At the May 17th meeting, the GATE District Advisory Committee for San Diego Unified School District voted to elect Jennifer Marrewa as Chair for a 2-year term beginning in August 2021. Another election will be held in the fall to fill out the Executive by electing 2 Vice Chairs.
Jennifer, who lives in the Madison Cluster and is the parent of 3 children, was 2nd Vice Chair of the GATE DAC for the past 2 years. She is also a GATE-certified teacher who has worked in SDUSD.
Voting will occur at the May 17th meeting of the GATE DAC. Only the appointed school representatives who make up the membership of the GATE DAC may vote (community members and District staff are welcome to attend the meetings as non-voting guests). Executive officers are elected by winning a simple majority of the votes cast.
By a two-thirds vote of the members in attendance at the voting meeting, the GATE DAC may also extend the term of a sitting Executive Board member. Dave Vaughan is the current Chair, and the 1st and 2nd Vice Chairs are Janis Tan and Jennifer Marrewa. Dave and Janis both live in the Pacific Beach cluster, and Jennifer is in the Madison Cluster.
Due to the pandemic, all meetings are being held virtually on Zoom. Agenda and meeting link will be posted here in advance of the meeting. All school reps sitting on the GATE DAC should also receive an email with instructions prior to the meeting.
The objective of the GATE DAC is to INFORM, EDUCATE & ENGAGE.
Running to be on the Executive of the GATE DAC gives you a unique opportunity to see inside the inner workings of the District, interact with District administrators and School Board trustees, work with the other parent leaders in the District (who represent ELL, special education, Title 1 and the PTA), and to influence policy on gifted education.
GATE is under constant threat of being eliminated so if parents don't advocate for it and ensure it is meeting the needs of gifted families then it will disappear and thousands of special-needs students will not get the educational services they require.
Besides having an impact on how GATE is run you also get the chance to meet and help support GATE families. You will be in a position to inform parents about giftedness and gifted education and help them get their questions answered and concerns addressed.
Does your school currently have a rep sitting on the GATE DAC? Many do not! Do you know who that parent is? Do they have an alternate parent assigned, who is also allowed to attend the meeting and vote?
Speak to them to ensure they plan to vote on May 17th. Not sure who it is? Check your school's GATE Program Summary online here to find out who your GATE DAC rep is or ask your Principal or GATE Lead Teacher.
IF NOT: if your school doesn't have an active rep, then speak to your Principal asap to have them nominate someone. Perhaps you would like to volunteer to be your school rep instead of running to be on the Executive? Any way that you want to get involved and advocated for gifted students is much appreciated!