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Meet Scotts Valley’s new Superintendent of Schools

An announcement from the Board:

The Board of Education would like to invite the Scotts Valley Community to meet Penny Weaver, Scotts Valley Unified School District’s new superintendent.

Ms. Weavers’ passion is in educational leadership.  She has an affinity for working with people, a style of positive communication and transparency in practice.

Please plan to drop by during either of the times listed below to join us in welcoming Penny Weaver as she begins her leadership in the Scotts Valley Unified School District.

When & Where?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Mint 4652 Scotts Valley Dr. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at Hilton in Scotts Valley 6001 La Madrona Dr. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

These events will be a no-host bar and light appetizers will be provided.

How to handle Facebook friend requests?

photo_25250_20101224[1]If you use Facebook I’d guess you too probably have a backlog of friend requests. Having been on Facebook for several years and with 180 friends I’ve reached a point where I struggle to justify letting more people into my status stream. At 180 I already find myself looking back through older updates to find interesting things.

Most of my pending requests have been out-of-the-blue, old high school friends/acquaintances or people whom I’ve met online but never in person and the occasional complete stranger. In some instances I’ve probably been mistaken for one of my brother’s.

The whole notion of a “friend request” implies having to pass judgment on the relationship you have with the requestee which can feel awkward at times even though that awkwardness isn’t really shared. What’s the proper “etiquette” when you’ve been mistaken for a sibling especially for distance relationships?

I’ve noticed my wife and I both let requests we can’t decided immediately on sit in the queue for months at a time with no clear resolution in sight. I haven’t looked but I wonder if there is a way to simply turn off friend requests or perhaps better yet inform the requestee they should contact you directly first?

Personally, I prefer my Facebook social graph be more personal nature and less work/professional using LinkedIn for the latter.

Do you have the same problem? How do you handle friend requests?

[UPDATE] Interesting related article.

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EdSource Reports Explaining California School’s Financial Situation

As part of keeping abreast of the latest news on California’s public schools I subscribe to EdSource which recently emailed the following with links to various reports on the state of our public schools. 

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EdSource Reports Explain Schools’ Financial Situation

In an attempt to raise public awareness of the severe budget cuts California schools have experienced over the last three years and prevent further declines in school funding, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today declared a "state of financial emergency in California schools."

EdSource has published three separate reports that explain much of the factual basis behind this declaration, with the most recent being released today.


All are free to download!

School Finance Highlights publication imageSchool Finance Highlights 2010-11 *New*

Discusses the budgetary decisions made in 2010-11 that will affect K-12 education this year and going forward. Provides important context for understanding Gov. Brown’s 2011-12 budget proposal and its potential impact on K-12 education.

Dollar being stretchedChallenging Times ~ December 2010 

Examines the financial circumstances of California’s school districts and their actions to cope with the demand to "do more with less." 

How California Ranks cover imageHow California Ranks ~ September 2010

Compares California’s education expenditures and other key indicators with those of other states.

Forum Brochure coverGet updates on the budget at the EdSource Forum


California‘s independent Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor will present the most current information on the state budget, including a timely analysis of the governor’s budget proposal and Sacramento budget decisions and actions. 

The Future for Public Education in California 

March 18, 2011  8:30 am – 3 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, Irvine


Register today!

EdSource is an independent not-for-profit research organization dedicated to clarifying complex education issues.

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Enabling Facebook Insights aka Social Analytics for your Domain

As a follow-up to my previous post Facebook allows you to tie your domain to an application, page or Facebook account allowing you to track usage through Insights which is Facebook’s version of Google Analytics on their platform.

Facebook Insights

The green button at the top right reads “Insights for your Domain” where you can specify where you want to track statistics. By tying your domain to one of the three choices you can gain insight into your visitors. When I went to setup my domain tied to an application I ran into a message indicating that I needed to have “Connect Base Domains” enabled. I recalled a Facebook application setting that mentioned connect so I used the Developer’s application to edit the Facebook application that I was trying to tie Insights too.

To set this correctly, you need to:

  1. Browse to /developers on Facebook
  2. Click on your application (or create a new app)
  3. Select Edit Settings
  4. Click the Web Site tab
  5. Set the Site URL and Site Domain fields accordingly for your domain
  6. Return to the /insights page and setup Insights for your domain