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Dr. Mike McKibbin for San Juan Unified School Board


The change our students need. The voice they deserve.

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Dr. Mike McKibbin for San Juan Unified School Board


The change our students need. The voice they deserve.

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It's all and only about the kids.

What makes Mike great for this job?

I believe my background as a teacher, parent, and consultant on educational policy provides me with a unique set of skills that I would like to apply as we a face a pivotal time for this district and our children.

My work with boards and panels has taught me that when making policy decisions-

You don't need to be the smartest person in the room, or even the most passionate, but you do need to be the best listener.

Then you make your best judgement remembering - It's about the kids.

educator - father - new voice

If elected I will focus on our first mission which is providing the best possible education for all our children.  In addition to assuring that all students have the foundational skills that they need, I want to assure that our students have an opportunity to find their purpose and their passion.  I believe that all students bring considerable talents with them to their classrooms.  We must do a better job of exploring those and incorporating them into their learning, particularly as they learn to solve problems and explore their creative talents. 

I believe that at the heart of improving our schools and helping every student reach their potential are teachers that are engaged in the never ending process of encouraging their students.  Because I believe that there is no one right way to teach any subject, we must constantly explore new strategies to offer instruction.  We must encourage risk taking and exploring the mistakes that we make, because understanding where we went wrong is one of the most powerful tools of learning.

I believe that we vastly under-utilize the talents of parents, grandparents and community members of our district.  Community members can play a much more substantive role as we build a community of learners.  In a time when resources are scares, some would argue that it is time to lower expectations for our students and our community.  I would argue just the opposite.  We must come together as a community and use our human capital to increase what we expect of each other as we invest in our students.  

 

EXPERIENCED

Mike is a lifelong teacher, parent and community member dedicated to improving schools and developing star teachers for our students.

CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE

Mike has taught in elementary, high schools and colleges for fifteen years. He has volunteered in his son’s schools for the last eleven years tutoring teaching the school's anti-bullying curriculum and other school duties. He has visited hundreds of classrooms and interviewed thousands of teachers seeking what it takes to be a great teacher and building self-renewing schools.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE

Teaching villagers how to raise chickens in India as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in the Big Brother Program, working with children as a coach and umpire, giving blood, serving in the Rotary Club of Orangevale, participating in community advisory boards, Mike is committed to making our communities a great place to learn and grow.
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SCHOOL AND DISTRICT GOVERNANCE

Mike was elected to the School Site Councils at the elementary schools where his son attended.  He has also been appointed to the district’s Curriculum, Instruction and Student Services Committee and has served for eight years.  He serves on the district’s Strategic Planning team, and was asked by his son’s high school to serve on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee.
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RESEARCH

Mike has been involved in research on teaching since 1972.  He has participated in more than thirty research studies in the areas of school improvement, staff development, curriculum design,  and teacher development.  This research resulted in more than eighty publications including books, chapters, governmental reports, and refereed articles.
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DEVELOPMENT

Mike has been involved in the development of products for teacher and curriculum development throughout his career.  From his first days as a teacher when he rewrote the Sophomore World History curriculum and readings to make them readable, engaging and challenging to his struggling students to creating a program that would bring into teaching thousands of second career, military and others who wanted to become a teacher using a “learning by doing” format, he has created products that were user friendly.
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POLICY  MAKING

Dr. McKibbin was involved in the development of education policy for twenty-seven years while working at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Over the years he made more than eighty presentations that made policy recommendations  on teacher certification and teacher preparation and to this Governor appointed board.  He was involved in the drafting of legislation on the topics of subject matter preparation for elementary teachers, linking professional growth and continuing education to credential renewal and providing alternative, practice-based ways to become a teacher.
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Accomplishments, Awards, and Honors


Dr. McKibbin has been recognized for his service throughout his career. From his college activities to his policy work bringing teachers into California’s classrooms. Watch the You Tube video about the award given in his name by the California Teacher Corps.

Accomplishments, Awards, and Honors


Dr. McKibbin has been recognized for his service throughout his career. From his college activities to his policy work bringing teachers into California’s classrooms. Watch the You Tube video about the award given in his name by the California Teacher Corps.

Accomplishments

  • Throughout Mike's career he has been the author of more than 80 books, chapters, refereed journal articles, and policy papers on teacher preparation, school curriculum, teacher staff development, school improvement, and alternate pathways into teaching.
  • Mike has been invited by state agencies and school districts in 26 states to work with teachers to develop their repertoire of teaching strategies to expand the learning opportunities of children and youth.
  • Mike have been asked by numerous boards and panels to help find better ways to recruit and select teachers and to propose fundamental changes in ways to operate schools.
  • Mike was requested by the Republic of Palau (a set of small island in Micronesia) to create a certification system for their teachers and administrators

Awards and Honors

  • Mike received nine academic, athletic and leadership awards at Purdue University  
  • Mike was the first graduate student from Teacher's College to be named an International Fellow at Columbia University in 1972-1973
  • Mike received the National Association for Alternative Certification Outstanding Service Award, 2002
  • Mike has been presented with five outstanding leadership/service awards from five different agencies throughout California, 2003-2007
  • Mike was bestowed a Distinguished Leadership Resolution by the California State Senate upon his retirement in 2009
  • The Annual Outstanding Teacher by the California Teacher Corps is named after Mike, 2012 Award Ceremony pictured.
 

MEDIA: Dr. Mike McKibbin's colleagues talk about the creation of the
Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator Award.

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Mike's Family


Dr. Mike McKibbin is invested in making the school system a better place for students, including his own son Mark.

Mike's Family


Dr. Mike McKibbin is invested in making the school system a better place for students, including his own son Mark.

Celeste

Celeste McKibbin, Ph.D

Professor:
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D., is a professor of speech-language pathology at CSU Sacramento. She is also a part time speech therapist in San Juan Unified School District, working with preschoolers, elementary students, and teenagers. She has volunteered for years in San Juan classrooms. She and her husband Mike have been married for 24 years. Celeste loves being a mother to 16-year old Mark. She collects books to give to at-risk low income students in our community, and has given away over 80,000 books to children in need. Helping children in poverty to gain literacy skills is her passion.

Mike

Mike McKibbin, Ed.D.

School Board Member:
with your help!

Mike has lived in San Juan District for thirty-one years. After teaching for fifteen years teaching  in elementary, high schools and universities, Mike took a job doing public policy work with the state teacher licensing agency. He has been privileged to spend his career helping schools improve and finding and preparing teachers to teach our most challenged students. Now he seeks the opportunity to apply what he has learned  to our own school district to provide better opportunities for all of our students to learn and grow.

 

 

Mark

Mark McKibbin

Editor-In-Chief:
Casa Roble Chronicle

Mark McKibbin is a 16-year old junior at Casa Roble Fundamental High School in Orangevale. He is Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, president of the Interact (Junior Rotary) Club, Founder and President of the Mock Trial Team, and captain of the school's tennis team. Mark loves politics, and hopes to someday be a social justice lawyer and politician. He has attended San Juan Unified schools since kindergarten.

 

 

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