The San Ramon Valley Democratic Club's Thursday, June 28, meeting features presentations by Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and a local speaker John Roe, who will discuss Proposition 32.

Recognizing that California must plan for the future, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson 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.

Craig Cheslog currently serves as the Principal Advisor to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the California Department of Education.

Craig’s responsibilities in this role include serving as personal strategist, advisor to, and spokesperson for Superintendent Torlakson; serving as the Superintendent’s liaison to other major external individuals and organizations; coordinating major education initiatives; and managing the Superintendent’s Initiatives Office.

In addition to conducting outreach for ongoing and prospective educational initiatives sponsored by Superintendent Torlakson, the Superintendent’s Initiatives Office is responsible for the coordination and management of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s day-to-day operations; management of all correspondence received by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; and administration of various awards programs designed to honor students, schools, teachers, and school employees.

Prior to joining the California Department of Education in January 2011, Craig served as the District Director for Assembly Member Tom Torlakson, after previously serving in the same capacity for then-State Senator Torlakson. Among his responsibilities then were managing the day-to-day operations of the Torlakson’s district offices, serving as the primary liaison with local elected officials, directing constituent outreach and assistance activities, and representing Torlakson at meetings and events.

Prior to joining Torlakson’s staff, Craig served as a communications and government relations staff person for nonprofit issue advocacy organizations, including Oakland’s Redefining Progress and the Washington, D.C.-based Concord Coalition. He is also a former national president and current member of the Board of Governors of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a coeducational literary and social society with chapters at colleges and in cities around the United States.

Craig graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies with a minor in education.

The meeting will take place at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, in Danville. Social time at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m., with the program at 7:15 p.m. Members and invited guests can enjoy the dinner and program for $25, non-members $30, presentation only is $5 (requested donation).Please RSVP to Jim Donnelly. Mail checks, made out to Jim Donnelly, to 373 Century Circle, Danville, CA 94526. For more information, visit the club's web site.

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