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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Grossmont Union High School DistrictCandidato para Síndico, Area de Síndico 3

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Gary Woods

Teacher/Trustee, Grossmont Union High School District
10,246 votos (49.7%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Continue promoting science, upgrading technology, modernizing facilities, creating safe schools, and directing funds to the classroom. Woods is recognized in the California Senate for helping all GUHSD students achieve.
  • Continue championing the Future Forward computer program which provides Chromebooks and technology for all the students of GUHSD. Woods supports the reduction of class size to encourage student interaction and improve graduation rates.
  • Continue supporting Career Technical Education--automotive, digital arts, engineering, health, manufacturing, medical, and welding--that connect students to real world professions. The teachers of Grossmont and local officials endorse Gary Woods.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:High School Teacher, GUHSD Board Member, Professor
Executive Director of EBI International Leadership Development, Shadow Mountain Ministries (1996–current)
Governing Board Member and Vice President - Area 3, Grossmont Union High School District Board — Cargo elegido (2008–current)
President, Planning Commission, City of El Cajon — Cargo elegido (2004–2008)

Educación

California Senate Resolution No. 719 Certificate of Recognition, In honor of outstanding dedication to education for 25 years, a passion for helping students realize their potential (2018)
Alliant International University Doctor of Education in Technology and Learning, Cross-cultural Master degree, Bachelor of Science, - Student perceptions on digital learning experiences in light of Multiple Intelligences and Best Teaching Practices (2004)

Actividades comunitarias

Community service: international leadership development., EBI International: providing leadership curriculum for underserved, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students in the US, Latin America, Asia, & Afric (2004–current)

Biografía

Gary Woods GUHSD Biography https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0nvyn-Eazn3NlREWnJ1TTY1TGc/view

In 2014 Woods was recognized in the California Senate for his high school teaching, instructional technology experience, and "his exemplary service on the Grossmont Union High School Board."

Elected in 2014 as Vice President of the GUHSD Governing Board, Woods passionately promotes Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways including agriculture, automotive, building trades, computer arts, culinary arts, manufacturing, marketing, sport medicine, and welding.  He believes a variety of career pathways and experiences are needed in order to motivate a diverse student population to be successful.

Woods is an enthusiastic life-long learner whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from the Netherlands.  He understands the English as a second language process and the power of langue immersion.

Woods early commitment to learning technology prompted him to purse a Doctor of Education in Technology and Learning degree from Alliant International University.  Woods is passionate about finding better ways of leveraging technology to teach students real-world skills that will help them in college and careers.

Providing students with Chromebooks so that they can develop critical and creative thinking as well as perform their best on state-mandated tests has been a top priority for Woods.

Woods currently serves as the Executive Director of EBI International, a network of leadership institutes in the United States, Latin America, and Asia, and soon will be expanding into Africa.  He works with underserved, disadvantaged, nontraditional and low income students.  In addition, he has taught educational psychology at the doctoral level for a major U.S. university and several seminaries.

Respected as a credible voice in decision-making, Woods serves on several academic and community taskforces that encourage student connections and business internships for student, including the Skilled Workforce Development Committee and the Curriculum Master Plan Steering Committee.

The El Cajon Planning Commission and several international institutes of higher learning have recognized Dr. Woods for his contributions to the community and to students.

Woods has been recognized for his support of AB 1844: Chelsea King Child Predator Prevention Act http://www.sjpoa.com/PDF/ab1844.pdf.

On August 30, 2018 Woods was again recognized in the California Senate in Resolution No. 719 signed by Senator Joel Anderson for "his outstanding record of achievements and leadership as a member and Vice President of the Grossmont Union High School District's Governing Board of Trustees."

Woods is supported for this nonpartisan office by the 850 teachers of the Grossmont Education Association and by local elected leaders from both parties.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Endorsed by 850 Grossmont teachers represented by the Grossmont Education Assoc for his high school teaching experience.
  • Endorsed by Mayor Bill Wells and local educators including GUHSD President Rob Shield and fellow board members.
  • Endorsed by state leaders including Senator Joel Anderson and Assemblyman Brian Jones for protecting students - AB1844.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de The League of Women Voters San Diego (4)

What are the pressing problems of this school district, in your opinion, and what experience do you bring to the Board that will help address these problems?
Respuesta de Gary Woods:

When I was first elected I saw six pressing issues: (1) harmony and respect on the school board, (2) focued classroom funding, (3) enhanced campus safety and security, (4) applied instructional technology, (5) updated STEM courses--Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and (6) CTE--Career Technical Education for high-paying careers after hihg school and college--and so I made six priority promises to the voters:

First, as a teacher with high school experience I would serve collaboratively with honor, dignity, and respect on the board as a positive team member.  Teaching our children is a team effort, one that requires to collaboration of teachers, administrators, governing board members, and the community working together in harmony and mutual respect. In fact, the teachers of Grossmont have endorsed me to continue the positive progress at Grossmont.  

Second, I would work to ensure that funds would be focused on the classroom where all students and teachers would be most benefited.  Today every school in Grossmont now has the most advanced and state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities on the West Coast.  Teachers from other districts are applying to teach at GUHSD.

Third, I would focus on keeping all students safe by working with local law enforcement, installing security cameras, and supporting legislation to protect students from child predators and human traffickers.  AB 1844 which I supported to protect students from child predators has been passed by the State of California and every school in Grossmont now has security cameras, student resource officers, secure doors, and appropriate fencing.

 Fourth, I would promote instructional technology, open educational resources, and digital portfolios.  These are my areas of expertise and my passion.  Today every student at Grossmont has a Chromebook as part of Future Forward, Grossmont teachers are creating OERs Open Educational Resources, students are creating digital portfolios, and the Grossmont District is a West Coast instructional technology leader and holds EdTech and CUE conferences led by Grossmont teachers and attended by teachers from around Southern California. Again, this way not done by one person; this was done by a team of best educators on the West Coast--the teachers of GUHSD. 

Fifth, I would work to promote STEM -- science, engineering, technology, and math.  Today every school in Grossmont has new state-of-the-art science classroom; state-of-the art instructional technology; and integrated math is being implemented. 

Sixth, I would work to promote Career Technical Education.  Today Grossmont is a West Coast leader in Career Pathways, including agriculture, automotive, digital arts, health occupations, manufacturing, robotics, sports medicine, and welding.  We have 43 CTE Pathways in 12 industry sectors.

None of this incredible progress was done by one person alone; it was done by an incredible team working together for the common good.

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Now I want to enhance the focus on teen marijuana use, teen homelessness, and cyber-bullying through developing emotional intelligence working with a major university like Yale University. Grossmont's restorative justice focus is one of the best on the West Coast.  Grossmont's emotional emphasis has been recognized by Yale University who is seeking to partner with Grossmont.

What is your view of charter schools?
Respuesta de Gary Woods:

Charter schools have their great purpose and potential as places of innovation with less government red tape, this type of charter schools should be approved.  But when charter schools are all about profit and not about student achievement--and when they do not follow the best practices in the education code, they should not be approved.  In the last ten years our District Board has only approved one additional charter school for home schoolers.

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Grossmont continues to urge Sacramento to cut as much red tape on comprehensive high schools as they do on charter schools for the sake of equity.

Should the district curb its school choice initiatives (for students who are not in charter schools), so that more students stay in their neighborhood schools? Why or why not?
Respuesta de Gary Woods:

School choice initiatives are a means to attract students to stay in the district.  Yes, they are difficult to manage.  But as the saying goes, it is usually more effective to attract bees with honey than with vinegar.

Large comprehensive campuses allow for multiple learning pathways and extracurricular activities--and this a positive thing.  But not all students do as well on a large campus.  Grossmonrt wants each parent  to know that their child is in the best learning environment possible.

The Grossmont District offers the Idea Center as an alternative to leaving the Grossmont District.  This is another area in which Grossmont is rapidly becoming a West Coast leader.

Are there school discipline strategies or behavioral support programs that you find appealing alternatives to exclusionary or punitive discipline? If so, which ones, and why?
Respuesta de Gary Woods:

Recently Grossmont has instituted a new series of research-based discipline strategies and behavioral support programs that have made a significant impact and reduced student suspensions and expulsions.  The earlier we can do an intervention the more effective that intervention is.  Every student is like an iceburg; we can see the behavior, but we must seek to understand what is behind the behavior. 

Grossmont is committed to correcting behavior and developing emotional intelligence, not punishing behavior.  Emotional intelligence is another area in which Grossmont is rapidly becoming a West Coast leader.  

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Because of his high school teaching experience Gary Woods has been endorsed by the 850 teachers of the Grossmont Education Association.

Woods has protected students at the state level by actively fighting child sex predators and so he is being supported by elected leaders of both parties for this non-partisan office.  He has been recognized in both the California Senate and the California Assembly for his work on the Grossmont Union High School Board.

Woods is listed among key supporters of California Assembly Bill AB18444: Chelsea King Child Predator Prevention Act of 2010.  AB 1844 increases penalties, parole provisions, and oversight for the worst of the worst sex offenders in society, the violent sexual predator that attacks children.  Other key supporters include U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, making this a bi-partisan bill. http://www.sjpoa.com/PDF/ab1844.pdf

Woods has expertise in educational technology, science, business administration, and global teaching strategies as demonstrated by his academic transcripts from Alliant International University.

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Ballot Statement

Summary

Gary Woods, Ed.D.

High School Teacher/Governing Board Member, GUHSD

Twice recognized for his "exemplary service on the Grossmont Union High School Board" in the Californian Senate.

"As a parent, I want children to get the best education possible. As a teacher, my priority is helping students develop ‘Yes. I can do this’ skills.  And as a professor, I know how to prepare students for their futures using advanced educational technology.”

Community Support: Endorsed by 850 teachers represented by the Grossmont Education Association, Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblyman Brian Jones, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, Grossmont Union High School District President Rob Shield and fellow Trustees.

Experienced Educator: School teacher, university professor, and Doctor of Education in Technology and Learning. Committed to being inclusive, helping all our students succeed in college and career. 

Students First: School safety, technology, and college readiness. Key advocate for career pathways and partnerships with local businesses. Passionate about student achievement, innovation, and career-technical education.

Financial Responsibility: Dr. Gary Woods has been key to saving taxpayers money, cutting costs, solar energy, modernizing El Cajon Valley, Granite Hills, Valhalla, and Grossmont High Schools, and building on our already cooperative relationship with the El Cajon Police Department to protect students. 

Leadership Values: Executive Director of EBI International Network of Leadership Institutes in the U.S. and Latin America, a faith-based ministry providing educational opportunities to hundreds of students in under-served communities.

(619) 590-2141

Boardmemberwoods@gmail.com 

www.garywoods2018.com 

GUHSD Homepage https://www.guhsd.net/

GUHSD Trustees https://www.guhsd.net/Board/index.html

GUHSD Trustee Biography https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0nvyn-Eazn3NlREWnJ1TTY1TGc/view

 

 

Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast Leader in High School Education

Summary

The credit goes to the GUHSD team.  Progress is a team effort.  It takes a collaborative, unified team of teachers and educators that demonstrates mutual respect and trust.  No one person can or should claim credit for all the great things that have occurred in the last 8 years.

 

Woods is a long-time resident of El Cajon and is well known as a unifier and encourager to our teachers, parents, community and business leaders. 

 

Woods is a recognized teacher and educator who has brought civility, harmony, and respect to the Governing Board of Grossmont.  Woods has been recognized twice in the Californian Senate for his work on the GUHSD board.

Woods has served on the GUHSD board for eight years and is working diligently to modernize every campus with state-of-the-art facilities, best practices for safe schools in cooperation with local law enforcement, and state-of-the-art technology and science.

 

At the same time, Grossmont has received multiple awards and recognitions for best practices in financial transparency, thanks to our diligent GUHSD leadership team and staff.

 

 

First: Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in engineering, robotics, and science.  In fact, Grossmont is the only school district in the nation that is home to 3 U. S. astronauts: Bill Anders, Ellen Ochoa, and Rich Sturckow. 

 

 

 

Second: Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in career pathways such as agriculture, automotive, digital arts, engineering, health, robotics, sports medicine, and welding. The medical occupations pathway is incredible and the welding pathway at El Cajon Valley High School and the engineering/robotics pathway at Grossmont are receiving national attention.

 

 

 

Third: Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in instructional technology, developing open educational resources,  and creating student digital portfolios.  The Future Forward Initiative which provides Chromebooks for all our students has been fully implemented.

 

 

 

Fourth: Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in facilitating parental engagement through Infinite Campus Portal tthrough which parents can track their child’s progress on a daily basis and teachers can offer scaffolding support before grades become final.

 

 

 

Fifth: Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in developing emotional and social intelligence within students to develop resilience, perseverance, and to combat the negative impact of cyber bullying. Grossmont’s school climate continues to improve as we practice harmony, inclusion, and respect on the board and on each campus.

 

 

 

Sixth: Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in business, community partnerships, and career internships. This is a result of community engagement and collaboration with local businesses, financial transparency, harmony on the governing board, state-of-the art facilities, and the incredible support of elected officials (including Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Senator Joel Anderson who have helped the students of Grossmont in sports, athletic fields, swimming pools, farm land, Californian Senate recognitions, and so many other crucial ways).

 

 

 

Grossmont’s best days are still ahead.  Visit our 16 campuses in person or online and be amazed.  Talk to our recent graduates.  You know something good is happening when teachers in other districts are applying to teach at Grossmont as their first choice.

 

Grossmont Union High School District and Candidate Websites

Summary

Check out the GUHSD website to see for yourself the amazing things that are happening throughout the Grossmont District on the District website.

Videos (2)

— October 15, 2018 Grossmont Union High School District

This is what a positive Grossmont Union High School District Board Meeting looks like.

GUHSD Board Members can be seen working together with disgnity and respect, and then enjoying their work at the end of the meeting.

It is a pity that the Senate of the United States does not work together like this.

Woods September Board Member Report begins at 1:45:00. 

 

— October 15, 2018 Grossmont Union High School District

Dr. Woods October Board Report begins a 1:28:24. 

Grossmont has received multiple awards and recognitions for best practices in financial transparency.

Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in career pathways such as agriculture, arts and media, automotive at Grossmont, digital arts, health, robotics at Santana and Grossmont, sports medicine, and welding.

Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in instructional technology and developing open educational resources, and digital portfolios. The Future Forward program which provides Chromebooks for all students of GUHSD has been fully implemented.

Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in engineering, robotics, and science.  In fact, Grossmont is the only school district in the nation that is home to 3 U. S. astronauts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in developing social and emotional intelligence, among students and has been approached by Yale University to partner together. 

Grossmont’s school climate continues to improve as we practice harmony, inclusion, civility, and respect on the board and on each campus, and fight cyber bullying. 

Grossmont is rapidly becoming the West Coast leader in business and community partnerships and internships.

Grossmont’s best days are still ahead.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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