Continue to support home language teaching and learning at SDRCS

Continue to support home language teaching and learning at SDRCS

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We the undersigned grandparents, parents, guardians, community members, students, and alumni of San Diego Riverside Charter School petition the San Diego Riverside Charter School’s school board and Jemez Valley Public School’s District Superintendent to remove  from his position as principal of San Diego Riverside Charter School, effective immediately. 
Since  was appointed principal by the school board in August 2019, has failed to adequately communicate with our families/guardians of our student population.   Particularly, he has failed to formally introduce himself to our families and parents/guardians which do not know him.  His lack of communication has created a gap between the school and families in informing parents about school policy requirements and activities which are of major importance which effect changes to our Native and Language program to include other pertinent information.   
 
 lacks the necessary professionalism in dealing with the staff and parents/guardians at SDRCS. On several occasions he has displayed uncontrollable anger on phone conversations with staff, during staff meetings and has utilized threatening tactics (to control staff input).  On some occasions he has hung up on individuals in a very unprofessional manner which does not contribute to a healthy working relationship, which is essential for the effective delivery of the teaching/learning process. This type of environment is detrimental to the morale of tenured and new staff members employed at SDRCS and who are committed to the implementation of a curriculum based on the Towa language, culture, and traditions of the community.  His lack of empathy, understanding, appreciation, and respect for the philosophical foundation of SDRCS toward staff and extended families has created an unwelcoming school environment for parents and a non-conducive work climate for staff members. 
 lack of support and understanding of the Towa language, culture, and traditions is having a negative impact on our efforts toward the effective implementation of the home language program.  Our language programs have progressed since the initial charter of our school. The success of the language programs have shown improvements as a result of  the collaborations, coordination, and cooperation with local, state, and federal grants and interagency cooperation with tribal entities. Furthermore,  has removed certain components of the language program vital to the success of the instructional thrust of the program.   unwillingness to collaborate with the staff has impeded the implementation of a viable language instructional program which is of major importance to the education of indigenous students in our community school.  Research clearly supports that “students who are culturally and linguistically grounded have greater success in their personal, social, and academic development.”   
 refusal to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner with tribal departments has tarnished meaningful working relationships.  Historically, positive partnerships have rendered financial support, language training and mentoring projects in collaborations with Institutions of Higher learning and the New Mexico Public Education Department (MPED) which have provided professional development training to us with curriculum and language assessment tools.  These services have been significant in our ability to provide meaningful culturally and linguistic instructional program critical in promoting the vision and mission of our school.  Proper leadership is needed to further support and promote the necessary language, cultural, and traditional goals of our community based school inherent in the initial charter school application.   
  

 

 

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