Thursday, March 09, 2006


Character education

Wednesday was the second meeting of the Character Education Task Force, an initiative being led by the Los Gatos Union School District that also involves the high school, LGS Recreation, CASA, Town government representatives and other community leaders who are interested in how we can achieve the next level of excellence in educating and nurturing our children. Guest speaker today was from Project Cornerstone which is a County-wide collaborative that uses 40 nationally-recognized “developmental assets” that are needed for young people to thrive. Half are internal assets like honesty, integrity and responsibility, but half are external -- the support that a child feels from family, school, neighborhood, faith organizations, and the community as a whole. The statistics are startling. There is a significant correlation between the absence of developmental assets and risk-taking behaviors. In other words, the kids who are fortunate enough to be growing up in a positive environment are less likely to use alchol or drugs, experiment with sex, commit violence or crimes, or experience depression. The studies also show that the presence -- or absence -- of developmental assets has nothing to do with the demographics, affluence, or education levels of the community. It's fascinating and important material and I'm looking forward to learning more about how we can incorporate this into Los Gatos. For information on Project Cornerstone go to


Like Mayor McNutt, I too attended the Character Education meeting. I was impressed by the wide variety of groups that attended the meeting , showing the desire of town leaders to continue in the vision of making Los Gatos a wonderful place to live for all citizens, including the young. Kudos to Mayor McNutt for attending the meeting!

Project Cornerstone is a great asset to our community, especially given the fact that the organization helped put San Jose on the map for being one of the 100 best communities for young people! (See
for more information)


Chris Miller
Member, Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees
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