I’ll admit it, the notion that the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) should “start a blog” gave me just a little pause. Having entered the world of social media through Facebook and YouTube just over a year ago, we are still somewhat new to all of this. Would people be interested? Does CEF have enough to share about education in Carlsbad and the role that we and many others play in helping make it even better?
Whatever misgivings I may have had initially, the basic fact remains: a more informal way of sharing our perspective on a variety of educationally focused topics is a good thing. After all, blogs are supposed to be more direct, more conversational and less professionally polished, which when done right allows for the give-and-take of a real-world dialogue.
For these reasons and more, I’m proud to launch CEF’s first blog. My goal is to provide a more direct and timely means of sharing perspectives. I’m privileged on at least a weekly basis to see great things happening in our Carlsbad schools. I also see many of the major challenges that face our schools and community as well as our teachers, students and their families.
At its core, the work of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation in our community is pretty simple: to help raise private funds that enable us to make targeted investments in programs to benefit the 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. Fundamentally, CEF helps move the needle in making our schools an even better place to educate our kids.
Given the bleak funding environment across California currently and the impact this has on Carlsbad specifically, our work is more important than ever (for example, visit http://www.carlsbadunified.com/ for timely updates and opinions). The way CEF works in the intersection between a wide variety of donors on one hand and our public schools on the other offers a unique perspective on Carlsbad and our collective hopes of making this community an even better place for our students.
So thank you, in advance, for joining us in the launch of this blog… and more importantly, for joining us in the evolving dialogue around high-quality public education and the role we all can play in helping support our kids.
Please feel free to drop me a line at Valin@CarlsbadEd.org if there is a specific topic you’d like me to cover in the coming weeks.