Vallejo Sister City Annual Meeting and Open House
The Vallejo Sister City Association hosted its Annual Meeting and Open House on Jan. 14 and to say this event was successful would be an understatement.
The event was held in the Vallejo Room at the old children’s library on Santa Clara Street here in Vallejo. Upon arriving guests were prompted to check-in and sign up for a membership to join the Vallejo Sister City Association and enter a drawing for gift certificates to local food vendors and restaurants. As guests piled in on a cold and rainy Saturday, tables were being set up and the local entertainment such as William Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Studio and the Moon Azteca Ballet Folkorico were practicing for their performances.
After the Sister City Association presented awards and voted on some association topics, the event was off to a great start with locals visiting the many tables that represented the sisterhoods and friendships Vallejo has around the world. Tables representing Norway, Japan, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines and Tanzania each had interactive games and activities that families could take part in and even take home. Making bracelets at the Italian table garnered a lot of attention as did the calligraphy and origami table. Throughout the event, in between the informative (and entertaining) cooking show which consisted of Yolanda Kim and Dinah Villanueva Ryan demonstrating how to make kimbap and chicken adobo, prizes were given to kids who could identify African flags and answer trivia questions about our town Vallejo.
Before guests could enjoy the delicious food that was being made and set up around the room, performances from local institutions like President William Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Studio, the Moon Azteca Ballet Folkorico and even a performance of traditional Filipino dance by Cultura International Dance & Ensemble was given to a full room of Vallejo’s family and friends. It was so great to see everyone, but especially the children so engaged and interested in what great cultural value our town has to offer. Then it was time to indulge in all of the great food that represented our relationship with the various sister cities. The line for the food and drink which also included a variation of wines for a small donation was practically wrapped around the room. It was a fantastic turnout that even included Mayor McConnell and other city council members as well.
As everyone was rendered silent while eating their full plates, the hour arrived that everyone was waiting for: the prize announcements for local food vendors. Gift certificates to restaurants like House of Soul, Yo Sushi, Palermos Cucinas Italiana, Selecta Pilipino restaurant and Korean Mama restaurant were given out and winners even took a photo with the mayor. As the event came to close, new members and visitors alike went back to the food table for seconds (and even thirds) and spent time communing with others about their relationship with Vallejo, goals they hope to achieve with the Sister City Association and young ones ran around the room still trying to name flags and win their commemorative two-dollar bills. Even during an historic storm and the dampest of days, it’s nice to see Vallejo citizens come out to support local initiatives such as the Vallejo Sister City Organization and commit to their amazing cultural, societal and humanitarian efforts.
Solano Community College Educator Selected for Fellowship
The Community College Presidents’ Initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (CCPI-STEM) has selected six community college educators for its fellowship program, including an educator from Solano Community College.
The fellowship is one of several initiatives of the Community College Presidents’ Initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (CCPI-STEM) that aim to strengthen community college faculty and administrators and nurture their leadership skills in order to grow and diversify the STEM technician workforce.
The Fellow chosen from Solano Community College is Michael Silva, professor of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences.
“The CCPI-STEM fellowship will help me connect with other national leaders committed to developing the workforce necessary to meet the demands of the bioeconomy,” said Silva. “In addition, I will have opportunities to publish and present my research centered on how local governing agencies partner to support STEM education and STEM economy as part of my doctorate degree at the University of Southern California in Organizational Change & Leadership. Having grown up in an underserved neighborhood, accessing an affordable quality education was the key out of poverty for many. While working in the biotechnology industry, it was the first time in my life that I did not have to worry about how I was going to afford food at the end of the month. It is my mission to ensure the same opportunities for all those who seek to earn a position that allows them to take care of themselves, and their families and pay it forward when and how they can, to do so.”
The CCPI-STEM Fellows program is funded by an Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation and provides an honorarium of $5,000 annually for two years to each of the selected individuals. Support in the second year is contingent on Fellows making satisfactory progress during the first year. In addition to their graduate studies and research the Fellows are expected to participate in professional development and mentoring activities to prepare them for future STEM leadership roles in community colleges.
Solano County Teaching Scholarships Offered
The California Retired Teachers Association, Division 24, Solano County. is offering scholarships to encourage college graduates who are Solano County residents planning to enter the teaching profession in Solano County but needing to complete work for a valid California Teaching Credential.
Scholarship awards of $1,000 or more will be given toward expenses of earning a California Teaching Credential. In 2022, CalRTA awarded 6 scholarships of $3,250 to each recipient.
Those eligible to apply for the scholarships are Solano County residents who have graduated from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree and who are currently enrolled in any accredited institution authorized to grant a valid California Teaching Credential.
To apply for a scholarship or to obtain additional information go to: div24.calrta.org/scholarships-and-grants/ Those interested may also contact the scholarship committee chairperson at email@example.com
Fairfield teacher awarded out of 900K for helping students succeed
IXL Learning, an education company that helps K-12 students and schools succeed through personalized learning technology, recently announced its ninth annual Elite 100 list. The Elite 100 recognizes the top 100 teachers out of 900,000 worldwide who have demonstrated the highest commitment to helping their students learn over the past year.
One of those teachers is Michelle Wilcox from Cordelia Hills Elementary School in Fairfield. Michelle was honored as an Elite 100 teacher following her efforts in helping students succeed academically and using IXL to engage learners on a deeper level with day-to-day instruction.
IXL selected the list of 100 from 900,000 teachers worldwide who used the program in their classrooms, based on usage during the 2021-2022 academic year. This year’s Elite 100 reside in 30 U.S. states, Canada and China, and 71 educators are first-time Elite 100 honorees. To view the full list of Elite 100 winners, visit www.ixl.com/resources/elite-100.
“Educators were entrusted with the difficult job of filling knowledge gaps, stabilizing test scores and cultivating students’ curiosity over the past year. Elite 100 teachers responded to these challenges by personalizing instruction to address the specific needs of each student and recover unfinished learning,” said Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning. “We look forward to helping even more schools tackle their most pressing challenges so that every student feels empowered to succeed and reach their full potential.”