Business and Civic Leaders Went Back To School on Wednesday

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By BRANDON VILLALOVOS

5:55 am | October 5, 2017


Local business and civic leaders spent the day in the principal’s office on Wednesday for the annual Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) “Principal for a Day” program, allowing them to gain perspective on the school system from within.

The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) sponsors the program which matches the talent and expertise of local community members with a school principal and hosted a luncheon Wednesday afternoon following the academic takeover.

“Principal for a Day creates partnerships that strengthen our schools and tomorrow’s workforce,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “We welcome civic and business leaders to our schools so that they can see first-hand the vibrant and innovative teaching and learning that is preparing our students for success in college and careers.”

In its 12th year, the Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day program has involved more than 389 community members and helped build lasting relationships between the schools, businesses, and the wider community.

Participants spend a morning on campus shadowing a PUSD school principal, giving them a rare and valuable perspective of running a public school.

“If doing this program serves as any evidence, I think it makes you all a little bit better, too,” said Pasadena Educational Foundation Executive Director Patrick Conyers, “by knowing the reality of what is happening in our public schools, seeing it and experiencing it and then bringing your expertise to bear on what’s happening in the schools,” Conyers added.

This year guest principals include: Judge Paul Watford – U.S Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit, Steve Schell – Co-founder and CEO New Matter, Jennifer Hall Lee – Filmmaker, Elizabeth Jones – Institute for Educational Advancement, Felicia Williams – City of Pasadena Planning Commissioner, David Eads – Executive Director and CEO Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and State Senator Anthony Portantino.

The 2017 class of “Principal for a Day” graduates gathered for a luncheon and to meet other principals and community leaders at Altadena Town & Country Club to share their experiences.
Jason Roberts, co-founder and Executive Director of the Math Academy, served as this year’s keynote speaker.

Other speakers include, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, State Senator Anthony Portantino, and PUSD Board of Education President, Roy Boulghourjian.

“We simply cannot have a successful city unless we have a successful public education system,” said Mayor Terry Tornek.

The mission of the Pasadena Educational Foundation is to support, enhance, and supplement the programs, initiatives, and priorities of the PUSD, according to their website.

The PEF works to build excellence in the public schools of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre through operating and supporting enriching and creative educational through events like “Principal for a Day”.

Until next year, schools will be back in session with their regular principals as usual.

For more information, visit: http://www.pasedfoundation.org/principal-for-a-day/2017-principal-for-a-day/.