Entries by jpuglisi

Math Power… What’s it all about…

Math power rules our money and in many ways money rules the human world and has deep impact on the physical world as well. Math power rules computer mediated systems such as social media etc.. that have deep impact on our communications, social and emotional identity and well-being. Math power rules our healthcare systems which […]

Principal Profile December 2019

Maria Hernandez, Ed.D. Principal Rio Real Dual Immersion K-8 School 10 Years as Rio Real Principal 13 Years as Principal 7 Years as Teacher This is Dr. Hernandez’ 10th year as principal of Rio Real, previously she served as principal at Rio Del Valle Middle School. Dr. Hernandez was a teacher in the Ventura Unified […]

Rio and the Arts

Rio and the Arts The Rio School District supports the Arts. It provides opportunities for learners to learn and develop as creative, making people. It also provides chances for the community and other experts to engage with the arts being made in Rio. This takes many forms. In many and most classrooms, classroom teachers embed […]

November 2019 Principal Profile – Adeline Mendez

November 2019 Principal Profile Adeline Mendez Principal – Rio Lindo Elementary School 1st Year as Lindo Principal 1st Year as Principal 12 Years as Teacher   This is Ms. Mendez’s first year as principal, previously she served as assistant principal for both Rio Vista and Rio Del Valle middle schools. Ms. Mendez was a teacher at […]


2 BOOKS Post by the Supt. John Puglisi Ph.D. I just finished reading two books, both connecting me to a teacher I have known for some time (Judith Green) and to many other teacher ethnographers. We have many common threads that connect us all but surely ethnography is an elemental part of the weave.  The […]

Math Interest, fluency, and meaning – making.

MATH INTEREST MATH FLUENCY MATH MEANING MAKING   Math Interest, unlike motivation, means exactly what it says – that a person is interested in mathematics. Math as language, math as a way to solve problems, math as a skills set, math as a historical human phenomenon, math as a structure of the universe – or […]

Principal Profile – Ryan Howatt

This year I have decided to write and post a monthly Principal Profile. Principals are key leaders in their community and within the school system itself. Rio’s principals are great examples of a diversity of pathways to manegament/leadership. We ask so much of them on multiple levels and they deliver and help our District grow […]


This week we held our first annual THRIVE conference, THRIVE19. On two days in late September we came togethers as leaders in our educational community. Students, teachers, support staff, parents, partners, business and other leaders came together to celebrate and learn about what is THRIVING in our schools and educational community and to begin to […]