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MDUSD Community Speaker Series: Reshaping the College Admissions Process


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919


Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

Education Conservancy presentation to provide guidelines on making the college admission process more manageable, productive, and educationally appropriate


WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Community Speaker Series


WHEN:  Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6 p.m.


WHERE:  Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove, Concord, 94518



MDUSD ‘s Community Speakers Series is provided to families as an activity to support goals of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  As part of the key goal for Parent/Family & Community Engagement, parents, families and community members will be informed, engaged, and empowered as partners with MDUSD to support student learning.  See the LCAP at a Glance to learn more.


On December 8, the Community Speakers Series will present “Turning the Tides: Reshaping the College Admissions Process” with Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director of the Education Conservancy, a non-profit organization committed to improving college admission processes for students, colleges and high schools.  The goals of the Conservancy include:

  • To increase the awareness and understanding of commercial influences in college admissions.
  • To provide a platform for educational values to assert their proper role in college admissions.
  • To promote educationally appropriate admission practices.
  • To make college admissions a sensible and productive set of processes for all.
  • To foster collaborative behavior among colleges.
  • To generate specific admissions-related ideas and recommendations for colleges, students, and counselors.

The “Turning the Tide” presentation is based on a collaborative project with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to develop strategies for colleges to revise the college admissions process to be less commercial and high-stakes. A description and report can be accessed here. An associated news magazine story on the subject can be accessed here.


Upcoming Community Speakers Series events include:

  • January 18, 2017: Marijuana and Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2017
  • February 1, 2017: What’s Going On With Math: Supporting Your Student with Common Core Mathematics
  • February 22, 2017: Kids in Today’s Pressure Cooker:  Fostering Resilience in Students
  • March 9, 2017: LCAP Budget Advisory Committee Workshop

Students, parents, and staff are welcome at all events. Translation services will be provided.  For more information, please call (925) 682-8000, ext. 4016.

Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:12/5/16
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