DELTA SIERRA SECTION PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Dear Fellow and Potential CASCWA members,
I am humbled to be able to address our small, but might Delta-Sierra Section (DSS) community. Not only am I honored to serve as your 21-22 Section President, but I also hope to provide you with some inspiration, hope, and a message of resiliency. No one would have ever thought that we would find ourselves more than 18 months into a Global Pandemic with still so many uncertainties. Uncertainties that bring about fear, anxiety, and the aftermath of a shut-down that has magnified the need for Child Welfare and Attendance support more than ever. Although this may sound overwhelming, I knew the entire time that I was not in this alone. This is the exact reason that I have prioritized my CASCWA membership; so I don’t ever have to do this work alone.
Since beginning in this field in 2007, CASCWA has always been, and continues to be necessary to increasing my knowledge and capacity in the field of Child Welfare and Attendance. Over the last 18 month, I have heard more stories of school staff conducting home visits, being creative with student engagement, and prioritizing school belonging and connectedness. For us CASCWA Members, this is nothing new, but we were seen, heard and have felt valued more than ever before. Whether it be a direct connection with members of State SARB, access to the wonderful Professional Development opportunities that have kept me updated with latest trends in the field, or making those personal connections with others that are now just an email or phone call away, I know I have support.
Now, more than ever, we have seen the value of self-care and personal connection. We, as social beings, need to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness even as professionals. We need to feel supported and put ourselves first so that we may care for others; our staff and students. We must, now, more than ever find and strengthen our village because we are stronger together. This is my reason for being a CASCWA member, my village. I challenge you to join CASCWA, our village, this year as we grow stronger together on our mission to support our students.
Virginia Burns, Delta-Sierra Section President
Sutter County Superintendent of Schools
Program Coordinator, Student Support and Outreach
Delta-Sierra Executive Board Meetings
Professional Development Event
On February 23rd, CASCWA's Delta Sierra Section hosted an "Attendance Certification Training." The presenters were CDE's David Kopperud and Dan Sackheim. It was and excellent presentation and we wish to thank David and Dan for sharing their "Power Point": Supervision of Attendance Training.pptx
CASCWA's Delta Sierra Section Board
DSS Past President/CASCWA State President
Nevada County SOS
California Department of Education Programs Consultant
School Innovation & Achievement
Woodland Joint USD
Member at Large
Woodland Joint USD