James Lovelace, Ed. D.
Ravenswood City School District
2120 Euclid Avenue
East Palo Alto, California 94303
650.329.2800 ext. 60114
The Dalai Lama will visit the Ravenswood City School District on Wednesday, October 13. His Holiness will engage in a public conversation with children who reside in East Palo Alto before an audience of over 400 students and special guests. The event will be televised live for employees and community members at 1:30 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Middle School.
Superintendent Maria De La Vega said, “Giving our eighth graders an encounter with this world spiritual and political leader will not only have a profound personal impact on each student, it will expose the students to the world they will inherit as they get ready to move into high school.”
The Dalai Lama’s visit comes at an exciting time for the district as API scores have increased for the second straight year with three schools crossing the important 700 API threshold and teacher retention improving to just under 90%. De La Vega attributed the recent success in the school district to an increase in the district’s Strategic Plan that called for system approach to best practices, culture of continues improvement, data driven, teacher collaboration and support, significant growth in parent engagement, the implementation of a longer school day at several schools and the support of the Ravenswood Education Foundation, which has brought in hundred of volunteers and raised over 1.5 million dollars over the last two years in support of the district’s strategic initiatives.
In preparation for the visit, schools were given curriculum and videos to use in classrooms to understand the historic and academic nature of the Dalai Lama. The district then invited students to participate in an essay contest describing what a meaningful life means.
“The Dalai Lama’s visit to the Ravenswood School District gives an opportunity to discuss world events,” remarked De La Vega, “but to also to help students understand it’s not just about gaining knowledge but what you do with your knowledge to make this a better world for all.”