Jesus Zeus Salas Has First EESAC Meeting

When he served as Principal for a Day at the Miami Dade County Public School Juvenile Justice Center last year, Jesus Zeus Salas was invited to serve on the Center’s “EESAC.” The Education Excellence School Advisory Committee is a crucial part of educational administration in the state of Florida, and Jesus Zeus Salas was honored to accept a seat on the committee after his day spent motivating students, assisting with technological concerns, and speaking with vendors to get the school the best possible prices on supplies and equipment.

Jesus Salas at the Miami Dade Public School Juvenile Justice Center
Jesus Salas with Principal S.Payne Miami Dade Public School Juvenile Justice Center

As a member of the Education Excellence School Advisory Committee, Jesus Zeus Salas will be part of the sole governing body of the school. When he sits in on his first meeting on March 13, 2013, Jesus Zeus Salas will assist administrators as they make decisions related to educational improvement and various accountability processes.

The EESAC first became a part of Florida schools in the early 1990s as part of a larger scheme to reform the educational system and better hold teachers and administrators accountable for the success of their students. In addition to general decision making, Jesus Zeus Salas will have a voice in involving stakeholders of all kinds in the decision-making process. Jesus Zeus Salas will also help administrators prepare the School Improvement Plan (SIP) documents on a yearly basis, and review progress throughout the school year. Finally, Jesus Zeus Salas will help to ensure that the Juvenile Justice Center adheres to all state and district goals and standards.

Jesus Zeus Salas looks forward to his continued involvement with the Juvenile Justice Center. In addition to serving on the EESAC, Jesus Zeus Salas hopes to work further with students as he did on his day as principal, helping them to form long-term goals and acquire the skills that they need to achieve them.

How to Get Involved in Education by Jesus Salas

Kids who are in school right now are the thinkers, leaders, and doers of tomorrow. But in many places in the United States, the education system simply isn’t receiving the support and resources it needs to provide students with the guidance they need to excel. Jesus Salas, who recently participated in his Miami community’s Principal Day initiative, suggests the following ways that you can get involved in your community’s schools, whether or not you’re a parent.

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Jesus Salas with Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

Be a Tutor

Many students today don’t have family members who have the time to help them with their homework after school. If you have a talent for reading, math, or any other subject, think about volunteering your time to help kids brush up on concepts they need to spend a little extra time with. Even if your algebra days are long gone and you couldn’t tell a coordinating conjunction from a transitive verb if your life depended on it, consider helping kids manage their time by showing them the value of making schedules.

Attend School Meetings

As a tax-paying member of your community, you have the right to be involved in school board meetings. Just by showing up, you’ll show administrators that you care about the quality of your community’s education. Feel free to ask questions and voice your opinion about the issues that you feel matter the most. If you’re a parent, joining a PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) can give an extra boost to your administrative involvement.

Support Leadership and Development

This is an avenue for you to push for quality education with your wallet. Help establish scholarship funds to send teachers to workshops and conferences. Or, create a funding pool for students who want to attend outside educational programs they might not be able to afford themselves. This type of fund can also help students cover the cost of college applications.

Stay Informed

It’s especially important for supporters of public schools to stay informed about what’s going on in the government when it comes to education. Currently, many states have bills in their legislative branches that seek to limit certain aspects of instruction, or that are cutting funding from various program. Know what issues are up for vote in your community. If there’s a ballot initiative in your community that affects education, get out and vote.

Talk to Your Schools

Principal Day is just one of many community initiatives that bring individuals and schools together to improve educational opportunities and access. Get in touch with your local schools to see how you can best support them, and what options are available for volunteering or other involvement.

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/weta/twoschools/getinvolved/empowering/100ways.html

http://www.pbs.org/pov/principalstory/take_action.php#.UMJ1VpPjn9I

http://www.bhg.com/health-family/school/back-to-school/get-involved-in-your-childs-education/?page=2