The Lamorinda Democratic Club's monthly meeting on Thursday, January 12, will feature Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, discussing "A Blueprint for Great Schools."

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at a new time of 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Cheslog's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Recognizing that California must plan for the future, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson following his election in November 2010 brought together 59 leaders from across California—teachers, parents, community, labor and business leaders—to share their thinking about education in the state. The resulting report, A Blueprint for Great Schools (, provides vision and direction for our education system: including a focus on 21st Century learning, meeting the needs of the whole child, and rebuilding the ranks of California’s teachers with resources and respect.

Cheslog's responsibilities as Principal Advisor include providing strategic policy advice to Superintendent Torlakson, directing the Superintendent's special projects and initiatives; serving as the Superintendent's liaison to other high-level individuals and organizations; managing the Superintendent’s Initiatives Office, Executive Office Support Unit, Awards Unit, and Superintendent's Correspondence Unit; and representing the Superintendent at speeches, meetings, and other events.

Prior to joining the California Department of Education in January 2011, Cheslog served as the District Director for Assemblymember Tom Torlakson, after previously serving in the same capacity for then-State Senator Torlakson. He also served as the Political Director for Torlakson's successful campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2010. Cheslog has served as the Lamorinda Democratic Club's president since June 2008.

Cheslog graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor's degree in government and legal studies with a minor in education. He lives in Lafayette with his wife Kari Dahlen, and their two children who attend a local public school.

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