West Contra Costa Community Journal

At GO West Contra Costa, we strive to be a trusted source of current, authentic, and relevant news in West Contra Costa’s public education space.

What is The West Contra Costa Community Journal?

This year we launched the "West Contra Costa community Journal' that seeks to elevate community voices and tell the story of our new advocacy model. Through varied bylines, resource sharing, and leadership profiles we are working to not only share what we do but how and why we do it. Subsequent newsletters continued to lift up key topics aligned to our community-led committees, the WCCUSD school board, WCCUSD budget and finances, COVID, student data and more.


Community Profiles

Monthly Community Journals


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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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