A message from the Director
Redwood City finds itself at a crossroads of contradictions, with District’s students and families caught in the middle. As the city experiences rapid growth, another sector of the city is feeling the financial hardships that come with skyrocketing rents. At the same time, the political climate has created a cloud of fear amongst the community, inhibiting them from seeking resources and support when they need it the most. The district too is increasingly suffering the consequences, manifested in daily school life with students and families in crisis.
Despite all of this, the commitment to the work of community schools and to serve our most vulnerable youth is clear among every stakeholder: district leaders, principals, partners. The community school team, composed of community school coordinators, family center admins and district staff works tirelessly in supporting our families through incredibly difficult times. It’s an amazing pleasure to grow with this team, I am humbled every single day by our team member’s commitment and spirit of service.
There is not a single partner that we have not learned a new best practice, skill, or approach from, every single one of them comes with professionalism, preparation, and limitless generosity towards our students, community, and partnership. I am honored to work with our students and families, who, traditionally labeled “vulnerable” due to systemic imbalances in opportunities, are the most resilient and committed people I know.
How great it is to go to work every day and see the magic happening.
Pati Ortiz, Director of Community School Partnerships
 over 40 organizations work at our schools!