How Do We Expand Safe and High Quality PreK to Benefit All Children and Families in CA? On March 24, 2022 San Joaquin A+ facilitated a conversation on the future of PreK and childcare in CA. We’ve talked a lot about the challenges for K-12 education systems throughout the pandemic, but one of the greatest areas of change, opportunity, and challenge are in the early childhood and PreK space. Throughout the pandemic, childcare of young children has been and remains a challenge for parents in our county and across the State. At the same time, and in response to this challenge, California has identified funding to expand PreK for all children. And while this sounds good, with staffing shortages already plaguing this industry, and significant uncertainty about how to scale and expand the most effective early learning models, many questions remain. We have invited a group of panelists with expertise in programming, training, and governance of our PreK schools and systems, and are going to ask them the hard questions about how to make sure that we expand early learning opportunities with quality, and actually help solve some of the problems parents of young children have faced during the pandemic. The panel included: > Troy Brown, County Superintendent, San Joaquin County Office of Education > Connor Sloan, San Joaquin County Office of Education > [...]
San Joaquin A+ hosted a group of local leaders and national experts to discuss the national teacher shortage, and what we can do to recruit and retain great educators in our region On Thursday, November 18th, local non-profit organization San Joaquin A+ (SJA+) hosted a webinar in the organization’s speaker series titled: Where have all the teachers gone? And why are we so optimistic that we can attract, recruit, develop, and maintain the teacher force we need in San Joaquin County? The discussion focused on the current state of teachers and teacher preparation in our country, with a focus on how we can attract, recruit, develop, and maintain the teachers we need for our school systems in San Joaquin County. You can see the presentation here and webinar recording here: Panelists provided the latest information on teacher shortages, how other parts of the state and country are helping solve this problem, existing opportunities for prospective teachers, and why they should consider teaching in San Joaquin County. This lively 45-minute panel discussion featured: Who: Bob Wise, former Gov. of West Virginia Ryan Borden, Senior Program Officer at Gates Foundation Pharobee Kersey, First Year 2nd grade Teacher at Vincent Shalvey Academy Harry Black, Stockton City Manager You can also view clips and excerpts from the webinar on our facebook page.
“Building Ladders to Good Jobs” Panel Featured Leaders in Education, Agriculture, Healthcare, and Other Industries Crucial to San Joaquin County Economy Stockton, CA [12/16/20] - Recently, leaders from San Joaquin County’s university, business, healthcare, and agriculture communities joined Don Shalvey, Executive Director of San Joaquin A+, for a discussion about the future of the region’s economy. Panelists included Donald J. Wiley, President and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center; Jeff Manassero, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Rivet School; Kevin Phillips, Vice President of Operations at Phillips Farms and Michael David Winery; Thomas Pogue of the University of the Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research; Jeff Michael, Executive Director of the University of Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research; and Jessica Kaczmarek, Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation. “We were grateful for the active participation of our panelists, and feel lucky to bring this great group of industry leaders together to discuss the future of San Joaquin County’s economy,” Don Shalvey said. “It’s critical that we align Stockton’s education programming with the good jobs that not only can serve as an anchor for our economy going forward, but also will provide meaningful work and a family sustaining income for young people growing up across our region.” The panelists discussed a new report by researchers at the University [...]