Sonoma County Office of Education

SCOE Fellowship Seeks to Measurably Increase Student Engagement

08/29/2018 -

Jessica Progulske with Matt Dunkle at El Molino celebrate the Rooster FellowshipThis August, representatives at SCOE visited eight teams of educators from different school districts to let them know they’d been selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship meant to measurably increase student engagement in Sonoma County schools.

The program, called the Rooster Fellowship, builds off work done in previous years to spread restorative practices, an approach to increasing student engagement and buy-in while minimizing the need for expulsions and suspensions that harm student learning. This school year, teams will specifically focus on student engagement. When students feel invested in their education, they are more likely to graduate on time and see numerous other positive outcomes.

Each Rooster Fellowship team consists of four members representing different aspects of the educational system that must all work together to achieve success: A district administrator, a site administrator, a certificated classroom teacher, and either a para-educator, student, parent, community member, or industry partner. They will test out ideas to see what works, then come up with ways to spread these best practices to the larger school community.

Teams will meet weekly throughout the year. All fellows will come together monthly to share their goals, progress, and data.

The teams announced so far include:

Chuck Wade at Casa Grande presents Rooster Fellowship Announcement
  • Casa Grande High School in Petaluma City Schools
  • Dunbar Elementary School in Sonoma Valley Unified School District
  • El Molino High School in West Sonoma County Union High School District
  • Herbert Slater Middle School in Santa Rosa City Schools
  • Old Adobe Elementary Charter in the Old Adobe Union School District
  • SCOE Special Education
  • Windsor High School in Windsor Unified School District

Congratulations to the teams that have committed to this intensive process to ensure students are engaged!