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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: What Jann Murray-Garcia Teaches Us on the GATE/AIM Issue

Aug 3, 2015
Analysis: What Jann Murray-Garcia Teaches Us on the GATE/AIM Issue

I want to start my analysis of her latest column by stating that, of all of the great people we have in the community, Jann Murray-Garcia ranks in my view at or very near the top in terms of those I admire. I have known her for over a decade and she has been...

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Davis Vanguard
Wolk Addresses Questions About His Assembly Candidacy

Aug 3, 2015
Wolk Addresses Questions About His Assembly Candidacy

With the announcement in mid-July that Bill Dodd would run for the State Senate, less than a year after he won his seat in the Assembly, the door was opened for candidates to fill his seat. Quickly emerging was Dan Wolk, the Mayor of Davis who finished third in the 2014 primary and two-time...

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Davis Vanguard
Diversity as a Guise for Inequality? Jann Murray-Garcia’s Take on GATE/AIM

Aug 2, 2015
Diversity as a Guise for Inequality? Jann Murray-Garcia’s Take on GATE/AIM

Today in her column, Jann Murray-Garcia reemerges in the GATE/AIM debate, laying out a history of her concerns about the program. As we continue our evaluation and analysis of the program, Dr. Murray-Garcia lays out these concerns from a different perspective. She writes that, back in 2002, “as president of a small community organization...

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Davis Vanguard
Don’t blame the Achievement Gap on AIM

Don’t blame the Achievement Gap on AIM

By Alicia Silva At the June 4th School Board Meeting, a group of researchers who had volunteered to analyze the district’s magnet programs gave a presentation on the AIM program. In their written report, they reported no statistically significant effect of the AIM program on STAR scores for students in the program or out...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Who Should AIM Serve?

Jul 31, 2015
Analysis: Who Should AIM Serve?

As I speak to more and more people in and around the community about the current AIM program – one of the biggest questions which underlies issues such as AIM identification is who should AIM serve. The research that I have done has suggested that AIM or GATE programs seem to serve two distinct...

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Davis Vanguard
Does Self-Contained Program Have a Magic Number?

Jul 29, 2015
Does Self-Contained Program Have a Magic Number?

Among the questions we asked yesterday was – a re you concerned that the program is too large – and if so, what size would you prefer? We have had this discussion on the record with a number of people and we end up with some differing opinions here. One person said that studies...

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Davis Vanguard
What are the Concerns With the Current GATE/ AIM Program

Jul 28, 2015
What are the Concerns With the Current GATE/ AIM Program

The Vanguard has had a lot discussions with people in the community about the GATE/ AIM Program. At the point the sense seems to be while there are groups polarized within the community on the future of the program, it is not all that clear where the lines are drawn exactly. On the one...

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Davis Vanguard
My View II: Three Words to Eliminate in the GATE/AIM Discussion

Jul 25, 2015
My View II: Three Words to Eliminate in the GATE/AIM Discussion

The discussion of GATE and AIM and what to do about it in our local schools is clearly one that is divisive and polarizing. However, having had some extensive discussions with people all over the map on the key issue – what to do about the program – I perhaps naively believe that a...

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Banana Moments
The gift of your faith promotes spiritual resilience for your child

Jul 23, 2015
The gift of your faith promotes spiritual resilience for your child

Massetti's main message is simple: “When you baptized your child, you agreed to the responsibility of protecting and nurturing the divine light in your child, who is new life and a gift from God.” Massetti then explained that the way to do this is to keep the light alive in yourself first.

Banana Moments
De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

Jul 23, 2015
De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

My two cents

How to love_Fresh StartOne of the most difficult things for the modern parent to accept is that our minor children are actually responsible for their own thoughts and actions, and the sooner we help them realize this the better.  Learning how to be self-governing, requires holding youth...

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