The Board has two work sessions scheduled for this month.
The first, today, Thursday June 10 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, will be on Math. No agenda details are available but there is sure to be a powerpoint and it is sure to appear on the District web site soon. I have to believe that the Board is looking for a report on the implementation of the curricular alignment, the implementation of the Theory of Action from the High School textbook adoption, and some update on student academic progress in math.
Next week, on Wednesday, June 16, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, will be a Board Work Session on Advanced Learning. I honestly cannot imagine what the District staff will have to report
They cannot report on the response to the APP Review because they have quietly dropped that project from list of Strategic Plan strategies.
They cannot report on the implementation of the APP curriculum because they have not implemented the APP curriculum - the one that was supposed to have been fully implemented with the start of school in September 2009.
They cannot report on the quality or efficacy of the Advanced Learning programs because they make no assessment of the quality or efficacy of the programs.\
They cannot report on progress reviewing and revising Policy D12.00 as the Board voted to direct them to do on January 29, 2009 because after a year and a half they haven't done any work on it.
Here are some other things they won't report:
They won't report that Spectrum capacity in the Northeast is inadequate.
They won't report that - with a couple notable exceptions - Spectrum programs south of the Ship Canal exist only on paper.
They won't report that there are no assurances of quality in any of the Advanced Learning programs.
They won't report that elementary APP at Lowell is 150% the size of elementary APP at Thurgood Marshall.
They won't report that the District has broken every commitment ever made to Advanced Learning communities.
They won't report that the District has gone against every recommendation made in the APP Review.
They won't report that program placement of Advanced Learning programs has been political and in violation of the Program Placement policy.
On the whole, I really can't think what in the world they will report other than the number of students in the various programs.
This is the moment when I wish more than ever that I were a Board member. I would not hesitate to ask about ALL of these things.