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Every School Day Matters // Cada Día Escolar Importa

If we think about the 180 days our young people spend in school, and all that must be introduced, assessed, tested, expanded upon, reassessed and taught again before the year’s end, it is no surprise that every school day is vital to academic growth and success.

Research has shown that students who regularly attend school are more likely to read on-level by third grade, are less likely to drop out in high school, and show more persistence in college. Most curriculum is sequential, meaning that the lessons each day tend to build off one another. Therefore when a student misses class, the ripple effect on learning can be significant. It is very hard to go back and learn content that was missed.


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Reclasificación: La Perspectiva de un Estudiante

Natalie Walchuk | April 3, 2019

Si has sintonizado con una reunión de la mesa directiva del Distrito Escolar del Oeste de Contra Costa en el último año, visitado el Centro RYSE en Richmond, o asistido a un evento del Proyecto James Morehouse (JMP), es probable que hayas conocido a Kateryn Ochoa.

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Reclassification: A Student’s Perspective

Natalie Walchuk | March 27, 2019

If you’ve tuned into a West Contra Costa Unified school board meeting within the last year, visited the RYSE Center in Richmond, or attended a James Morehouse Project (JMP) event, you’ve likely met Kateryn Ochoa. Between her service as a student trustee, canvassing to encourage…

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Resultados SBAC 2018 3ra Parte – Para avanzar, debemos mirar…

Natalie Walchuk | January 22, 2019

No es de extrañar que, en una economía basada en información, las oportunidades de empleo en los campos de Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas (STEM) sigan aumentando. A partir del 2016, más de 17 millones de trabajadores estaban empleados en ocupaciones …

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Principal LaForest: Heart, Courage, and Conviction

Natalie Walchuk | June 4, 2019

As soon as we walked out of Principal Chelsea LaForest’s office, a young student walked in and was ready to tell her how his day went from good to bad. “I want to hear a rose and a thorn,” we heard her say as we left the Murphy Elementary front office. We smiled as we walked to our car…


Principal Chilcott- Improving Outcomes, One Student At A Time

Natalie Walchuk | April 9, 2019

It wouldn’t be a standard day in the life of a principal without an early morning call to help a young person ease into the start of a rainy day. Principal Gabriel Chilcott steps into the Mira Vista front office with a student and leads him to a seat nearby. With the young man now settled…

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Dan MacDonald, A Learning Leader

Natalie Walchuk | March 2, 2019

If you ask Principal Dan MacDonald about the secret sauce behind the rising student achievement levels at Shannon Elementary, he’ll smile at you and tell you he has nothing to do with it. In fact, he’ll tell you that the only magic of his is reserved for when he’s playing his guitar.

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It’s Finally Here!

Natalie Walchuk | January 10, 2019

For three years, GO West Contra Costa (GO WCC) has worked with parents, educators, and community allies to improve outcomes for the 33,000+ young people attending public schools in West Contra Costa. A critical part of our work is ensuring that families have access to the…


Our Data Rubric is now available in Spanish!

Maribel Lopez | March 7, 2018

Esta versión modificada de la Rúbrica Estratégico de uso de datos es un recurso desarrollado por GO Public Schools West Contra Costa, adaptado del Harvard Strategic Data Project. Su objetivo es servir de guía para ayudar a los líderes del distrito en sus esfuerzos de transformar la forma en…

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Why Data Matters: A Case Study

Natalie Walchuk | March 7, 2018

At the Board of Education meeting on December 6, 2017, our district leaders took up the issue of converting three existing district K-6 schools into K-8. At that time, no presentation or data were offered to the Board or public for consideration to ground the discussion. Therefore, our team…

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