Superintendent's Community Updates
Each month, Dr. Ekchian shares the latest updates and information with our community. These virtual presentations take place via Zoom and recordings are posted on the Glendale Unified YouTube channel.
Watch the latest presentation - School Budgets and Legislative Action
Glendale Unified is launching a budget and legislative action committee to advocate for sustainable increases in funding for California public schools. This presentation will provide our community with an overview of school budgets and current legislation affecting public school funding, and how community members can become more involved in the legislative process.
Previous Superintendent's Updates
February 17 - Addressing Health Disparities
Topic: Addressing Health Disparities
In honor of Black History Month and celebrating the 2022 Black History Month theme: Black Health and Wellness, Superintendent Ekchian hosted a conversation with local and national experts about how we can work together to address health disparities and better meet the needs of students and families from historically underrepresented communities.
Dominique Holmes, Nursing Director, Behavioral Health, Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center; Co-Founder, Glendale Memorial Healthcare Professions Internship Program
David Lontok, Chief Executive Officer, Comprehensive Community Health Centers
Reva McPollom, CEO, Lessonbee
Gita Murthy, Parent, Clark Magnet High School; President/Founder, Gita Murthy Consulting
Kanchana Tate, LCSW, Mental Health Clinical Program Manager, LA County Department of Mental Health
Douglas Webber, MD, Internal Medicine, Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center; Co-Founder, Glendale Memorial Healthcare Professions Internship Program
December 16 - Building Healthy Communities
Topic: Building Healthy Communities
- Matt Flesock, Executive Director, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind
- Justin Henderson, Director of Community Well-Being, Adventist Health Glendale
- Kathy Young, Vice President - Youth Market, American Heart Association
- Jennifer Chin Gonzales, Director of Nutrition Services, Glendale Unified School District
- Narbeh Der-Gevorkian, Department Chair of Health Sciences / Instructor of College and Career Preparation and Health, Clark Magnet High School
View the Presentation Slides - UCLA Health Sound Body Mind
October 28 - College & Career Readiness
Topic: College and Career Readiness
Our College and Career Readness update featured a special presentation from Dr. Kevin J. Fleming, Vice President of Planning & Development for Norco College and athor of Re-Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century. Glendale Unified students, parents, and acaademic counselors participated in a roundtable converstion with our esteemed panelists about what students can do to prepare for success in college, career, and life.
- Dr. Kevin J. Fleming, Vice President, Planning and Development, Norco College
- Dr. David Viar, Superintendent/President, Glendale Community College
- Dr. Hasmig Baran, Lecturer, California State University, Northridge
- Dr. Narineh Makijan, Coordinator, Glendale Unified College and Career Division
September 23 - COVID-19 Vaccination
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccination
Our COVID-19 Vaccination update featured a special presentation from Dr. Nava Yeganeh, pediatric infectious disease doctor at UCLA and medical epidemiologist and lead of the vaccine unit for the education branch at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Representatives from Glendale Council Parent Teacher Association, Glendale Teachers Association, and the Glendale Unified chapter of California School Employees Association posed frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine to Dr. Yeganeh.