children the best math start in life, an administrator wanting to know ways to encourage math teachers or another helper of math learners, this course will help you.
The Marin Kid Care Fair
I am very happy to share information about The Marin Kid Care Fair. Over 20 community organizations will be providing resources for foster parents and anyone interested in being a foster parent, Big Brother/Sister, or an advocate for children and families at risk. There will be education programs as well as music, dental screenings, homework tips and so much more. The Marin Kid Care Fair is being held on October 17 from 9 am to 4 pm for The Marin Health and Wellness Campus. You can find more information on their website: www.mfpa.net and click on KidCareFair.