Day in the Life
Arlette De La Cruz

About Arlette

Arlette De La Cruz
The Broad Residency 2018-2020
Director of Strategic Growth, Summit Learning Teacher Residency
Summit Public Schools

Arlette de la Cruz is a member of The Broad Residency's 2018-2020 cohort and project manager for enrollment, operations and facilities at Aspire Public Schools.

 
2
May 29
6:30 a.m.

My alarm goes off.  I snooze it.

7:00 a.m.

The second alarm goes off and I get out of bed.  I start my day getting ready and packing my lunch.

7:50 a.m.

I head out the door to BART to Oakland.  I commute on public transit almost everywhere I go.

8:45 a.m.

I get to the office and prep my tea.  I review my calendar and email to see what’s ahead for the day.

9:00 a.m.

I draft a ParentSquare (a messaging system we use to communicate with families and school site staff) message to families to share updates about the construction project at our elementary school.  I’m the project manager for this and send periodic messages to staff and families to share progress and other information.

9:30 a.m.

I have my biweekly Enrollment Check-In with our Berkeley Maynard Academy (BMA) school.  The business manager is unavailable.

10:00 a.m.

I have my weekly check-in with my manager.  We run through a status list of last week’s items and then check in on upcoming deadlines.  We discuss our strategic plan and milestones for next year.

11:00 a.m.

I have my biweekly Enrollment Check-In with our ERES Academy school.  I speak to the Business Manager about her enrollment numbers.  They’re doing okay.  This is one of our schools that has strict capacity constraints so it’s always hard to try to over enroll and create a buffer against attrition.

11:30 a.m.

I check and answer emails.

12:00 p.m.

I have lunch at my desk.  I’ve signed up for a vegan/vegetarian meal delivery service and have a salad every lunch to help me have healthier meals.

12:30 p.m.

I download the enrollment updates for this week.  I create graphs and draft the email message to Principals, Superintendents, and other stakeholders sharing the week’s enrollment updates and shout outs. I add the update to the weekly regional newsletter.

I answer emails in between.

2:00 p.m.

I research the California School Finance Authority grant guidelines.  We have a grant that will help pay for the construction project I’m helping to manage.

3:00 p.m.

I work on the outstanding project management tasks for the construction project.  I get quotes from vendors and fill out internal templates to submit to Finance.

I answer emails.

4:00 p.m.

I have my biweekly check-in with the Chamberlin Family Foundation team that funds and leads the construction project for our school.

4:30 p.m.

I head to BART to head home.

5:15 p.m.

I get home and get ready for my pilates class at 6pm.

6:00 p.m.

Pilates! I really enjoy pilates, it’s part of my health and self-care routine.

7:15 p.m.

I get home, shower, and prep dinner.

8:00 p.m.

I have dinner with my partner. We catch up on our day.  We watch the Daily Show every night. I unplug for the rest of the night, but check email to make sure there’s no emergency and to check out what’s going on tomorrow.

9:00 p.m.

I really unplug and unwind now and watch something else on TV.

11:00 p.m.

I go to bed.

3
Aug 15
6:30 a.m.

My alarm goes off.  I snooze it. 

7:00 a.m.

My second alarm goes off and I get out of bed.  I start my day by getting ready and packing my lunch. 

7:50 a.m.

I head out the door to take the BART to Oakland.   

8:45 a.m.

I get to the office and prep my tea.  I review my calendar and email to see what’s ahead for the day. 

9:00 a.m.

check our enrollment and attendance data dashboard.  I update our enrollment tracker, which tracks enrollment against our budget targets.  School started on August 5thso I track enrollment numbers every day.  This allows us to keep a finger on the pulse of potential underenrollment and quickly respond as needed to ensure that schools are fully enrolled.  I will continue to track enrollment every day until mid-September. 

10:00 a.m.

I connect with two colleagues to discuss upcoming Regional Day PD. 

10:30 a.m.

I call an under-enrolled school to assess their needs.  I speak with the Business Manager and support with some coaching and advise on outreach strategies to try to get more students in the door. 

11:30 a.m.

I check and answer my emails. 

12:00 p.m.

I have lunch at my desk and eat my Thistle salad.  I take a walk around the office park. 

12:30 p.m.

I download the enrollment updates for this week.  I create graphs and draft an email to Principals, Superintendents, and other stakeholders sharing the week’s enrollment updates and shout-outs. I add the update to the weekly regional newsletter. I respond to emails in-between. 

1:00 p.m.

I host our biweekly Construction Project Management call. I learn that school was delayed a week in order to create a buffer for construction delays, which helped. I review the statuses of several improvement projects occurring throughout the summer. We discuss the first grant reimbursement submission to cover the costs of the improvement projects. 

3:00 p.m.

I answer emails and catch up on other side projects. 

4:45 p.m.

I take a Lyft to Triumph Academy to attend a Principal Chat. 

5:15 p.m.

About thirty families attend the Principal Chat to hear more about the school’s goals, performance, and facilities updates. I provide Spanish translation for the chat. 

6:30 p.m.

Time to head home.  Our Principal offered me a ride to the BART station (yay!).  We spend the time catching up and debriefing the meeting. 

7:00 p.m.

I hop on BART.  Finally! The train is delayed due to some police activity.  I use the time to respond to a few emails. 

8:00 p.m.

I’ve made it home! I stop at the grocery store to pick up some dinnerI’m very hungry at this point. 

8:30 p.m.

My husband makes it home and we catch up on our day. I unplug for the rest of the night, but still check email in case of emergency, and review my schedule for tomorrow. 

9:00 p.m.

I really unplug by unwinding and watching TV.

11:00 p.m.

I go to bed.

4
Nov 6
6:30 a.m.

My alarm goes off.  I snooze it.

7:00 a.m.

My second alarm goes off and I get out of bed.  I start my day by getting ready and packing my lunch.

7:50 a.m.

I head out the door and take the BART to Oakland.

8:45 a.m.

I get to the office and prep my tea and coffee.  I review my calendar and email to see what’s ahead for the day.

9:00 a.m.

Our third charter renewal for Richmond Technology Academy timeline changed.  Instead of being due in January, it’s now due by Friday! I spent half my day yesterday working on the production materials for submission.  I continue printing copies and assembling 7 binders that include the petition, 36 appendices, and other documents.  I also conduct a quality check to make sure all materials are correct and organized.  We need to make sure the submission is perfect for the authorizer.

1:00 p.m.

I grab some lunch.

1:30 p.m.

I answer emails and work on other pending items.

3:00 p.m.

I attend the Bay Area Leadership Team Meeting.  I recently joined the Regional Leadership Team.  We meet every week to discuss the strategic plan, upcoming professional development, and other items.

4:30 p.m.

I help our Family Engagement Manager welcome and organize families for Berkley Maynard Academy’s Charter Renewal Hearing at Oakland Unified (“OUSD”).  The public and some organized groups have disrupted the Board meetings.  Their goal is to stop school closures and budget cuts.  It is a very tense time in Oakland public education.

6:00 p.m.

Thankfully, we are first on the agenda, which should help us get out of here at a decent time. Our Principal and Assoc. Superintendent present our petition along with students and parents. The board asks follow-up questions. Ten of our families and students provide public comment in support of the renewal.

7:00 p.m.

Our presentation ends and I head home. I’m happy that we got through it with minimal interruptions from some attendees.

7:30 p.m.

I’ve made it home! I eat some leftovers.

8:30 p.m.

My husband makes it home and we catch up on our day. I unplug for the rest of the night but check email to make sure there’s no emergency and to check out what’s going on tomorrow.

9:00 p.m.

I really unplug and unwind now by watching random stuff on TV.

11:00 p.m.

I go to bed.