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Professional development for school board trustees

Earlier this winter, I attended the California School Boards Association (CSBA) conference with the other trustees of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) board, as well as Superintendent Louann Carlomagno. This was the fourth time I have attended the conference and I always come away with new insights, inspiration, confidence (that our district is on the right path) and new compelling ideas.

Along with outside professional development, I consider my fellow board members a huge source of professional development as well. I admire and respect them deeply and feel so fortunate that I have the privilege to work with them. Louann Carlomagno is an outstanding superintendent, along with our wonderful president, Helen Marsh, and trustees Dan Gustafson, Gary DeSmet and Sal Picazo Chavez.

There are unique challenges to being on the school board, as there are for every job.

An important one for us that was underlined in a keynote speech we attended was how important it is to remember that “just because someone says something, doesn’t make it the truth.” Everyone must find their own truths, and find what works for them and their communities and families.

That is one of the reasons why Sonoma Valley is so incredibly special and unique. Not just the outpouring of community support for quality education, but also the educational choice that we have here.


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