Episode 050: Lynn Mackey of the Contra Costa County Office of Education

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On this episode, I chat with Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Superintendent of Schools, Lynn Mackey. We tackle many things going on in education from Career Technical Education (ROP) cuts to the teacher shortage. We get into the Sandy Hook Promise being rolled out in Contra Costa County and the idea of ALICE training at school sites. We discuss suicides & bullying along with being provided an update on Charter Schools. I close by complaining how short school days are for TK and Kindergartners.

Episode Overview:

  • 03:17 – Career Technical Education (ROP) Cuts and what are districts doing to save the programs?
  • 05:53 – What are some of the creating things Districts are doing to keep ROP programs.
  • 6:40 – Mackey explains the Sandy Hook Promise program being rolled out in Contra Costa County.
  • 10:04 – Mackey speaks on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training
  • 11:11 – We get into suicides and bullying along with the prevention and social emotional guild lines.
  • 15:20 – Mackey provides an overview of what the county deals with the Youth Development Services which works with foster, homeless, incarcerated youths.
  • 19:12 – Mackey provides an update on the Charter School debate with the Clayton Valley Charter School and the Rocketship issue in Antioch.
  • 24:07 – On difficulty of hiring good teachers and if a teacher shortage is going on still.
  • 27:40 – How do we get more parents involved in education?
  • 28:37 – County Office of Education Communication and what is being done to improve outreach?
  • 30:30 – We stumble into social media addiction and talk about how the County is working with Common Sense Media to talk about social media and the use of social media in a healthy way. We then chat a bit about podcasts.
  • 34:23 – an update of the County Office of Education and what she is up to.
  • 36:12 – How the she thinks the new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is working out and what California State Bills they are watching.
  • 37:38 – Why can’t TK and Kindergartners go to school longer?
  • 38:45 – Mackey closes by highlighting how optimistic she is on the County Office of Education and a shout out to the County Teacher of the year.

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