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July 2020

Parents at the Table! A Week of Parent Action to Promote Educational Equity in San Mateo County during COVID-19 - July 13, 2020

Are you a parent, educator, or community leader in San Mateo County? Do you care about students in this community? Are you concerned about how we’ll ensure equity as distance learning continues? Do you want to know how the county and local school districts can help? Are you ready to speak up for our children? Join us Monday, July 13 at 6 P.M. for a virtual community forum where parent leaders share their experiences as co-educators during COVID-19, and San Mateo County education officials respond to parent priorities for next school year as distance learning continues. Our webinar panelists include: Nancy Magee - Superintendent of San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Hector Camacho - Board President, SMCOE Ted Lempert - SMCOE Board Member Joe Ross - SMCOE Board Member More Week of Action Events: California just passed new requirements for distance learning for local school districts and charter schools, whose plans will be approved by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) this summer. African American, Latinx, Pacific Islander and low-income communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have already lost months of learning. Distance learning will continue this fall. It is our priority to ensure that these students do not fall irreparably behind. Are you ready to speak up for our children? Local school boards will also be discussing plans for fall at their meetings this week. Listen to the plan and make a public comment so your voice is heard! San Mateo County Board of Education July 15th at 4 pm View here. Redwood City School Board July 15th at 7 pm Ravenswood School Board July 16th at 7:15 pm Other San Mateo County school district board meetings and charter school information can be found on their respective websites. Can’t make the meetings? You can also email your local school board members, district, and school leaders with your opinions about what you think is most important when schools reopen. For more information, contact us: Redwood City Area Support Jose Talavera,, 650.562.6200, ext. 156 East Palo Alto Area Support Isadora Costa Cardoso,, 650.562.6200, ext. 172 San Mateo County and Charter Schools Support Eva Orbuch,, 650.562.6200 ext. 113. This week of action is led by Innovate Public Schools, a nonprofit community organization that builds the capacity of parents and educators working together to create excellent and equitable public schools. Go here for more information.

Racial & Social Injustice in America: A Public Roundtable - July 01, 2020

We invite you to join us for a virtual Public Roundtable to discuss race relations and actions that can be taken to help solve social injustice and inequality in our community. The forum is free and open to the public. Our intent is to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to express their reactions and experiences and to begin to imagine a new way forward. The evening will be moderated by Stanford University Associate Professor Allyson Hobbs, U.S. History Professor and Chair of the African and African-American Studies Program, and Rev. Kaloma Smith, Chair of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission and Pastor of University AME Zion Church of Palo Alto. This two hour Roundtable will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 1, on the Zoom platform. There is no need to RSVP. Join us at or dial US: (669) 900 6833 or (346) 248 7799 or (253) 215 8782 or (929) 205 6099 or (301) 715 8592 or (312) 626 6799. For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location. The Webinar ID is 822 4992 7285. Go here for more information.

June 2020


Time: 7:30 p.m. Special Meeting Location – Hosted by the City of East Palo Alto: Teleconference meeting: All members of the City Council, city staff, applicants, and members of the public will be participating by teleconference. To promote social distancing while allowing essential governmental functions to continue, the Governor has temporarily waived portions of the open meetings act and rules pertaining to teleconference meetings. This meeting is conducted in compliance with the Governor Executive Order N-25-20 issued March 12, 2020, and supplemental Executive Order N-29-20 issued March 17, 2020. • _How to participate in the meeting: • _Access the special meeting real-time online at: Webinar ID: 947 8026 9043 • _Or join by phone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 International numbers available: Subject to Change: Given the current public health emergency and the rapidly evolving federal, state, county and local orders, the format of this meeting may be altered or the meeting may be canceled. You may check on the status of the meeting by visiting the City’s website The instructions for logging on to the webinar and/or the access code is subject to change. If you have difficulty accessing the webinar, please check the latest online edition of the posted agenda for updated information ( Go here for more information.

Virtual HS Musical Making Workshop - TheatreWorks Silicon Valley - June 23, 2020

Musical Making Workshop by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley July 6 – August 14, 2020 ONLINE: Two full scholarships available, please email for scholarships. Work with professional theatre artists and get started on your own new musical! Explore your ideas and practice your craft during this exciting new program. The theme is 2020, and no subject is off-limits. You can take anything and everything "2020" means to you and turn it into musical theatre. Join us in exploring the basics of theatrical songwriting and storytelling in this six-week workshop for Bay Area high school students. Led by TheatreWorks teaching artist/playwright, Joanna Glum, the Musical Making Workshop will also include guest artists: award-winning Playwright, Composer, and Librettist Min Kahng (The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga) and TheatreWorks’ Resident Musical Director and Gunn High School Choir Director for 30+ years William Liberatore, who has helped bring new musicals to life on TheatreWorks stages for decades. You will meet three times a week in two-hour sessions over Zoom with these professional theatremakers from 12pm-2pm. Each participant will write a scene and compose 1-2 minutes of music. The program is $600 and two full scholarships are available. Please email with any questions and to apply for scholarships. Go here for more information.

San Jose Virtual Team Hope 10K Run & 5K Walk - June 20, 2020

The annual HDSA Team Hope Timed 10K Run and 5K Walk that is usually held in Campbell Park has gone VIRTUAL. THE EVENT STARTS AT 10 AM (PST)-ENDS 3 PM. The event is a fundraiser to help in the fight against Huntington's disease (HD); a rare, fatal, genetic disease with NO CURE. Funds raised support HD services in the San Francisco Bay Area; i.e. HD clinics at Stanford University and UCSF Medical Center, 4 HD support groups and research. It's FREE to join. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. Go here for more information.





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