Thursday, July 9, 2020

Newsom Appoints Yurok Education Department Director Jim McQuillen to State Board of Education

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click to enlarge On Monday, July 6, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Yurok Education Director Jim McQuillen (left) to the State Board of Education. - SUBMITTED
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  • On Monday, July 6, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Yurok Education Director Jim McQuillen (left) to the State Board of Education.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has recently appointed Yurok Education Department Director Jim McQuillen to the California State Board of Education.

“I am honored to receive this appointment by Governor Newsom,” McQuillen said in a release. “In this role, I will continue to advocate for our native students and for all students to receive equitable educational services.”

According to the release, McQuillen is the first Yurok Tribe citizen to serve on the board, which is the state's K-12 policy-making body for academic standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessments and accountability. 
“I will continue in my current position as I give it my best to represent the unique needs of our students, which is more important than ever before because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this new reality, we need to develop novel methods of engaging students in the learning process, since they may continue to learn remotely going into the fall. I want to help our youth feel more connected to each other and the community as a whole through participation in safe activities that promote wellness and inclusivity,” McQuillen said in the release.

Read more about McQuillen in the press release below.
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