This school year, we are pleased to be in the midst of planning a series of community events designed to engage and educate both the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the broader community.
First up: On September 29 we will honor longtime AUSD educator Dr. Ardella Dailey by dedicating our preschool program to her. Over the last 40 years, Dr. Dailey has worked as a principal, school district administrator, and superintendent for AUSD, as well as a Board of Education member. Currently, she serves as Associate Professor Educational Leadership (DEL) in the College of Education and Allied Studies (CEAS) at CSU-East Bay.
AUSD’s Board of Education voted in December 2022 to name the preschool program after Dr. Dailey, in honor of her long service in our District and unwavering commitment to social justice and supporting our most vulnerable students and families. During the gathering, speakers will give remarks about Dr. Dailey’s many contributions to AUSD and the surrounding community, and we will unveil a new plaque honoring her. The dedication ceremony will take place at Woodstock Child Development Center, 500 Pacific Ave., at 4:30 p.m.
On October 12, we are planning a forum on book banning efforts across the country, as well as how AUSD teacher librarians curate inclusive school libraries. The panel will feature several AUSD librarians and will be moderated by Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi. We are super excited about this opportunity to have a public conversation about a topic that has become so concerning in public school districts. This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include time for questions at the end.
And on November 9, we’re providing a forum on the risks of fentanyl to our youth and how families can respond. The featured speaker will be Dr. Emily Watters, an Alameda resident, psychiatrist, and substance abuse expert, as well as an associate clinical professor on the volunteer faculty of UC San Francisco. Dr. Watters will discuss current trends in fentanyl use and overdoses, as well as ways for families to approach talking to their children about the risk.
Please watch our AUSD website, social media accounts, and this space for more information about these and other upcoming events. You can also find information about upcoming events on the AUSD calendar and news page.
Susan Davis is the Senior Manager of Community Affairs for the Alameda Unified School District. Reach her at [email protected].
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