Thursday, August 25, 2011

A School District With Vision


This week, Aiden and I spoke at an event for the leaders of Downey Unified School District.  They are tackling the issue of bullying head on with Dr. Robert Jagielski, Director of Student Services leading the charge.  What inspired me most at this event was Dr. Jagielski’s fearlessness and determination.   He didn’t believe that you can effect change by tiptoeing around the issue or talking about it at one staff development.  This will be an on-going focus.  The lives of youth are at stake . . . . his courage, his boldness are such an inspiration.
Although Aiden and I came representing the LGBT community, we spoke to principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents and the superintendent as a representative of all students who are perceived different and suffer in silence.  There are so many students who fall into this category. 
We walked away from this event in awe of this man, these leaders and this district that supports their leaders to change the culture of their schools.  Bravo Downey Unified and Bravo Dr. Robert Jagielski. . . .

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