Seattle Council PTSA General Meeting on Monday April 7th from 7-9pm.
This will be a good one as the Superintendent will be there, along with top staff to answer questions.
Curriculum and Instruction Meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Agenda
Wednesday, April 9th
A really long day for some Board members that includes these meetings:
Executive Committee Meeting from 8:30 am-10 am, Agenda
Oversight Work Session: Teach&Learning Part 1 from 4-5:30 pm.
This will cover ELL/International programs and Special Education. There is no mistaking that this is NOT enough time to go over a program and its issues AND allow Board members to ask questions. It's a very frustrating experience to see this process continuing on.
Presentation: ELL/International programs. To note: under Threat/Risks: Clear shared vision and mission that is concrete for all SPS staff - well that's not good.
I reviewed the presentation and it says almost nothing on International Programs.
Page 10 and 11 have charts of ELL student progress that are very unclear. I hope someone on the Board calls this out. The middle school chart of gains is somewhat alarming as six of the schools reflect losses from 2011-12 to 2012013. It's worse for high school (although the World School had outstanding gains).
Also to note is that apparently the district is out of compliance with the State with ELL identification and services for migrant students.
Update on ELL: I found an information sheet (from a past ELL presentation) that said that they were not collecting demographic data like:
- student's level of education in native country
- student's native language proficiency
- student's proficiency in content areas such as math
- student with interrupted formal education (SIFE)
Presentation: Special Education
Work Session:Washington Schools Risk Management Pool from 5:30-6:30 pm
Presentation not available.
Work Session: Budget from 6:30-8:00 pm
Presentation not available.
Thursday, April 10
Operations Committee Meeting from 4:30-6:30 pm, agenda not yet available.
Audit & Finance Committee Meeting from 4:30-6:30 pm, agenda not yet available.
Friday, April 11th
BEX Oversight Committee Meeting from 8:30 am-10:30 am
To note from the Feb. minutes: Nova and World School are to stay at Meany for another year. The minutes say: The initial cost of the delay negotiated down to was $82k. I'm a bit confused if $82K is for this year's delay and if there are further costs in keeping Nova and World School at Meany another year. As well, Olympic Hills is to get a health clinic.
Saturday, April 12
Community Meeting with Director Carr from 8:30 am to 10 am at Bethany Community Church
Community Meeting with Director Martin-Morris from 11am to 1 pm at the Montlake Branch Library